Arkansas, "The Natural State," rolls out a welcome mat of lush terrain. The Ozark and Ouachita mountain ranges cradle northern and western regions, draping 10 scenic byways in a tapestry of brilliant fall color. To the east, Delta farmland is as rich as her musical heritage. Further south, tall pines populate the Timberlands. Overall, more 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers make the state a prime playground for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy fishing, float trips and water sports, hunting, and camping. A network of trails provides routes for mountain bikes, motorcycles, horses, hikers, and all-terrain vehicles. Seven national park sites plus 2.5 million acres of national forests and 52 state parks preserve and interpret Arkansas’s diverse heritage, traditions, and natural resources.
Little Rock, the capital, is a city of exciting sophistication with an emerging culinary landscape. And a burgeoning arts culture in Bentonville—anchored by the renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art—is the most recent capstone to the thriving, small, arts towns of Hot Springs and Eureka Springs.