6.15.2011

Happy birthday, Arkansas!

It's no secret that I love Arkansas. I've traveled all over the country and in a few other countries, too, and nothing compares to this place I call home. No, I don't believe Arkansas is the prettiest place in the world (although parts of it are absolutely gorgeous), and I know it's not the most exciting. But it's my home state, and no matter where I go, my heart will always be with the people and places I love so much here.

Today is this beautiful state's 175th birthday, and to celebrate, the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism released a list of the top ten places to visit here. I read this list, and while I agreed with part of it, I decided to make my own list.

Here are my top 11 (I couldn't narrow it down to just ten!) favorite sites in the state:

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My very favorite: Sunset Point on Mount Nebo in Dardanelle. Two of our best friends live at the base of this mountain, so we're able to go there a lot. And that makes me really happy. Sunset Point makes me happier than just about anywhere else on this earth.

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Downtown Eureka Springs. There's nowhere in the world like it. I especially love the Flat Iron Building.

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Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs. Most of the bathhouses are no longer used, but it's so fun to think of how packed this place was in the early 1900s when people believed the springs had magical healing powers!

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Mount Magazine in Paris. It's the tallest mountain in the state, and it's my favorite place for long drives in the fall.

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Walton's Five and Dime. Aka the original Walmart! This is in Bentonville, where I live. This place is so cute and old fashioned. Living in the same town as the Walmart Home Office means lots of opportunities to meet all the celebrities who are always in town. That's my favorite thing about living here!

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Twin Falls in Jasper. There are just no words for the beauty of it.

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Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs. I adore this place! It's so peaceful and gorgeous.

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Arkansas-Texas state line in Texarkana. Taking a picture in front of that sign never gets old.

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Petit Jean State Park in Morrilton. The history of Petit Jean is so rich, and the views from the mountain are breathtaking.

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Haw Creek Falls in Fort Douglas. I have so many wonderful memories of picnics with my Nanna and Poppa here. It is lovely.

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The State Capitol Building in Little Rock. Oh, it's pretty!

And here is one to grow on (that makes 12, oops!):
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The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Old Main is my favorite (and the most famous) building on campus. And there's nothing like Razorback football!

What state or country do you live in? Have you ever been to Arkansas? If so, what did you think of it?

*Photo credits: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

7 comments:

a bit coquettish said...

I've never been - and I'm not ashamed to admit that it's largely because Arkansas is so... underrated? It's labelled as boring; it's unfortunate that the south/midwest comes with a stigma. From pictures, though, it looks b e a u t i f u l ! xx

Andrea Reh said...

Will definitely keep this in mind if I'm ever in Arkansas (though as I live in New Zealand, it might be awhile yet!).

Just discovered your blog, and would love it if you popped by mine sometime.

Andrea x
andreareh.blogspot.com

Lauren K said...

You just made me really want to visit Arkansas!

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