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What’s New

  • PURSE HISTORY: The ESSE Purse Museum & Store in Little Rock shows the evolution of the 20th-century American woman not only through the bags she carried, but through their contents.
  • BATHHOUSE BREWERY: At the Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery in Hot Springs National Park, plans are underway to turn natural thermal water into craft beers, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • A RESTORATION FOR JOHNNY: The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Mississippi County has undergone restoration and will reopen on August 15 in conjunction with the Johnny Cash Music Festival.

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  • Clinton Presidential Library & Center: The largest collection of presidential artifacts in U.S. history. Little Rock.
  • Gangster Museum Of America: Artifacts related to the 20s, 30s and 40s. Hot Springs.
  • Crater Of Diamonds State Park: The only diamond mine in the world where visitors can keep what they find. Murfreesboro.
  • Crystal Bridges Museum Of American Art: Houses American art masterworks from the colonial era to modern day. Bentonville.


  • Arkansas Folk Festival (April), Mountain View.
  • Annual Hope Watermelon Festival (August), Hope.
  • Arkansas State Fair (October), Little Rock.
  • King Biscuit Blues Festival (October), Helena.


  • Mountain View: The ‘Folk Music Capital of the World’ preserves pioneer ways at the Ozark Folk Center State Park.
  • Eureka Springs: ‘America’s Victorian Village’ is designated as one of the Top 10 Travel Destinations in America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
  • Rock ‘N’ Roll Highway 67: Encompassing Jackson, Lawrence and Randolph Counties. Pocahontas/Newport.
  • Hot Springs National Park: Featuring 47 thermal springs and almost 50 kilometres of hiking trails.

Hidden Gems

  • Arkansas Wine Country: Six wineries offer tours and tastings in Altus, Wiederkehr Village and Paris.
  • President William Jefferson Clinton Home National Historic Site: Free tours of the restored home where Clinton spent much of his childhood. Hope.
  • Historic Washington State Park: Interprets the 19th century town of Washington from 1824-1875. Washington.

Did You Know?

  • State Motto: The People Rule
  • State Flower: Apple Blossom
  • State Bird: Mockingbird

Fast Facts

  • Region: THE SOUTH
  • America’s Byways: Crowley’s Ridge Parkway, Great River Road, Talimena Scenic Drive.
  • Connecting Flights Via: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Memphis, Minneapolis, St Louis.
  • Shopping: The Outlets at Little Rock; Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall; the Promenade at Chenal; Paul Michael Company; Eureka Springs Downtown Historic District.
  • Info: Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

(800) NATURAL; (800) 872-1259 (group travel assistance)