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Vacation 2 USA   >   Arkansas


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Arkansas is one of the Southern states of the United States. It is a land of mountains, thick forests and fertile plains, and hence its nickname is "The Natural State".

The capital and largest city of Arkansas is Little Rock. Other well-known towns and cities in the state include Eureka Springs (which is home to Christ of the Ozarks and a number of other tourist attractions), Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Hot Springs and Pine Bluff.

Some of the top attractions in Arkansas include:
  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 U.S. 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 At this site, you can 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 These two sites form two theme parks in one (a single admission price includes access to both parks). Magic Springs is a traditional theme park with many rides, and Crystal Falls is a water park which is open from May to August.

  8. Ozark Military Museum in Fayetteville: This museum preserves aircraft and memorabilia from World War II and other conflicts. The museum houses a variety of vehicles, as well as 2 flying aircraft and 12 static aircraft.

  9. River Market District in Little Rock: The River Market District is downtown area which is the main social and cultural hub of Little Rock. Within the area, you will finda twice weekly farmers' market, as well as shops, galleries, restaurants, bars and museums.

  10. Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka SpringsThis spectacular chapel was designed by noted American architect, E. Fay Jones. The Chapel is mostly constructed using local materials and is reminiscent of the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, under whom E. Fay Jones studied.
Some of the major companies that have based their headquarters in Arkansas are Tyson Foods (in Springdale) and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (in Bentonville).

Perhaps the best known educational institution in Arkansas is the University of Arkansas which is in Fayetteville

Probably the best-known professional sports team in Arkansas is the Arkansas Travelers (Texas League baseball) who are based in North Little Rock.

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