When you look around Arkansas’s location in the United States, your eyes might wander to bigger towns just hours away. Sure, there’s Dallas, you have St. Louis to the north, and Memphis is just a drive east. That doesn’t mean Arkansas is just drive-through territory or flyover country. There’s a lot more to the Natural State than what others may think.
11. Many don't realize we are incredibly prepared for anything.
Doomsday? Bring it. Pine Bluff has an arsenal of weapons, and plenty of Arkansas residents are armed as well. If that's not enough, Arkansans are largely spiritual warriors as well. We're a blessed people who are also ready to defend ourselves from any threat.
10. Some people don't know you can go from a mountain landscape all the way down to the bayou in just a couple of hours.
There are essentially two sections of Arkansas. The northern part of the state contains the beautiful mountainous territory while the southern part of the state is the Arkansas Delta and the Gulf Coastal Plain.
9. Out of towners haven't yet found out that our state parks have it all.
Arkansas is for outdoors lovers. Forget traveling long distances if you want to show your daredevil spirit. You can find all kinds of activities from extreme to absolutely fun in the awesome state parks we have.
8. The local music scene has to be seen to be believed.
Arkansas musicians have an energy and unique quality to their sound. It's a realness that music purists love. For maximum enjoyment, check out a live show. Arkansas has a plentiful amount of restaurants and clubs that feature local bands that will be the highlight of your Saturday night out with friends.
7. We're harder workers than many people may think.
Arkansas residents don't shy away from putting in a long day of work. Of course we have our households to support and we like the paycheck that working yields. However, there's a work ethic among Arkansans that pushes us to complete a job the right way, even if it means starting over from the beginning to get everything right.
6. We're more than just politicians and 15-minute celebrities.
Once people actually visit Arkansas, they realize there's a lot going on around here. By the time visitors and tourists try the amazing food or spend a weekend on the lake, the fact that our state's had its share of notorious politicians and reality television personalities is a faraway notion.
5. There are diamonds in the ground here. DIAMONDS. Not everyone knows this.
Nobody else in America has a diamond-bearing site that everyone can visit. We'll always brag about the Crater of Diamonds as long as people continue to make history by successfully discovering a new diamond - two new ones were unearthed in 2015!
4. We're genuinely friendly people, and that goes against the usual stereotype.
There are several stereotypes about Arkansas and surrounding states. You'll have to visit to find out how friendly Arkansas residents can truly be. So many helpful and generous people are here in Arkansas - and we're not self serving in our giving. Serving without expecting service in return is a great mindset of the people in this great state.
3. We're a perfect state for road trips, and not everyone has discovered the greatness of Arkansas roads.
There's nothing like driving through the Natural State no matter what season it is. Even if you're just traveling through Arkansas or you're here for a little while, many roads in the Natural State will lead you to incredibly scenic locations.
2. Our kids take the best field trips and that makes other states jealous.
Having awesome state parks in Arkansas leads to amazing school experiences. Every kid who's been lucky enough to attend an Arkansas school has a great memory of a field trip taken to a place where you could climb, stretch your limbs, and have a great time with friends.
1. We build and rebuild at a pace that will astound you.
Arkansas is constantly growing. Construction (whether on the road or on personal/business property) is an accepted way of life here. Also as a state that has to be prepared for anything when it comes to weather, Arkansas is great at starting anew after suffering a natural disaster.
Other states with bigger cities might not consider Arkansas a part of their big league, but that’s no matter to the Natural State. Arkansas is in a league of its own and the residents like it that way. Let’s talk; leave a comment on other things about Arkansas that America might not realize.