Known as “The Natural State”, Arkansas is a wonderful place to visit. As well being home to mountains, forests and other natural areas, there are also many exciting and interesting places to visit including a large number of historic sites and museums.
Here are some attractions in Arkansas:
1. Battle of Fayetteville (in Fayetteville): An annual reenactment of the American Civil War battle that took place in the area.
2. Bikes, Blues and Barbeque (in Fayetteville): A large annual motorcycle rally that takes place around Dickson Street.
3. Blanchard Springs Caverns (in Mountain View): A spectacular three-level cave system that offers guided tours and is administered by the US Forest Service.
4. Central High School (in Little Rock): This school was a key site during the civil rights struggle. Famously, in 1957, President Eisenhower deployed the 101st Airborne Division to escort nine African-American students into the school. Although still used as a school, the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a designated National Historic Landmark, and contains a National Historic Site.
5. Christ of the Ozarks (in Eureka Springs): A giant statue of Jesus on top of Magnetic Mountain that overlooks the city.
6. Fort Smith National Historic Site (in Fort Smith): See the remains of two frontier forts, and the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas, where Judge Isaac C. Parker, known as the “Hanging Judge”, served for 21 years.
7. Magic Springs and Crystal Falls (in Hot Springs): Two theme parks in one (a single admission price includes access to both parks). Magic Springs includes many rides, and Crystal Falls is a water park which is open from May to August.
8. Ozark Military Museum (in Fayetteville): A museum that preserves aircraft and memorabilia from World War II and other conflicts. The museum is home to a variety of vehicles, 2 flying aircraft and 12 static aircraft.
9. River Market District (in Little Rock): A downtown area which is the main social and cultural hub of the city. The area is home to a twice weekly farmers’ market, as well as shops, galleries, restaurants, bars and museums.
10. Thorncrown Chapel (in Eureka Springs): A spectacular chapel that was designed by noted American architect, E. Fay Jones.
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