Crystal Bridges Trail in Bentonville
- The Natural State
Blues, barbecue, sports and the great outdoors
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 peoples.
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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.View more