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Arkansas the Natural State
Arkansas the Natural State
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From its rugged mountains and rolling rapids to its historic small towns, caves and mines, Arkansas’ landscape reflects the scenic variety of this part of the USA, all the way down to its Delta. While it may be known for the verdant Ozarks and mighty rivers running through the bluffs, it’s also one of the birthplaces of blues, jazz and folk. The Delta blues tradition – and the much-boasted-about fact that Johnny Cash was born here – is alive and well in the towns and cities where it began, especially Helena and Little Rock. Hear folk music on the banjo and fiddle, country blues played in the original style or tour Cash’s boyhood home.

Experience both natural and musical landmarks on a road trip along one of a dozen scenic byways; start with Hot Springs to Eureka Springs. Along the way, visit Washington State Park to learn what it was like to live as a pioneer or head to the Museum of Native American History to see pottery and tools left by Arkansas’ earliest people.

Arkansas the Natural State
Arkansas the Natural State
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Fun Fact

Arkansas Fun Fact
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In 1985, Arkansas made the fiddle its official state instrument in honor of its folk music tradition.

Must see places

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

See the world’s largest collection of American artwork in this Moshe Safdie-designed museum set squarely in Arkansas’ pastoral wilderness.

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Sunset at Hamilton Lake

Ozark Mountains

Experience the famed northern Arkansas highlands through a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, zip-lining and horseback riding.

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Quapaw Baths in Hot Springs National Park

Hot Springs National Park

These thermal springs, 47 in all, flow from Hot Springs Mountain to create “The American Spa.” Stop by the modern bathhouse for a soak in them or just enjoy the beautiful vapors rising up into the trees.

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Stalactites at Blanchard Springs Cavern

Blanchard Springs Caverns

Below Ozark National Forest, explore a network of caves created by springs, each one saturated with color, studded with crystalline formations or crawling with critters like the salamander. Two levels are open to the public, but to go as low as possible, take the Discovery Tour 112 meters below the surface.

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Peacock at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs

Garvan Woodland Gardens

The University of Arkansas’ extensive botanical garden, which is devoted to preserving and showcasing the Ouachita landscape, includes a canopy bridge, promenades, lawns and even a model train garden.

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Magic Springs and Crystal Falls

This water and theme park in Hot Springs has it all, and for all ages, with roller coasters, water slides and even concerts.

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Wegner Crystal Mine

Dig for quartz crystals, diamonds and other gems at this 16-hectare surface mine in the Ouachita Mountains and take home some treasures, or try hard mining at one of Wegner’s deeper veins.

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Crater of Diamonds State Park

Find your diamond in the rough at one of the world’s largest volcanic craters bearing the gem and then get it certified at the park’s Diamond Discovery Center.

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Buffalo National River

Canoe through placid waters and over running rapids on this 217-kilometer national river, the first of its kind in the USA.

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White River

The tail waters of this river that cuts right through the Ozarks are an angler’s dream. Full of rainbow trout, the White River is an internationally recognized fishing destination.

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Hot Springs National Park

Take an hour, or an entire day, to visit an urban park, where American Indians some 14,000 years ago sought out the healing powers of pools of unusually cold and hot spring water. As exploration moved west, it was natural for a few cabins to be built around the bathing spots and, for the past 150 years, ornate bathhouses have drawn visitors to experience the 65-degree Celsius water flowing from Hot Springs Mountain. Tour the historic Fordyce Bathhouse, and stroll the Grand Promenade, which included a bandstand as early as 1901. If time permits, hike to the Mountain Tower. Don’t forget to test the water.

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Blissful isolation at a sandbar in the Ten Thousand Islands
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Destination

Naples