Arkansas may not be what one automatically thinks of when deciding where to go on vacation, but the state of Arkansas is not only wonderfully filled with natural expanses, it is also home to happening towns like Little Rock, Bentonville and Fayetteville. Whether you are a little bit country or a little bit rock and roll, there is something to suit everyone’s fancy in the Natural State.
Northwest Arkansas is home to the Wal-Mart and Tyson corporations and is a fast growing area. New malls and new attractions are coming in at an ever increasing rate. People are moving to the northwest corner from all around and have created a housing boom.
Sites to see in the Northwest include the Walton Arts Center. The Walton Arts Center is located in downtown Fayetteville along Dickson Street. It is home to ballets, concerts, plays and more. Come see Aida, take the kids to see Jeff Corwin and a parade of unusual animals, or enjoy the Nutcracker.
While in the area why not visit the Wal-Mart Visitors Center. Locate in downtown Bentonville, the Visitors Center is housed in the original Wal-Mart store. The Center looks like an old five and dime store and tells the Wal-Mart story of success.
If you are a history buff, visit the Pea Ridge National Military Park. It is the site of one of the largest Civil War battles west of the Mississippi River. The park is 4,300 acres and includes a self-guided tour with 10 stops.
For the nature lovers, stop by Devil’s Den State Park in West Fork. The park encompasses Devil’s Lake and is home to cliffs, waterfalls, and caves. Visitors can camp, canoe, hike, ride bikes, or ride horses.
Northeast Arkansas is home to Davidsonville, the oldest city in Arkansas, and the first post office and courthouse in the state. Cities like Jonesboro, Batesville, and other down home cities are located in the portion of the state. Johnny Cash grew up in this area and graduated from Dyess High School.
Drive down the Crowley’s Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway which passes by several parks and civil war cites. This 200 mile passage is full of breathtaking views.
Visit the Arkansas Craft Guild Gallery in Mountain View. It houses and sells crafts by some 300 plus artists in the south.
Stop by the Forum Civic Center and Theatre in Jonesboro. This one day movie theatre has been revamped and now serves as a performing arts center. Come see Steele Magnolias or take the kids to see Aladdin or the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
The Southwest corner of the state is home to such travel destinations as Hot Springs National Park and Texarkana.
Visit a city in two states. Texarkana straddles the Texas-Arkansas line and is home of the Texarkana Museum of Regional History. Learn about the agricultural, industrial, and civil rights history of the region.
Take a relaxing bath in the natural springs in Hot Springs National Park. This federally protected land features 47 hot springs with a temperature around 147 degrees Fahrenheit. Or tour the town as it is Bill Clinton’s hometown. See the sites he would have seen as boy and eat where he would have eaten.
The Southeast region is home to the largest city in Arkansas, Little Rock and is full of plenty of things for visitors to do.
Little Rock is the capitol of the state and has many exciting sites to see, including Little Rock Central High School, the Little Rock Zoo and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum. Stop in and take in a concert at the Alltel Arena or visit during the summer and catch the Riverfest. This three day event features multiple bands play on several stages on both sides of the river that separates Little Rock from North Little Rock.
Listen to the sweet sounds of symphony at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Twice a year the professional regional musicians that make up the Pine Bluff Symphony give a concert.
Check out Cedar Falls or the gorgeous overlooks within the Petit Jean Mountain State Park near Oppelo. Picnic, fish, hike, or swim at this wonderful state park. It features breathtaking views and lots to do. Any outdoor adventurist would love it here.