The Natural State is an appropriate name for Arkansas, with its sprawling, beautiful landscape. From white water rafting on the Cossatot River, to hiking the Boston Mountains in the northwest, to the Hot Springs National Park in the center of the state, there is much to do throughout the state. The Cossatot River, preserved in a state park in western Arkansas, features a gorgeous waterfall and the best white water rafting in the state. Visitors to Hot Springs National Park have been relaxing, bathing, and even treating illnesses there for hundreds of years. The nearby town of Hot Springs awaits visitors interested in a small town getaway.
In the heart of the Arkansas, Ozark Valley is the city of Fayetteville. For those who can’t quite make it to New York City to see the real thing, there is a replica Statue of Liberty remembering the lives lost in World War I. Another interesting site to check out is the Confederacy Cemetery, a moving tribute to the southern lives lost during the Civil War. Another great piece of Civil War history is the Headquarters House Museum, which served as the headquarters for the Confederacy as well as the Union at various points during the struggle. Just a small travel outside of Fayetteville is Devil’s Den State Park. The park contains over 140 campsites along with hiking and mountain biking trails.
Another scenic spot in the Ozarks is the Buffalo National River, which was the nation’s first national river in 1972. It is an unpolluted, free-flowing river that begins in the Boston Mountains and is surrounded by the Ozark Mountains and around 300 caves. The location being perfect, hiking trails are close enough to the river for hikers to be able to take a dip anytime they need to cool off. Arkansas is also home to over 2,000 caves and the world’s only public diamond mine in which visitors keep what they find.
If you crave indoor destinations, the small town of Eureka Springs steals hearts with its quaint downtown, featuring shopping, antiquing, restaurants, museums, and spas. Visitors can travel by trolley, carriage, or simply strolling through this town named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of its “Dozen Distinctive Destinations.”
Little Rock, the capital, also offers many city adventures. The city sits on the Arkansas River, which provides great views of huge skyscrapers towering above the natural beauty.