When you first look into visiting the state of Arkansas, it may appear to be little more than a backwoods Southern state along the Bible Belt of America. Upon further exploration, though, you'll discover that this part of the United States has something fun for everyone.
The capital and biggest city in Arkansas is Little Rock, so this is the place you're most likely to find a hostel. You'll also find museums, historical sites, theaters, and much more that you can expect from a big city. One of the most famous sites is the Little Rock Central High School, which has been named a national historic site because of its place in desegregating public schools in the United States.
Arkansas is the birth state of former United States president Bill Clinton. His birthplace home in Hope, Arkansas is now labeled a national historic site.
Arkansas has several unique state and national parks. These secluded areas may be a distance from any hostel, but they are worth the drive or bus ride needed to get there. If you visit the Crater of Diamonds State Park, you have the potential to leave rich! This diamond mining field is the only one that's open to the public, and many travelers have found valuable treasures here. Best of all, you get to keep any gems you find.
Hot Springs National Park is another popular natural attraction. You can even touch some of the thermal pools found here. Back in the day, it was even used as a community bath! Even if you're on a tight budget, visiting the Hot Springs is still a must-do on your trip to Arkansas- this national park does not charge an entrance fee! It's also the only national park within Arkansas borders, though there are six other historic sites, rivers, trails, and memorials that are also part of the National Parks Service.
Arkansas is also home to the Ozark Mountains. The Ozarks are great for hiking, and also ideal for driving through picturesque landscapes. You may even be able to find a hostel or two situated with an Ozark view.
Arkansas' official nickname is "The Natural State". While you can find plenty of urban life in Little Rock, the rest of the state truly lives up to this name. Get ready to book your Arkansas hostel and take an adventure through nature.
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