State Overview

Arkansas: A Sweet Surprise

From magnificent mountains to rich agricultural soil, to urban sophistication and down-home culture, Arkansas is a fascinating study in contrasts. The Natural State offers visitors an experience they’ll never forget.

Crossing the Mighty Mississippi River on the eastern border, discover the Arkansas Delta, a land where music, food, and history come together, forming a rich tradition that lives on today. Here you’ll find the Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash, a newly opened complex dedicated to the Man in Black’s life in rural Arkansas. The region is also home of the King Biscuit Blues Festival, one of the world’s major blues events.

In Arkansas, our roots run deep and often international. A young boy from Hope called Arkansas home before becoming an influential global personality. Trace Bill Clinton’s journey through a “Billgrimage.” Experience Sam Walton’s rise to business fame at his first variety store, now housing the Walmart Museum in Bentonville. Visit America’s newest world-class collection at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, nestled in the heart of the Ozarks.

The state’s heritage reads like a history book. From Native Americans to Arkansas Post, the first European settlement in the lower Mississippi Valley, to the Wild West legacy of Fort Smith, history comes alive in The Natural State. Learn more about the Civil War, World War II and the birthplace of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, and the Japanese American internment camps where Internet superstar George Takei and his family lived. The country’s civil rights movement is showcased at Little Rock Central High, a national historic site. Arkansas’s history is the world’s history.

Need to relax? Immerse yourself in the “healing waters” of Eureka Springs or Hot Springs, where the famous and infamous (such as Al Capone) soaked their cares away in therapeutic baths. Or kick back alongside stunning lakes (we have over 600,000 acres of them) or 9,000 miles of rolling streams.

It all awaits you in Arkansas. Y’all come see us!