Arkansas Tourism: Experience the Natural State
When international visitors come to Arkansas, they spend money on hotels, restaurants, souvenirs and other goods and services. The dollars spent by international visitors touring the state are considered export dollars so the World Trade Center Arkansas actively encourages and promotes tourism of our beautiful state as a vital component of our mission to promote trade.
Vibrant Northwest Arkansas is full of bustling activity and rich Arkansas culture. Major attractions include the University of Arkansas, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, and the Walmart Museum; plenty of historic locations including two Civil War battlefields and some of the state’s largest parks and wildlife management areas. Plenty of shopping, dining and recreational opportunities will ensure for a dynamic experience.
The essence of Ozark adventure awaits those who sojourn into North Central Arkansas. Endless hiking and wilderness activities are available to those who long to be in the outdoors. Visit the Buffalo Outdoor Center to see what draws people to America’s first national river or venture into towns like Mountain View or Hardy to get a glimpse of the Arkansas mountain way of life.
The Upper Delta Region of Arkansas was once the home to American icons like Johnny Cash and Ernest Hemingway. The city of Jonesboro is filled with gift shops, restaurants, art galleries, a day spa and an active civic center. The area rests in the rolling hills of Crowley’s Ridge, a national scenic byway and the city of Blytheville offers a great adventure for your taste buds with iconic Arkansas barbecue.
Southwest Arkansas has drawn visitors for more than 400 years. The mineral waters of Hot Springs and the surrounding hills became the country’s first federal reserve and boasts some of Arkansas’ richest history. The Ouachita mountains offer a unique natural experience and the birthplace of President Bill Clinton can be found in Hope, Arkansas and Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro offers a chance to dig for diamonds in the only active U.S. diamond mine. There’s plenty to experience in Southwest Arkansas.
Arkansas culture, government, business and history come together in Central Arkansas. Little Rock and the surrounding region provide visitors some of the most popular attractions and offer everything in the way of food, recreation, history and outdoor adventure. Little Rock features the bustling River Market district and hosts an intersection of highways and interstates that provide quick access to the state’s other regions.
The Lower Delta of Arkansas is invaluable to the state – the region produces the greatest amount of rice in our entire country feeding millions around the world and forming the backbone of the Arkansas economy. The Lower Delta was home to Arkansas Post, the state’s first settlement and capital and is still home to an iconic and inseparable vein of Arkansas’ culture – Blues music, the beautiful Arkansas River and the world’s most celebrated duck hunting region await you in the Lower Delta.