Arkansas is ready for travel

(BPT) - Arkansas is open and ready to welcome visitors back to The Natural State. Autumn is the perfect time to visit because of the state’s spectacular beauty.

We invite you to take an Arkansas road trip and see the gorgeous hues of gold, red and orange that paint the mountains and valleys of the Arkansas landscape. No matter where you travel, you’ll see maples, oaks, hickory, sumac and sweetgum trees take on the warm tones of fall.

As the air turns cool and crisp, the fall season is also best for exploring all of the outdoor activities that Arkansas has to offer.

Arkansas’s landscape — from the mountains of north Arkansas to the plains of the rich Delta region — is diverse and easily accessible. Adventure awaits!

In Northwest Arkansas, the Ozark Mountains rise as high as 2,600 feet and offer plenty of recreational opportunities. The rugged beauty of the area, with stunning vistas, waterfalls and sparkling rivers, lures visitors from all over the world. There are hiking and biking trails for everyone no matter their level of experience. America’s first national river, Buffalo National River, winds through the Ozarks, and fall is a great time to see herds of Rocky Mountain Elk feeding in the field alongside the river.

From there, drive scenic U.S. Highway 62 into beautiful North Central Arkansas. That’s where visitors can explore several underground caverns, including Blanchard Springs Caverns. Venture more than 200 feet below the Earth’s surface, where it is 58 degrees year-round, and see the magnificent limestone cave system formed approximately 350 million years ago. Fishermen can also try trout fishing on the White and Little Red Rivers, where world-record trout have been caught.

Travel south into the rich Arkansas Delta where sportsmen can hunt in the duck-hunting capital of the world, Stuttgart. If you’d rather watch birds, there is no place better than the Delta Rivers Nature Center. The Delta is also home to artists who have impacted the world. Drive to Dyess and see where music legend Johnny Cash was born and raised. A few miles up the road in Piggott, visitors can walk through the Hemingway-Pfeiffer House, where Ernest Hemingway wrote a portion of A Farewell to Arms.

Over in Southwest Arkansas, visitors can dig for diamonds in Murfreesboro at Crater of Diamonds State Park, and keep what they find. Later, one can enjoy America’s first national park — Hot Springs National Park, home to historic Bathhouse Row. In addition to the natural hot springs and spas, one can relax at resorts along one of the area’s diamond lakes and enjoy the city’s unique entertainment offerings, including a world-class casino.

Finally, end your Arkansas fall road trip in Central Arkansas. The state’s capital city, Little Rock, is located in the heart of Arkansas. There, you can follow the Civil Rights Trail, which includes a stop at historic Little Rock Central High School, where nine students first integrated the school in 1957. Little Rock is also home to the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, where visitors can learn more about our nation’s 42nd president.

Book your Arkansas fall vacation at www.arkansas.com. Please understand that there is a mandatory mask requirement for all residents and visitors in Arkansas. Whether staying in our hotels and lodges or eating in our restaurants, masks are required in all public spaces to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.