From the Ozarks to the Timberlands, Arkansas earns its nickname The Natural State with seven national park sites and 52 state parks, 2.5 million acres of national forest, 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of rivers and streams. And there's more to the state than its unsung natural beauty. Sitting at the crossroads between the Midwest, Appalachia and the Deep South, myriad cultural and historical influences exhibit themselves in the historic sites and museums of cities like Little Rock all the way to the most rural Ozark mountain towns.
We asked a panel of Arkansas travel writers and photographers to nominate their favorite state attractions, and for the past four weeks our readers have been voting daily for their favorites.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Arkansas Attraction are as follows:
- Buffalo National River
- Old Mill At T.R. Pugh Memorial Park - North Little Rock
- Mount Magazine State Park - Paris
- Museum of Native American History - Bentonville
- Garvan Woodland Gardens - Hot Springs
- Little Rock Central High School - Little Rock
- Petit Jean State Park - Morrilton
- Downtown Eureka Springs - Eureka Springs
- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art - Bentonville
- Blanchard Springs Caverns - Mountain View
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Alison Chino, Sarah Fortune Gill (sarahfortune.com), Reymark Franke and Jack Schnedler were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of travel in Arkansas.
Congratulations to all these winning attractions.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo