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Arkansas

4.4
State Parks · Historic Sites · Art Museums
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene. Make Arkansas central to your United States travel plans using our United States day trip planning app.
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Places to visit in Arkansas

Hot Springs Trip planner BEST FOR: Spa, Garden, Historic Site Bentonville Trip planner BEST FOR: Art Museum, History Museum, Park Little Rock Trip planner BEST FOR: Architectural Building, Historic Site, Bridge Eureka Springs Trip planner BEST FOR: Religious Site, Wildlife Area, Monument Fayetteville Trip planner BEST FOR: Garden, Theater, Water Body

Popular things to do in Arkansas

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Spa
Spas Hot Springs
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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Architectural Building
William J. Clinton Presidential Library Little Rock
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Cave
Blanchard Springs Caverns Fifty Six
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Arkansas

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History Museum
Museum of Native American History Bentonville
4.8
Duration: 1 hour
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History Museum
The Walmart Museum Bentonville
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
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History Museum
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History Springdale
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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History Museum
Gangster Museum of America Hot Springs
3.4
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Arkansas

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Hiking Trail
Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead Ponca
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel Bella Vista
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Mountain
Hot Springs Mountain Hot Springs
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Forest
Craighead Forest Park Jonesboro
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Arkansas

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State Park
Petit Jean State Park Morrilton
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Beaver Lake Eureka Springs
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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State Park
Crater of Diamonds State Park Murfreesboro
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
Water Body
Lake Ouachita Hot Springs
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Arkansas

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Science Museum
Scott Family Amazeum Bentonville
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Science Museum
Mid-America Science Museum Hot Springs
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Zipline
Zipline Hot Springs
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Safari
Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari Gentry
4.4
Duration: 4 hours

Shopping in Arkansas

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Fresh Harvest Tasting Room - Eureka Springs Eureka Springs
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Fox Pass Pottery Hot Springs
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Evilo Oils & Vinegars Hot Springs
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Turner Bend Outfitters Ozark
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Lesson / Workshop
Terra Studios Fayetteville
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Wildlife Area
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Eureka Springs
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Religious Site
Thorncrown Chapel Eureka Springs
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Casino
Southland Casino Racing West Memphis
4.1
Duration: 2 hours