There are American landmarks that are recognized the whole world over, but these grand locations are merely a small representative of the beauty our nation has to offer. Arkansas, known officially as the Natural State, provides so much scenic glory to residents and visitors. It’s no wonder at all that people from all nations find themselves traveling to Arkansas to see sights that confirm the phrase “America the Beautiful” is well stated.
13. Historic Washington
Historic Washington State Park in Hempstead County provides a wonderful interpretation of the 19th-century town during the years of 1824 to 1875.
12. Louisiana Purchase State Park
Louisiana Purchase State Park can be found near the town of Blackton, Arkansas in Monroe County. The park is celebrated and known as the starting point of land surveys made of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. It was added to the list of National Historic Landmarks in 1993.
11. Greers Ferry Lake
VIDEO Located in the foothills of the Ozarks in north central Arkansas, beautiful Greers Ferry Lake is a popular vacation spot for outdoors and water enthusiasts.
10. Mount Nebo State Park
Mount Nebo State Park in Dardanelle has a long legacy. Inhabited by residents as far back as the Civil War era, the area was once a well known resort area. Still popular today, the park is a coveted launch site for local hang glider pilots.
9. Pea Ridge National Military Park
The site of an 1862 Civil War battle, Pea Ridge National Military Park is located northeast of Rogers. The park covers 4,300 acres (including a two and a half mile segment of the Trail of Tears) as well as a museum.
8. Chapel of the Four Winds
Todd Sadowski is one of our favorite featured photographers, and we thank him for submitting this beautiful picture of the Chapel of the Four Winds in Conway. An example of New England-style architecture, this old fashioned chapel features a bronze sculpture garden on the premises.
7. Mount Magazine State Park
6. Crater of Diamonds
VIDEO The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro is a huge attraction for visitors and residents in the Natural State. The draw? A plowed 37.5-acre field that holds the distinction of being the world's only public accessible diamond-bearing site.
5. Petit Jean State Park
Recognized as the flagship of Arkansas state parks, glorious Petit Jean State Park in Morrilton covers 2,658 acres of land. Visitors from everywhere come to see and photograph 95-foot Cedar Falls as well as numerous scenic overlooks.
4. Hot Springs
Located in Garland County and also known as the Spa City, Hot Springs is the 11th largest city in Arkansas and is home to a number of historic locations as well as Hot Springs National Park, the the oldest federal reserve in America.
3. Eureka Springs
When you're a city that's on the National Register of Historic Places, you know you're a sight to see. Eureka Springs, located in Carroll County, has been called been called "The Little Switzerland of America" and is well known by many for its Victorian style architecture and local charm.
2. Ozark National Forest
Officially known as the Ozark – St. Francis National Forest, this area is made up of two forests with separate flora and fauna. Together they cover 11,000 acres of old growth forests. A number of National Scenic Byways also cross the Ozark–St. Francis National Forest.
1. Buffalo National River
VIDEO The first National River to be designated in America, the Buffalo National River is located in northern Arkansas. The status of National River protects the location from obstructions and any other misuse that would change the area's natural character.
With springtime just weeks away, it’s time for everyone around the nation to start planning a list of things to do and places to see. Arkansas is ideal for trips no matter what season, though. The Natural State is more than happy to play its important role of being what makes America such a beautiful country.