Most famous for being the birthplace of former President Bill Clinton, it was Frenchman Henri de Tonti who founded the state's first European settlement, the Arkansas Post, in 1686.
A little more than a century later the territory was ceded to the U.S. as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
Cotton was "king" throughout the state in the 19th century when Arkansas entered the Civil War as part of the Confederacy in 1861.
Today, top vacation attractions include major national parks such as Hot Springs National Park, the country's only 'urban' national park situated in the heart of downtown Hot Springs. Other major tourists spots include Buffalo National River in the Ozarks, the capital at Little Rock, along with historic museums including the recent addition of the Bill Clinton Birthplace in Hope.
Arkansas offers visitors scenic mountain vistas, forests, lakes and rivers. From left to right: mountain view from
Petit Jean State Park; Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista, and sundown on Bull Shoals Lake.
If vacationing in and around the capital, Little Rock rocks with hands-on educational fun at the Museum of Discovery offering exhibits for kids 6 and under, as well as group participation in science experiments for the older ones.
Hot Springs Arkansas - Travel guide to historic hot springs spas and facilities, plus major attractions including landmarks and buildings, restaurant suggestions,
events and festivals, maps and directions.
Little Rock, Arkansas - The official travel site with news, feature articles, current & upcoming entertainment events, information on top attractions, day trips away from the city, nightlife, hotels & restaurants, maps, pictures
& weather info.
Arkansas State Parks - Colorful guide to outdoor vacation fun with a guide to the state's campgrounds, mountain lodgings, hiking trails, Civil War sites and Native American heritage, plus related e-cards, screensavers.
Arkansas Heritage - The state's rich cultural heritage on display with information on native American Indian tribes, history and folklore, related cultural events.