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9 Top Places to Visit in Arkansas

Bordering six different other states, the Natural State of Arkansas is home to astounding lakes, rivers, reservoirs and extensive parks. Arkansas was only the 25th state to join the Union.

The Southern state is home to about 150,000 acres of wilderness which are absolutely perfect for  outdoorsy escapades. You may hike, camp, fish or hunt in the expanses of the Wonder State.

Here we run through 9 of the top picks for your vacation experiences in the Bear State. From Thorncrown Chapel to Mammoth Spring State Park, here are the places you tour in Arkansas.

  1. Mount Magazine State Park

Mount Magazine State Park
Mount Magazine State Park

Lying on the state’s tallest peak, Mount Magazine State Park offers pristine views of wide-ranging panoramas. From hike trails to campgrounds to rock gliding surfaces, the state park of the renowned Bear State offers it all. You may hang-glide, horse ride, hike a trail or rock climb in the astonishing peaks for all your adventure wishes. Furthermore, a trip to the visitor center lined with exhibit gallery and a gift shop offer a perfect start or cap to your trip.

  1. Thorncrown Chapel

Thorncrown Chapel
Thorncrown Chapel

Designed by Fay Jones of the Prairie School of Architecture in 1980, Thorncrown Chapel is an unusually constructed wood structure with high glass walls. Moreover, its strategic location in the middle of the lush forest complements the 48-feet tall spiritual building.

  1. Crater of Diamonds State Park

Crater of Diamonds State Park
Crater of Diamonds State Park

Star of the Wonder State of Arkansas, Crater Diamonds State Park is home to some literal gems visitors can explore. The 910-acre park also features 38-acre field which serves as the world’s only free-to-access diamondsite. A playground and a Museum completes the trip at the source of the rare Wagner Diamond.

  1. Mammoth Spring State Park

Mammoth Spring State Park
Mammoth Spring State Park

An astonishing 34-million litres of 58-degree water gushes down the Mammoth Spring State Park every hour. The natural landmark in Fulton County  offers boat rentals and a biking/walking path. Lastly, visit the revamped 1886 train depot as well as the Frisco Railroad Caboose.

  1. Arkansas Air and Military Museum

Arkansas Air Museum
Arkansas Air Museum

This museum documents all the developments in the aviation world in Fayetteville since the first commissioning of flights. The displays span generations up to and beyond the Vietnam War and both the World Wars. Expect to time travel and see such astonishing sights as the Bell AH-1S Cobra Helicopter – the first modern-age combat helicopter. Other highlight early-day war airliners include the Mystery Ship, H2IC Shawnee and Douglass A-4 Skyhawk.

  1. Buffalo National River

Buffalo National River
Buffalo National River

Running twistingly round the Ozark Mountains, the Buffalo National River is the home to some uncommon wildlife. Expect deer, bobcats and more in the protected national site. You also get to explore the rocky riversides and the whole range of three wilderness areas atop horseback. Before heading out for your wild excursion on the free-flowing river, you may learn all there is about it at the Tyler Bend Visitor Center.

  1. William J Clinton Presidential Library and Museum

William J Clinton Presidential Library and Museum
William J Clinton Presidential Library and Museum

Don’t let the contemporary architectural exterior design dupe you into undermining the richness of history within. The postmodern design actually borrows much from the past as it symbolizes the bridge between the past and future. The idea of the structure came off the six bridges lining the Arkansas River. Head down to Little Rock and tour the library of the 42nd President of the United States – President Bill Clinton.

  1. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

This historic site was responsible for the beginning of desegregating the education of American children. It was thereby an important step into the Civil Rights movements of the 1950s and 60s. The school has been promoted into a National Historical Site to always be a reminder of the struggle to end segregation.

  1. Hot Springs National Park

Hot Springs National Park
Hot Springs National Park

Officially established in 1921, the Hot Springs National Park was believed by the American Indians to possess healing features. Further equipped with bathhouses and an observation tower, visitors get into the non-stop thrill of the hot springs in Ouachita. The american spa is a compulsory draw for the rich and poor alike wishing for a bath in the thriving city.

 

 

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Originally posted 2017-05-05 05:52:09.

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