Arkansas is one of the southern states of the USA, and borders Louisiana, among others. The state played a major role in the American Civil War, and there are still many historically interesting sights to visit today.
Arkansas’s landscape is very varied and offers many pleasant views, and there are both farmland, mountains and wide open lands. Little Rock is both the state’s capital and largest city. See cities in Arkansas by population.
Facts about Arkansas
- Inhabitants: 2.9 million
- Density: 21.8 per km²
- Capital: Little Rock
- Largest city: Little Rock
- Area: 137,733 km²
- Highest mountain: Magazine Mountain
- Time Zone: UTC-6 (Summer Time UTC-5)
- Louisiana– in the South
- Mississippi– in the Southeast
- Oklahoma– in the west
- Texas– in the Southwest
- Tennessee– in the east
- Missouri– in the north
Things to do in Arkansas
As mentioned, there is a lot to see and do in Arkansas, both in terms of history and outdoor activities. With its warm climate, Arkansas also has many hot springs and exciting scenery.
One of the more picturesque towns in Arkansas is Eureka Springs, located in northwest Arkansas. The city is located on a mountain and therefore has a very unique location. The town was founded in the Victorian era, and since its foundation has been a resort and popular tourist destination. The city itself is listed as one of the most important historical sites in the state.
In Eureka Springs, there are attractions around every corner, and visiting the town is an amazing experience. Among the most famous sights are the Thorncrown Chapel, Harding Spring and the Crescent Hotel.
Hot Springs National Park
Hot Springs National Park is located in the northern parts of the city of Hot Springs, and is widely known as “the American Spa”. The many hot springs have been used for centuries by people who traveled long distances to cure their ailments. In the park there are a large number of these hot springs for viewing, and it is a very cool experience to see the springs in the beautiful nature.
In the park there are also many bathhouses and spas where you can benefit from the local hot springs, and where it is good to discover both the history of the American spa culture and enjoy a moment of relaxation. Read more at www.nps.gov.
If you are looking for the pulse of a big city and shopping, a visit to Arkansas’ capital and largest city, Little Rock, is an absolute must. The city is located on the Arkansas River and there is a lot to see and do here. Among other things, there are several museums, art galleries and shopping streets with a large mix of shops.
In addition, there is a very nice arboretum in the city with trees and other plants. In Little Rock, there is also the Clinton Presidential Library, which, in addition to housing a library, also has an exhibition section that showcases President Bill Clinton’s time in power. There is also an exact replica of the oval room built, and is well worth a visit.
Rent a car in Arkansas
With a rental car in Arkansas, it is easy to get to and from different cities and places. It is the perfect means of transport if you want to make the most of your holiday in the state, as it allows for many pleasant excursions to parks and cities.
It is recommended to rent the car online in advance at home, to simplify and ensure that the car is in place for pick-up. There are rental car offices in all major cities in Arkansas, and also at the state’s airports.