Exploring Arkansas

When it comes to the most popular travel destinations in the US, Arkansas is usually not at the top of the list. Yet the Natural State has a lot to offer travelers, and you should definitely think about visiting it on your next trip. Below are some of the top reasons why you should make Arkansas your next vacation location.

 

Little Rock

 

Little Rock is the capital of Arkansas. The city was named for a rock that sat on the banks of the Arkansas River. Early explorers used the rock as a landmark while they conducted surveys throughout the area.

 

If you are interested in US history, then you have to visit Little Rock Central High School. In 1957 nine African American students (the Little Rock Nine) entered the school in accordance with integration laws. However, the students had to leave the school due to the violent mob of white people who protested outside. The school is one of the most important sites in Civil Rights history.

 

Fans of Bill Clinton shouldn’t skip the William J Clinton Presidential Library and Museum. The library features numerous important photos from Clinton’s presidency as well as gifts that Clinton received while he served as president. Take a look at some of the past temporary exhibits that the museum has featured.

 

Fort Smith

 

Fort Smith is located on the western edge of Arkansas. The city is famous for being the location of the western novel True Grit. Visitors who want to learn more about the city’s history need to visit the Fort Smith National Historic Site. The site features numerous exhibits that highlight Arkansas’ frontier past. History buffs will also enjoy visiting the Fort Smith Museum of History. If you prefer to explore nature, you will fall in love with the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center. At the center, you’ll find trails, a man-made lake, and even an aquarium.

 

Other Destinations

 

  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Crystal Bridges is located in Bentonville, Arkansas—the headquarters of Walmart. The museum focuses on American art and features works by Jackson Pollock, Charles Willson Peale, and Norman Rockwell.
  • Museum of Native American History – Also located in Bentonville is the Museum of Native American History. The museum is home to numerous Native American artifacts.
  • Blanchard Springs Caverns – Travelers can tour two of the cave systems that make up the Blanchard Springs Caverns.
  • Garvan Woodland Gardens – At Garvan Woodland Gardens you’ll find a number of trails to explore amid beautiful blooming flowers. The gardens comprise the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas.