Arkansas – The Natural State

Arkansas is a state in the south of the United States, belongs to the group of states of the Southwestern Center. The nickname “Natural State” was originally coined by the state’s conservation authorities as a tourism advertising slogan in the late 1970s, but is still widely used today. And for good reason – the nature and landscape of the state is striking in its diversity: clear rivers, picturesque green valleys, mountains and hills, dense forests. For those who want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of megacities, breathe fresh air, enjoy fishing, hunting, traveling along the river, Arkansas is what you need.

The capital of Arkansas is the most populous city of Little Rock, located in the central part of the state.

By the way, once Arkansas belonged to France, and the Americans bought the territory of the state from Napoleon Bonaparte for only 23 million dollars. Now in this state you can meet Americans of French, English, Irish origin, Chinese, Syrians, Mexicans, and, of course, Indians.

Panorama of Arkansas from the top of Mt

How to get there

The most important airport in the state can be called Little Rock Adams Field National Airport. Travel time from Moscow will be from 15 hours to 25. Planes from the capital take off from Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo. Depending on the chosen air carrier, you face one or two transfers.

We advise you to rent a car before arriving in the state. For decades, Arkansas has been a leader in road construction due to its unique paving technique. So the Arkansas highways and landscapes that open up around promise to make a road trip unforgettable.

Weather in Arkansas

The climate of the state is subtropical, moderately humid. Winters are mild and snowy, summers are hot. The average temperature in January is +2…+15 °C, in July – +27 °C. In summer, the heat can reach +40 °C. However, do not forget that Arkansas is known for its extreme weather. Thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail, snow and ice storms are fairly common in this state. Arkansas experiences heavy rainfall with thunderstorms on approximately 60 days of the year. This is due to the bilateral influence on the climate from the Persian Gulf and the Great Plains. Arkansas is located on the so-called Tornado Alley, and this natural phenomenon is quite common here. So, before you go on vacation to the land of Gone with the Wind, take an interest in weather reports.

Popular hotels in Arkansas

Entertainment and attractions of Arkansas

Thanks to successful economic policies, Arkansas has become known as the “Land of Great Opportunity.” Tourists from all over the world claim that this is the land of opportunities not only for business, but also for travel. Where else in one trip you can raft down the river, climb the mountain, go through the forest and find yourself in the magical beauty of the valley. And all this wealth is “equipped” by nature itself with stunning views and picturesque places for camping and family vacations.

In one trip through Arkansas, you can raft down the river, climb the mountain, go through the forest and find yourself in the magical beauty of the valley.

Arkansas is a land of mountains and valleys, dense forests and fertile plains. The Natural State is home to many famous caves, such as Blanchard Springs. In total, there are more than 43 thousand caves here – so lovers of “climbing” will have something to do. Many of these caves were used by the Indians for hunting, living, or tool making.

Now Arkansas is the only state in the US where diamonds are mined (near Murfreesboro). They are collected by residents with simple tools for a daily small fee and by tourists for souvenirs.

Arkansas is a land of mountains and valleys, dense forests and fertile plains.

Dozens of natural reserves have been opened in Arkansas, with a total area of ​​​​150 thousand acres of land. These areas are dedicated to outdoor activities and are open to fishing, hunting and tourism. Any vehicles are prohibited in the reserves and therefore peace and quiet reign there. Being on this territory, you can feel like a real pioneer, because it seems that you are the first person to set foot on this earth.

Hot Springs National Park

Hot Springs Park is located in the central part of the state. This is the oldest and smallest national park in the United States. For more than 200 years, the park’s water sources, which have unique healing properties due to the mineral salts in their composition, have been helping those suffering from rheumatism, arthritis and other diseases. 47 springs flow from the western slope of Hot Springs Mountain and bring to the surface one million liters of water with a temperature of +61 ° C. Today, bathing in springs, steam rooms, showers, cold and hot compresses and massages are popular here.

The bathrooms and mineralogical clinics built in Hot Springs amaze with unique architectural features.

Add to the healing waters mountain ranges covered with oak forests from the north and pine forests from the south, a variety of fauna (wandering through the park, you can meet a fox, opossum, raccoon or squirrel), uninterrupted singing of birds and, of course, comfortable hotels and the highest level of service and you will get a “pill” from fatigue, depression and lack of impressions.

Every year, the Hot Springs Park is flooded with up to a million tourists who come to plunge not only into the local baths, but also into the wonderful world of the nature of the park. One of the favorite places for travelers is Lake Auchita. In addition to the purest water, the lake is rich in pike, perch, trout and other fish. Fishermen, once here, even forget about the healing springs, and are rewarded with a rich catch. In addition to fishing on the lake, you can easily drive on jet skis or ride catamarans.

In addition to the purest water, Lake Auchiga is rich in pike, perch, trout and other fish.

Little Rock

The capital of the state of Arkansas is located in the south and is famous not only for the fact that Gone with the Wind, beloved by many, was filmed here, but also for the fact that one of the largest US Air Force bases is now located here.

Of the city’s attractions, it is worth noting the Arkansas State Capitol, built in 1915 and being a smaller copy of the Washington one, the Arkansas Center for the Arts, the Museum of Science and Natural History, the Douglas MacArthur House Museum, an open-air museum with an exposition on the development of the territory of Arkansas and the old capitol. Little Rock has a symphony orchestra and a repertory theater. And in 2004, the Presidential Library of Bill Clinton, a native of Arkansas, opened in the city.

The Arkansas State Capitol, a beautiful building built in 1915 that houses the state headquarters. On the territory of the Capitol there are various monuments and sculptures. There is also a second, older Capitol building (1836) which is currently on display as a museum.

On one of the floors of the Capitol is a special exhibition “Call of Duty”, dedicated to Arkansas veterans who participated in the wars from 1812 to the present.

If you are traveling with children, be sure to visit the only zoo in the state, which is home to about 700 animals, happily waiting for their little guests. Treats are welcome!

All this – fishing and swimming in the Mississippi River, walks in nature reserves, communication with nature, silence, fresh air, caves, ancient buildings and state museums – will decorate not only your vacation, but also winter evenings with memories of the “Land of Great Opportunities”.

Arkansas - The Natural State