The Southern state of Arkansas has a wide variety of notable adventures – you'll find mouth-watering barbecue, relaxing hot springs, deep caverns, and even art museums. It's the perfect spot for a family vacation, a group of hikers, or even a girlfriend getaway. Take a road trip through the Natural State for experiences you won't soon forget.
Top 10 Things To Do In Arkansas
1. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
This museum of American art spans five centuries. It’s also budget-friendly; there’s no charge to see the permanent collection or the grounds.
2. Hot Springs National Park
Take a hike on the park’s 26 miles of trails, then visit one of the bathhouses to relax and rejuvenate.
3. River Market District
This bustling district is a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike. If you’re not into shopping, it’s also a great spot to watch the Arkansas River.
4. Mammoth Springs State Park
Hike, bike, swim, and paddleboard at the state’s largest spring, which forms a 10-acre lake.
5. Visit Johnny Cash’s Boyhood Home
The Historic Dyess Colony was created as part of FDR’s New Deal. It gave the Cash family, along with other AR families, the opportunity for a new start.
6. Take a Riverboat Cruise
Learn some Ozark history on one of the state’s many riverboat cruise options.
7. Jones Bar-B-Q
Enjoy juicy pork, cooked at least 12 hours over oak and hickory coals, from this legendary family-owned joint.
8. Blanchard Springs Caverns
In this “living cave” in Mountain View, stalactites and stalagmites are still forming.
9. Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
This museum’s collection has everything from prehistoric artifacts to modern folk objects.
10. Crater of Diamonds State Park
Dig for diamonds and gems (really!) at one of the world’s largest diamond bearing craters. Staff at the Murfreesboro park can help you identify and certify your finds.