Lake Ouachita, Arkansas
Forest landscape in Arkansas
Alpine Meadow Drive, Arkansas
For those who only see Arkansas as the headquarters of Wal-Mart, it is time for a little update. Although the agricultural state is mainly a place of rest and recreation, an interesting cultural scene has emerged in recent years. Between Little Rock with its well-known Presidential Center and the recently opened Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville culture is firmly on the map.
Discover the region
The landscape in Arkansas is characterized by fertile farmland and extensive forests. The eastern border of the state is formed by the Mississippi River, which slowly meanders southwards. In the northwesterly direction Arkansas merges into the grassy steppes of the Great Plains. In the west it is bordered by the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains. For a long time blocked in its development by the "No Man's Land" of the Indian territory (the future Oklahoma), it is an essentially rural state.
In the north of Arkansas you will find an incomparable cave landscape, for example the Bull Shoals or the Blanchard Springs Caverns. The only publicly accessible diamond mine in the USA is located south of Little Rock near Murfreesboro.
At the edge of the Ouachita Mountains the legendary hot water of the Hot Springs National Park gushes. The historic seaside resort is affectionately called "The American Spa".
Fort Smith on the Oklahoma border has retained its status as a border town to this day. It was the starting point of the famous Oklahoma Land Run in 1889 – when white settlers occupied the territory that had previously been designated an Indian reserve. On the banks of the Arkansas River, you can still see the gallows where within a very short time most death sentences in the United States were carried out.