My husband has lived in Arkansas since the age of 8 or 9 years old (a transplanted west Texan). I moved to Arkansas when I was 11 years old, but my family had vacationed in Arkansas for several years prior to relocating here. During those vacation we visited several Arkansas State Parks and Attractions.
After 27 years of marriage, I’m determined to get my husband to go to some of these locations that in the past 40 some odd years that he’s been an Arkansan, he has never visited. Seriously, his family didn’t ‘get out there’ in their home state. For instance –
1. Did you know we have an Elephant Sanctuary?
2. Did you know we have a Big Cat Sanctuary?
3. Did you know we have a Diamond Mine and the public can dig for diamonds?
4. Lots of Beautiful State Parks.
5. Tons and Tons and Tons of History! From Dinosaurs, primitive Indians, Wild West, famous explorers, Civil War Battlefields, plantations, and many famous and infamous people. Check out the Historic 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. (My daughter was married in the formal gardens and the reception inside the hotel – photos.
6. Ridiculous number of outdoorthings to do. Camping, hiking, rafting, canoeing/kayaking, motorcylce rides through the mountains, biking, lake sports, golf courses, horseback riding, antiquing, crafting, caving (yes, caving), fishing (world record trout caught in Arkanas. Yes! Arkansas.)
7. Natural Hot Springs in America’s first National Park – Hot Springs National Park. (Horse racing in the spring).
8. Check out the State of Arkanas Calendar of Events for activities going on around the state.
9. 133 Waterfalls in Arkansas. Yes! 133.
10. Over 9,000 miles of Rivers and Streams in Arkansas.
These are just a few oppportunities to take advantage of in Arkansas. I invite you to take a look at the photography of one of the country’s premier photographers, Tim Ernst, a resident of Northwest Arkansas. This is Arkansas!
Need an online tour guide? Take a tour online with AETN’s Exploring Arkansas. This is Arkansas!
We’ll be spending our summer taking several mini-vacations around the state. I’m very fortunate that I live in my favorite part of the state, Northwest Arkansas. Some of Arkansas’ most beautiful vistas are just an hour and hike away. So, grab your tent, rent a cabin, pack your outdoor gear and visit Arkansas. You won’t regret it. I promise.