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The state of Arkansas, with
its geographic diversity, natural beauty and variety of flora and fauna,
is a traveler's delight. Its scenic landscape and rich history makes it
a perfect spot for vacations.
Fed up with the mundane nature
of everyday life? Feel like taking a vacation and getting back to nature?
Well thankfully, you don't need to look too far. The southern state of
Arkansas, with its unmatched natural scenic beauty, totally lives up to
its tag-line of 'The Natural State'. Fantastic climate, lush green mountains,
picturesque lakes and rivers, coupled with an endless choice of exciting
indoor and outdoor activities make the state of Arkansas an ideal vacation
spot for weekend road trips, spring breaks, summer breaks, family vacations,
romantic getaways and much more. Here are some of the most popular vacation
spots in Arkansas.
Arkansas State Parks
Arkansas has a whopping
52 state parks, including a few history parks which offer a wide variety
of recreation and adventure options for vacationers. Adventure freaks can
have the time of their life exploring nature trails, wildlife parks, enjoying
mountain biking, rock climbing, hang gliding and much more. Caving enthusiasts
can make good use of the wide choice of guided tours and tour caverns available.
Those inclined towards history can enjoy a stroll through the history parks
and museums where they can visit the Civil War battlefields, glance through
war memorabilia and learn about the diverse culture and history of the
Crater of Diamonds
Arkansas is home to the
world's only public diamond mine - Crater of Diamonds. Although it is a
century-old-mine, the Crater of Diamonds Park was made open to public,
only in 1972. One of the unique attractions of the park is the Diamond
Discovery Center. It is the only place in the world where visitors are
actually allowed to dig for diamonds on payment of a small fee. The park
also offers many other recreational activities for visitors in the form
of a camping ground, a water park and a picnic area.
Clinton Presidential Center
Located on the banks of
the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock, the Clinton Presidential Center
and Park is home to the largest presidential library in the United States.
It houses a well-maintained museum that showcases a wide variety of memorabilia
from the Clinton regime which includes documents, photographs, artifacts,
etc. The park also features an exact replica of the Clinton-era Oval Office,
which is a major hit among tourists and visitors.
Arkansas Lake Tours
Blessed with a large number
of pristine lakes and rivers, Arkansas is a water baby's delight. Lake
Chicot State Park and Lake Ouachita State Park are the most famous lake
tour parks among visitors touring Arkansas. In addition, there are a variety
of lake resorts and river resorts, all of which offer a wide range of activities
such as river rafting, kayaking, canoeing, jet skiing and snorkeling. Families
can enjoy a day out on the water with float trips, boat rides, fishing
trips, spa visits and much more. The warm and natural spring water ensures
that a visit to the spa is a completely relaxing and soothing experience.
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Art enthusiasts won't be
disappointed since Arkansas has a lot to offer in the form of art centers,
museums, galleries and theaters. A holiday in Arkansas is never complete
without a visit to its vintage wineries, breweries and its unusual-themed
restaurants. Swanky malls, designer boutiques, flea markets and tiny antique
stores are a sure-shot temptation for shopaholics to loosen their purse
strings. A wide array of hotels, bed and breakfasts, lakeside cottages
and rental cabins, ensures that accommodation is never a worry for tourists
vacationing in Arkansas.
The 'Natural State' truly
offers some of the best vacation spots for an enriching holiday experience.
So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to Arkansas for that
memorable vacation you always dreamed of.
Facts About Arkansas
Arkansas joined the Union
in 1836 and was the 25th state to do so. It received its name from a French
word 'Arkansa', which meant 'downriver' people. To know more about it,
Arkansas is bordered by Missouri
on the northern side, Louisiana on the southern side, the plains of Oklahoma
and Texas on the western side and the Mississippi River on the eastern
side, which separates it from Mississippi and Tennessee. It ranks 27th
among the states in size and has an area of 53,187 square miles. Arkansas's
nickname 'The Land of Opportunity' reflects its diversity and fairly well-balanced
Before the European settlers
arrived, Native Americans lived in Arkansas. It was inhabited by Indian
tribes including the Arkansa, Caddo, Cherokee, Choctaw and Osage. In 1541,
a Spanish expedition under Hernando de Soto explored Arkansas. In 1686,
Henri de Tonti established a trading station at Arkansas Post, the first
permanent white settlement in the area. In 1803, the United States bought
the Louisiana Purchase from France, which also included Arkansas. In 1819,
Arkansas Territory was formed, that included Arkansas and a part of Oklahoma.
The next decades were known
for the development of the cotton industry and spread of the Southern plantation
system in Arkansas. On June 15,1836, Arkansas entered the Union as 25th
state, with Little Rock as its capital. In 1861, due to slavery, anti-secessionist
sentiment developed in Arkansas, which led to the American civil war. Arkansas
adjourned from the United States and joined the Confederacy. The war got
over in 1865, Arkansas accepted the laws against slavery and by 1868, it
rejoined the United States. From 1868 to 1874, the reconstruction period
in Arkansas started; many roads, railways, and schools were built and the
University of Arkansas was also established. People in Arkansas discriminated
Africans and wanted public schools to be segregated. As a result, in 1957,
President Eisenhower had to send US troops into Little Rock to help the
African Americans in attending schools and colleges. By 1970, the Arkansas
river development program was completed and many cattle and poultry industries
were also promoted.
Geography and Natural
Arkansas is divided between
lowlands and highlands; on the southern part, it has the Gulf Coastal Plain,
on the eastern part, it has the Mississippi River Alluvial Plain and on
the western and northern parts, it has the Interior Highlands. The hill
section comprises of Ozark plateaus in the north and Ouachita province
in the south, and between them flows the Arkansas river. The Arkansas river
valley is known for its highest and extraordinary peaks like, Nebo, Petit
Jean and Magazine. Petit Jean is cleft by a ravine with a 75-foot waterfall,
and Mount Magazine, which is 2,753 feet above the sea level and has the
highest elevation in the state. Mississippi, Arkansas, White, St. Francis,
Red and Ouachita are some of the main rivers in Arkansas that drain to
the south and southeast. Its plateau section is quite popular for springs,
especially Mammoth Spring in Fulton County near the Missouri line, having
a flow of nine million gallons per hour. Arkansas possesses a wide variety
of minerals such as petroleum, natural gas, and bromine. It leads the nation
in the production of bauxite, bromine and silica stone. Arkansas has 17.2
million acres of forest land; Ozark, St. Francis, and Ouachita are the
three national forests of Arkansas.
Climate and Population
Arkansas has humid subtropical
climate, without extreme heat or cold. In summers, the temperature averages
around 90 °F (32 °C) and 50 °F (10 °C) in winter. The annual
rainfall and snowfall in Arkansas varies from 45 to 55 inches and 2.8 to
10.4 inches respectively. With respect to population, it ranks 33rd among
all the states. Its population density is 20 people per sq km and has a
per capita income of $24,284.
Symbols and Cities
Like any other state, Arkansas
has state related symbols like:
Likewise, its state gem is diamond,
state tree is ponderosa pine, state song is Arkansas (You Run Deep in Me)
by Wayland Holyfield. Some of the important cities in Arkansas are: Benton,
Cabot, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Hot Springs, Little Rocks and Van Buren.
State Flag: In 1913, the design
of the state flag was chosen in a contest and finalized in 1926. The flag
has diamond shapes in the center, as Arkansas is the only state in USA
where diamonds have been found. Arkansas was the 25th state to join the
Union, hence, there are 25 white stars around the diamond. The three blue
stars in the lower part of the center represent the countries that have
ruled Arkansas: Spain, France and the United States. In the upper center
of the diamond, there is a blue star that represents the Confederacy, of
which it was a member.
State Flower: Apple Blossom
is the Arkansas's state flower. It is a five-petaled white color flower
with a pink tinge that gradually fades.
State Bird: Mockingbird is the
state bird. This bird is known for mimicking the sounds and songs of insects,
amphibians and other birds.
State Dance: Square dance is
the state folk dance of Arkansas, which is performed by four couples arranged
in a square.
State Capital: Little Rock is
the state capital and the largest city in Arkansas.
State Mammal: The White-tailed
Deer is the state mammal of Arkansas. It is a long-legged, fast-moving
mammal found mainly in North and Central America and northern parts of
Trivia and Fun Facts
Arkansas is also known as the
'Natural State', having diverse mineral resources like diamonds, amethyst,
garnet, jasper, agate, and quartz. It is well known for some of the famous
Arkansans like, US President Bill Clinton; US Senator James Fulbright;
actor Billy Bob Thornton; singer Johnny Cash; and legendary college football
coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.
Arkansas is also known as Hot
water state. It has 47 hot springs that flow from the southwestern slope
of Hot Springs Mountain at an average temperature of 143 °F.
Arkansas is part of the Bible
Belt and is predominantly Protestant.
Arkansas consists of over 600,000
acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers.
Wal-Mart stores launched by
Sam Walton, have its head quarters in Bentonville.
While in this state, it is illegal
to mispronounce Arkansas. It should be pronounced 'Arkansaw'.
Murfreesboro in Arkansas, is
the only diamond mine open to the public from around the world.
In Arkansas, voters are given
only five minutes to mark their ballots.
In Arkansas, a man can legally
beat his wife, but not more than once a month.
VACATION RENTALS/EXTENDED STAYS
(formerly Washington) is a city in and the county seat of Washington County,
Arkansas, United States, and is home to the University of Arkansas.
The Fayetteville–Springdale–Rogers, AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area's
population is estimated at 420,876.
It is the third most populous
city in Arkansas. Fayetteville is known as the "Track Capital of the World"
for being the home of the University of Arkansas' track and field program,
which has won 42 national championships to date. It was also ranked 8th
on Forbes Magazine's Top 10 Best Places in America for Business and Careers.
Kiplinger's 2008 "Best Cities to Work, Live and Play" list featured Fayetteville
The Days Inn Fayetteville
is off Highway 71 Business North, two miles from downtown Fayetteville,
Ariz. It is close to the University of Arkansas, home of the Razorback's
football team. This Days Inn features an outdoor pool in a courtyard setting,
and meeting and event facilities for groups of up to 150 people, so that
guests can private parties, such as family reunions, church gathering or
weddings. Guestroom amenities include cable televisions with HBO channel,
coffeemakers, refrigerators, microwave ovens, hair dryers, and irons and
SMITH VACATION RENTALS/EXTENDED STAYS
Smith is the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Arkansas and one
of the two county seats of Sebastian County. With a population of 80,268
at the 2000 census, it is the principal city of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma
Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region of 288,818 residents which encompasses
the Arkansas counties of Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian, and the Oklahoma
counties Le Flore and Sequoyah.
Fort Smith has a sister city
relationship with Cisterna, Italy, site of the World War II Battle of Cisterna
fought by the United States Army Rangers commanded by Fort Smith native
William O. Darby.
Fort Smith lies on the Arkansas-Oklahoma
state border, situated at the junction of the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers,
also known as Belle Point. The city began as a western frontier military
post in 1817 and would later become well-known for its role in the settling
of the "Wild West" and its law enforcement heritage.
In 2007, Fort Smith was selected
by the US Department of the Interior to be the location of the new US Marshal
Service National Museum.
Inn By Marriott Fort Smith
Residence Inn Fort Smith
(Ark.) is conveniently located within one mile of the airport and adjacent
to St Edward Mercy Medical Center. Travelers can enjoy local dining and
shopping in downtown Fort Smith just five miles away, or try their luck
in the nearby Cherokee Casinos. Guests can start the day with a complimentary
hot breakfast buffet, and end it with a light meal during a complimentary
hospitality reception served Monday through Thursday. The outdoor pool,
spa tub, sports court and fitness center located on-site helps guests melt
tensions away after a long day.
The Travelodge Fort Smith
is located off Interstate 540 on Towson Avenue, one mile from a 24-hour
shopping center and less than five miles from historical downtown Fort
Smith, Ark. Movie theaters, Phoenix Village Mall and restaurants are within
walking distance, with many eateries for the kids. This hotel sports a
fitness center, sauna, Olympic-size pool (50 meters) and gazebo for picnics
and cookouts. Additional amenities include a 24-hour business center with
Internet access, fax and photocopier, soccer and baseball fields, as well
as complimentary hot breakfasts. Honeymoon packages are available. All
122 guestrooms come complete with coffeemakers, cable televisions, hair
dryers, irons and ironing boards, microwave ovens and refrigerators, and
telephones with data ports and voicemail.
ROCK VACATION RENTALS/EXTENDED STAYS
Rock is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Arkansas
and also the county seat of Pulaski County. The Metropolitan Statistical
Area, had a population of 675,069 people, according to 2008 census estimates.
The MSA is in turn included in the Little Rock–North Little Rock–Pine Bluff,
Arkansas Combined Statistical Area, which had a population of 850,561 in
the 2008 census estimates.
Located near the geographic
center of Arkansas, Little Rock derives its name from a small rock formation
on the south bank of the Arkansas River called la Petite Roche (French:
"the little rock"). The "little rock" was used by early river traffic as
a landmark and became a well-known river crossing.
Suites By Marriott Little Rock
The Springhill Suites is
an all-suite hotel. This hotel enjoys a great central location, accessible
from I-430 and I-30. SpringHill Suites, Marriott's new moderately priced
all-suites hotel, is designed for guests who want spacious and functional
accommodations when on the road even for a few nights at a time. Enjoy
one of these suites, which offer a separate area for eating, sleeping,
working and relaxing. Special amenities include a pantry area with a mini-
refrigerator, microwave, sink and coffee maker, a well- lit work area with
an ergonomic chair, pull-out sofa bed, and comfy lounge chair with an ottoman.
To further enhance your stay, this hotel offers a complimentary breakfast
buffet, free local phone calls, swimming pool, whirlpool spa and an exercise
VACATION RENTALS/EXTENDED STAYS
is a suburban city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. As of the
2000 census, the city had a population of 38,829. The city is located in
the fast growing Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Area.
Rogers was named after Captain
Charles Warrington Rogers, who was vice-president and general manager of
the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad, also known as the Frisco. The town
was established in 1881, the year the Frisco line arrived; it was at this
time the area residents honored Captain Rogers by naming it for him. Rogers
was the location of the first Wal-Mart store, whose corporate headquarters
is located in neighboring Bentonville, Arkansas. Daisy Outdoor Products,
known for its air rifles, has both its headquarters and its Air Rifle Museum
in Rogers. In June 2007, BusinessWeek magazine ranked Rogers as 18th in
its list of the 25 best affordable suburbs in the American South.
Inn By Marriott Rogers
Our Rogers Residence Inn
hotel is just minutes from Wal-Mart, J.B. Hunt, and Tyson Foods headquarters.
Whether you're coming to Rogers or Bentonville for business or pleasure,
you'll love our spacious suites with separate areas for working, sleeping,
eating, and relaxing. Every suite in our Rogers, AR hotel offers free high-speed
Internet access and a fully equipped kitchen with a stove, dishwasher,
full-size refrigerator, microwave, utensils, and more. Start your day with
a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. Stay productive with our free high-speed
Internet access and ample writing desk. Unwind at the end of the day in
our heated indoor pool, whirlpool, and fitness room, or on our Sport Court®.
VACATION RENTALS/EXTENDED STAYS
|Springdale is a city in
Washington and Benton counties in the northwestern region of Arkansas in
the United States. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population
of the city was 60,096.
Along with Bentonville, Rogers,
and Fayetteville, Springdale is one of four primary cities that comprise
the Northwest Arkansas region, the state's second most populous metropolitan
area. Springdale is the central city in Northwest Arkansas, situated in
the southeastern center of the Springfield Plateau, the westernmost portion
of the Ozark Plateau. Springdale is the second-largest city in Northwest
Arkansas and currently Arkansas's fourth-largest city, behind Little Rock,
Fort Smith, and Fayetteville.
Springdale is the location
of the headquarters of Tyson Foods Inc., the largest meat producing company
in the world, and has been dubbed the "Chicken Capital of the World" by
several publications. According to the 2007 Census Springdale has a population
of 66,881. Springdale is also the headquarters of Fuels & Supplies,
the leading fuel supplier of Northwest Arkansas.
The central location of
the Comfort Suites® hotel provides easy access to a wide variety of
local points of interest. This Springdale, AR hotel is 10 miles from Beaver
Lake and the Bud Walton Arena at the University of Arkansas, home of the
Arkansas Razorbacks. Museums, markets and antique stores are just three
miles from the hotel. Stroll down memory lane at Pea Ridge National Military
Park, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, the War Eagle Mill and the
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. For golfers, there are many public and
private golf courses to take advantage of and enjoy. Springdale makes a
great stop-off point for that special trip to Eureka Springs and Branson,
Stay America Fayetteville - Springdale
Welcome to Extended StayAmerica
Fayetteville - Springdale. Our hotel is designed especially for longer
stays with studios featuring fully-equipped kitchens and plenty of work
space... amenities you won't find in a typical hotel room. Kitchen with
refrigerator, microwave, and stovetop. Workspace with computer dataport.
Free local phone calls. Personalized voice mail. Iron and full size ironing
board. On site guest laundry. Dining and cooking utensils provided. Wireless
Internet - one time fee of $4.99 per stay. Pet Friendly Rooms.
Inn By Marriott Springdale
The Residence Inn Springdale
is situated just seven miles from Springdale Municipal Airport, and 18
miles from Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Springdale, Ark. Business
guests can appreciate the hotel's proximity to the Northwest Arkansas Convention
Center, Tyson Foods and downtown Springdale, while leisure vacationers
can visit the aquatic center and recreational complex, all within three
miles of the hotel. A variety of dining options are within a five- mile
radius. The Residence Inn Springdale offers complimentary breakfast buffets
and evening social hours, grocery shopping service and laundry facilities.
Guests can enjoy the indoor pool and whirlpool, sports court and fitness
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