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Arkansas Travel Guide: 5 Places to Visit


Arkansas Travel Guide: 5 Places to Visit

I was born and raised in Arkansas. Most people I come across in my travels have never been to the state. Sometimes they’ve never even heard of it. When they ask, “What’s in Arkansas?” I lightheartedly respond, “A lot of rice.”

All jokes aside, Arkansas doesn’t get enough credit. Not only is my home state historically significant, it is made up of gorgeous hiking trails, mountains, and rivers most Americans have never seen. Although I could rant about Arkansas’s attractions for way too long, I’ll give you a short rundown. Here are five of my favorite places in Arkansas.


    Arkansas Travel Guide: 5 Places to Visit
    Sunrise in Little Rock, Arkansas. Blurred barque in the foreground.

    Arkansas’s capital is full of history. See Little Rock Central High School, the site of the first African American integration in the 1950s. Bill Clinton was born in Arkansas and became the state’s governor for 11 years, so the Clinton Presidential Library was built. Visit the library’s exhibits to learn about America’s 42nd


    Arkansas Travel Guide: 5 Places to Visit
    This famous place on the Whitaker’s Point trail is the number 1 most photographed spot in Arkansas. A male hiker enjoys the view standing hundreds of feet above the Ozark mountains forest below.

    Hawksbill Crag is probably the most scenic spot in Arkansas. You’ll find this cliff off of Whitaker Point Trail in the Ozark Mountains, a two-hour drive from Little Rock. You can hike the trail in about an hour, so accessing the crag is easy. Hawksbill Crag is a photographer’s dream in any season and at any time of day.


    Arkansas Travel Guide: 5 Places to VisitI’ll bet you didn’t know there is a national park in Arkansas! In Hot Springs National Park, you’ll find 47 natural hot springs, many of which you can bathe in. The park also has several scenic hiking trails.


    Arkansas Travel Guide: 5 Places to Visit
    Waterfall at Hot Springs National Park. 70 degrees C hot.

    Arkansas has a little something to offer all you backpackers out there! Ozark Highlands Trail is a 218-mile trail in northwest Arkansas that stretches throughout the Ozark Mountains, alongside the Buffalo National River. I don’t recommend hiking this trail in summer, because Arkansas humidity is brutal. If you go in late October, you’ll experience the state’s best hiking weather.


    Arkansas Travel Guide: 5 Places to Visit

    Want to dig for diamonds? Good news, Arkansas is home to the only diamond site open to the public. You can enter the park for only $10, and you keep any diamonds you find. You can also look at the exhibits to learn about diamonds and how to identify different types of diamonds you find at the park.

Have you ever traveled to Arkansas?  If you have did you have any favorite things to do?  Share them with us in the comments!


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  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    I would love to take a real, honest to goodness trip with the family to Arkansas. We’ve driven through, and it’s a beautiful state.

  2. Melissa Chapman says

    We love iking especially my husband so those parks and trails look amazing. That Hawksbill Crag is so spectacular i would love to go.

  3. Catherine Sargent says

    This looks like a wonderful place to go on vacation. I have never been, but I would love to check out the Ozark Highlands Trail.

  4. Melissa Chapman says

    We love to hike especially my husband so I would love to try those parks and trails. I have never been to Arkansas but that Hawksbill Crag is a place I would love to see.

  5. Bill Sweeney says

    I saw a show on Arkansas once on the travel channel, and I’ve wanted to visit every since. It’s a gorgeous state.

  6. Maureen says

    Arkansas looks like a wonderful place to visit and experience for sure. Such beautiful scenery and more! Appreciate you sharing, as I hadn’t thought of visiting there yet! Now I just might!

  7. Kelly says

    Oh my gosh, these places all look stunning! I would love to visit Hawksbill Crag – but if I was there I would do all 5!

  8. Theresa says

    We drove through Arkansas and thought it was a stunning state! I’d love to go back and explore it more. And dig for diamonds. How cool would that be to find some!?

  9. Pam says

    All of those parks sound cool, but Crater of Diamonds is really unique. I would love to visit there one day.

  10. Mitch says

    We love seeing America first! Thanks for all these great recommendation sin Arkansas, it is getting added to the list!

  11. Laura Grace Tarpley says

    Thanks, everyone! I’m glad I could give some recommendations–I’m very passionate about my home state!

  12. Seattle Travel Blogger says

    Arkansas seems like an inexpensive destination.
    I also like all the amazing opportunities for natural scenery.

  13. Toni | Boulder Locavore says

    This makes me want to plan a trip to Arkansas this weekend! Wow! Looks like a great place for a weekend getawaty! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Louise Bishop says

    I have a friend who lives close to there. She said she loves visiting that area.

  15. Adrianne Betz says

    What a gorgeous spot to visit. I would love to go here.

  16. Cindy Gordon says

    I’ve heard about how beautiful Arkansas is. I have been through it but have never stayed there.

  17. Dawn McAlexander says

    Arkansas sounds like a cool place to visit. I have never been there, but I would love to check it out someday. I will see about getting a trip here soon.

  18. Our Family World says

    I’d love to visit the Hot Springs National Park. It must be so relaxing to bathe in those natural hot springs! I will have to remember all these place if and when we go on a road trip to Arkansas!

  19. Brianne says

    Wow what a great guide and suggestions. Your photos are beautiful!

  20. Angela Milnes says

    These are all sounds a great place to visit and I love all your beautiful photos glad that you share this with us

  21. Shannon Gurnee says

    I’ve been to Arkansas once and it was much different than I imagined it being. I thought it was really pretty where I visited.

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