Known as The Natural State for stunning mountain vistas and clear running streams, Arkansas is so much more. Cities like Little Rock, Hot Springs and Bentonville offer a cosmopolitan feel, while a visit to one-of-a-kind Eureka Springs will stay with you for a lifetime.
The Delta region is where the blues were born and Johnny Cash’s musical journey began and the tradition is alive and well in the towns and cities where it began, especially Helena and Little Rock . Bill Clinton, another Arkansas son, also launched his political path in the state, and sites commemorating the legacies of both Cash and Clinton can be toured today.
Arkansas is also the rice capital of the world and home to one of only three purse museums on the planet.
Throw in Crater of Diamonds State Park, where you can dig for real diamonds and keep what you find, and Arkansas truly is a unique treasure to discover.
From its rugged mountains and rolling rapids to its historic small towns, caves and mines, Arkansas’s 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 alive with the sound of blues, jazz and folk and you can hear folk music on the banjo and fiddle, country blues played in the original style.
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’s earliest people.