Top 10 Places to Visit in Arkansas

Arkansas is a state full of incredible natural beauty and historic sites. Throughout the state you have an opportunity to see and experience world-class artwork, the birthplace of a recent president, and how some major American corporations got their start. If you are visiting Arkansas, here are 10 places that you won’t want to miss:

1. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: Showcases some of the finest American art ever produced. Admission to the main exhibit is free to the public.

2. Hot Springs National Park: The indigenous tribes of the area reverenced the Hot Springs and believe them to have healing properties. Tourists and locals alike continue to take in the waters at the bathhouses while also enjoying the natural beauty of the park.

3. Little Rock Zoo: This zoo sits on 40 acres and is home to over 700 animals. Kids will love the carousel, petting zoo, and train rides.

4. Arkansas Air Museum: Located in Fayetteville, this is a must see for all aviation and military buffs. Many of the planes are still in flying condition.

5. Crater of Diamonds State Park: This park is a short drive from Murfreesboro and offers visitors the option to hunt for diamonds on the grounds. There is also a museum and waterpark.

6. The Walmart Museum: Walmart got its start in northwest Arkansas. Previously Sam Walton’s “5&10″ store, the structure is now a museum that explains the history of the world’s largest retailer. Admission is free and visitors can enjoy a treat in the attached soda fountain.

7. Hope Visitor Center & Museum: President Bill Clinton was born in Hope, Arkansas. But there is a bit more to this town than being the birthplace of a former president. The museum contains exhibits on giant watermelons (a town specialty), railroad memorabilia, and other aspects of local history.

8. The Old Mill: Located in North Little Rock, The Old Mill was originally built in the 1930s and was featured in the opening scenes of Gone with the Wind. While it was never a functioning mill, it has become a tourist attraction nonetheless.

9. Ozark Folk Center State Park: The Ozark Folk Center is located in Mountain View. Visitors have a chance to see and experience a wide range of music, theater, and arts and crafts including pottery, gardening, and more.

10. Thorncrown Chapel: This chapel is near Eureka Springs and features a unique, open design. All are welcome to visit and there is no admission fee, though donations are accepted.

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