Arkansas Tourist Attractions
Traveling to Arkansas may be your next adventure. The state is bordered by the Mississippi River and is known for its wilderness areas and abundant parks. Its Ozarks region is a beautiful place for hiking and exploring limestone caves. In the capital city of Little Rock, you can visit the Clinton Presidential Center, which houses the presidential archives of Bill Clinton. For some fun facts about the state, check out the following infographic. We hope you enjoy your time in Arkansas!
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The Ouachita and Ozark mountain ranges are found in the southern part of Arkansas. The state is also home to numerous state parks and wilderness areas. You can hike through limestone caves and visit hiking trails in the Ozarks region. The state capital, Little Rock, is also a good place to visit for a day trip or for a longer vacation. Getting around the state is easy, thanks to the abundance of tourist attractions.
The state’s climate has influenced the development of two distinct regional cultures. The mountainous Ozark and Ouachita regions developed on subsistence farming and small wood-products industries. By contrast, the Mississippi floodplain region grew on cotton plantations and extensive tenant farming. In addition to the varied topography, Arkansas has a diverse landscape. Travelers to Arkansas can expect to experience a unique blend of cultures. The state has an overall low number of snowfall and has a mild climate.
Hot Springs #1
Hot Springs is located in the Ouachita Mountains. The hot springs are surrounded by a wide range of attractions. The town’s history is a complicated one. History buffs can tour the Gangster museum of America and the 1888 Victorian Bath Houses at Bathhouse Row (where they still offer hot water) to learn more.
Families can enjoy hours of entertainment at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park, or hop aboard a National Park Duck Tour and Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat Tour. Art lovers will enjoy the First Friday Art Walk through Hot Springs Fine Arts District. There are dozens to choose from, and nature lovers can enjoy fishing or water sports at Lake Ouachita State Park.
Little Rock #2
Arkansas’ capital city of Little Rock is a perfect vacation destination for the whole clan. The city offers an impressive selection of attractions for all ages. There are plenty of historical sites to explore for history buffs. These include the William J. Clinton Presidential Center (a landmark in the Civil Rights struggle), the Little Rock High School National Historic Site, and Old State House Museum.
You can visit historic Quapaw Quapaw Quarter if you’re a fan of historic architecture. Art lovers can explore the vibrant arts scene in Arkansas by visiting the Arkansas Art Museum or the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Or, they can catch a Broadway performance. There are many attractions that are suitable for children, such as the River Trail Trolley ride, Little Rock Zoo visit and the Museum of Discovery interactive.
Bentonville in central Arkansas was established as a settlement in 1836. This town is most well-known for its headquarters of the retail giant Walmart. While you will be able to visit the fascinating Walmart Museum, you can also stroll the streets of Bentonville to see other historical attractions, such as Bella Vista Historic Museum or the Museum of Native American History.
Art lovers will love the public art installations that surround them. The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art also offers an array of sensory delights. Many parks and lakes surround the city offer a variety of trails and biking routes.
Mountain Home #4
Mountain Home, located in the southern Ozark Mountains, is a wonderful place to spend your vacation. Visitors come to enjoy the incredible variety of water sports offered by the Twin Lakes, the three surrounding rivers, where they can spend hours fishing or boating, tubing, and water skiing.
Mountain Village 1890 is a historic replica of an Ozark Mountain Village. For an escape from the water, visit Bull Shoals Caverns. They have an underground stream. You can also visit Norfolk National Fish Hatchery, or take a walk on some of the scenic trails. The Twin Lakes Playhouse will complete your day.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art #5
Alice Walton, along with the Walton Foundation, founded this museum in northwest Arkansas. Permanent and temporary exhibitions from the past 50 years of American culture are displayed under one roof.
Notable works include those by Andy Warhol (and Norman Rockwell), and Georgia O’Keeffe (and many others). Crystal Bridges offers a visually pleasing viewing experience because of its architecture and the surrounding natural spaces.
Crystal Brides maintains three miles of trails across their 120-acre property. It is worth taking a leisurely stroll down the Art Trail.