While Arkansas is the birthplace of country music legend Johnny Cash, it would be a downright shame to overlook everything except the American icons this southern state has produced. A trip to The Natural State and you’ll find that – like its nickname implies – it’s brimming with stupefying ecological elements, like the state-protected diamond mines and the curious Glory Hole Falls. From healing spring waters to monumental Civil Rights events, Arkansas’ versatility might just surprise some travelers. If you’re considering a vacation in Arkansas, don’t miss:
Shutterstock Eureka Springs | Set in northwest Arkansas’ undulating Ozarks is the mountain town of Eureka Springs. Nicknamed the “Switzerland of America,” it is recognized for its quaint streets lined with Victorian-style manors and buildings and its supposed healing waters. The 65-foot Christ of the Ozarks statue is near Eureka Springs. Crater of Diamonds State Park | Want to dig for diamonds? At Crater of Diamonds State Park, you can! This 900-acre, Pike County park features the only diamond mine site in the world that is accessible to the public. The only perfect diamond ever discovered – the Strawn-Wagner Diamond (17 carats!) – was found here.
Shutterstock Hot Springs National Park | At Arkansas’ Hot Spring National Park, you’ll have the chance to simmer in the therapeutic waters of Hot Springs Mountain. For more than 200 years, people have been traveling to the Hot Springs area to take in the waters on Bathhouse Row – the largest collection of Gilded Age bathhouses in North America, now deemed a National Historic Landmark.
Shutterstock Glory Hole Falls | Continuous water running from Ozark National Forest’s Dismal Creek has created a one-of-a-kind waterfall: Glory Hole Falls (A.K.A. The Glory Hole). This approximately 30-foot waterfall flows through an overhanging bluff, sometimes turning into a small trickle during the drier summer months. A two-mile hike from Hwy. 16 will put you at the mouth of the waterfall.
Shutterstock Little Rock | The capital of Arkansas, Little Rock is also the location of one of the country’s significant Civil Rights Movement events. Visit the Little Rock Central High School where in 1957, African American students (known as the Little Rock Nine) were escorted by the U.S. Army after being denied entrance into the school, breaking the 1954 Supreme Court ruling on school integration.
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