Photographing Window Rock in Ouachita National Forest
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville
An illuminated sculpture on the exterior of The Momentary, a contemporary art destination in Bentonville
The rainbow-colored lights of Junction Bridge, a pedestrian and bicycle pathway in Little Rock
Fall foliage views from Whitaker Point in the Ozark Mountains
An array of paths for pedestrians and cyclists in downtown Little Rock
Kayaking through whitewater rapids at Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area
River Rail Trolley parked alongside a restaurant in the Little Rock's River Market neighborhood
Aerial view of Bathhouse Row and other historic buildings in Hot Springs National Park
A live performance at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, where folk music is considered a way of life
- The Natural State
Blues, barbecue and the great outdoors
Unique Cultural Experiences
Experience natural, historic and musical landmarks on a road trip along one of a dozen scenic byways, starting with the drive from Hot Springs to Eureka Springs. Along the way, visit Historic 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’ Indigenous American peoples.
For those looking for a musical retreat, look no further than the Delta. This region is home to several nationally recognized musicians such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Levon Helm and Johnny Cash. The Delta blues tradition is alive and well in the towns and cities where it began, especially historic Helena and Little Rock. In Mountain View, hear folk music on the banjo and fiddle or country blues played in the original style, and tour Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess.
Bill Clinton, another Arkansas son, launched his political path in the state, and sites commemorating his legacy can be toured today. Want more interesting finds? Stuttgart, Arkansas, is one of the world’s top rice growing destinations, and Little Rock is home to the Esse Purse Museum & Store, one of only two purse museums on the planet.
Time in the Great Outdoors
From its rugged mountains and rolling rapids to its mysterious caves, Arkansas’ landscape reflects the scenic variety of this part of the USA. The state packs in seemingly limitless camping sites, hiking trails and waterways to excite even the most-traveled adventurer. Bring your mountain bike or rent one here and head out on one of the state’s five Epic Rides, as designated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). Don’t miss Crater of Diamonds State Park, where you can dig for real diamonds and keep what you find.
Situated on the eroded surface of a volcanic crater, Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro in one of the only places in the world where the public can search for real diamonds at their source.
In 1985, Arkansas made the fiddle its official state instrument in honor of its folk music tradition.