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On vacation with kids to: Arkansas, USA.
The State of Arkansas, also called 'The Natural State', is a southern state of the United States of America. Arkansas shares its southern border with Louisiana, its northern border with Missouri, its eastern border with Tennessee and Mississippi, and its western border with Texas and Oklahoma.
Arkansas has a diverse geography and is a land of mountains and valleys, thick forests and fertile plains. Northwest Arkansas is part of the Ozark Plateau including the Boston Mountains and to the south are the Ouachita Mountains.
These regions are divided by the Arkansas River. The southern and eastern parts of Arkansas are called the Lowlands. The eastern border of most of Arkansas is formed by the Mississippi River also called the "Delta" of Arkansas.
Arkansas has an estimated population of 2,810,872 (estimated in 2006). Largest city and capital of Arkansas is Little Rock with an estimated population of 184,564 (estimated in 2006).
Arkansas has a humid subtropical climate with very hot, humid summers and mild, slightly drier winters. Despite its subtropical climate, Arkansas is known for occasional extreme weather.
Friendly, fun and fantastic, Arkansas welcomes you with unmatched natural beauty, charming historic towns, exciting cities, towering mountains, lush green valleys, lovely Deltas, rolling hills, vast mountain wilderness areas and a wealth of beautiful, clear water lakes, streams and rivers - including America's First National River, the Buffalo. Six national park sites and 51 state parks preserve the natural, historic and cultural aspects of Arkansas's heritage.
The Ozark/Eureka Springs region of Arkansas is one of the most inviting and beautiful destinations in the nation. The Ozark Mountain area is filled with picturesque lakes and rivers, hiking and camping opportunities and a strong hill country tradition. In the Ozarks you'll find towering mountains and vast wilderness areas, but also underground caverns, charming mountain cities and towns, crystal-clear lakes and world-class fishing and floating opportunities
The area also provides offer excellent opportunities for all types of water sports. Lake Norfork and Bull Shoals Lake offer plenty of opportunities for boating, skiing, clear-water scuba diving and wake boarding. The beautiful mountain rivers, the White River and North Fork River, the Great Twin Lakes, Lake Norfork and Bull Shoals Lake, all offer challenging fishing opportunities. The area can be a perfect vacation spot to spend your family vacation and enjoy your time on the sparking waters of the magnificent Ozarks.
Fort Smith, once the last outpost of civilization on the trail west, was established as a small fort in 1817. Build on a high bluff overlooking the junction of the Arkansas and Poteau rivers. Originally built to promote peace between the warring Osage and Cherokee Indian tribes, Ft. Smith is now a charming city that preserves its wild west past while offering the best in modern southern hospitality. Shop, dine, discover one-of-a-kind pieces and explore exciting history in all of the charming and lovely Arkansas River Valley cities and towns. Another great spot for your vacation with the kids.
The Arkansas River Valley, created by the path of the Arkansas River winding through rugged mountains and lush valleys, sparkles with three beautiful recreation and fishing lakes: Ozark Lake, Lake Dardanelle and Blue Mountain Lake. There's lots of recreation available all along the Arkansas River.
The Delta region is steeped in agriculture, and contains a number of historical parks and museums.
The mighty Mississippi outlines the Eastern border of Arkansas forming rich Delta farm land and the creative energy that gave birth to a social culture and the musical artists who created the Blues. The charm and magic of the Delta are immortalized in the writings of Mark Twain, 19th century American writer, and in the wealth of tunes created by musicians who, for centuries, have played the Blues on the streets of Helena, "the home of the Blues."
Little Rock and North Little Rock is the main thrust of the Central Region, with history, shopping, and nightlife. Little Rock is 115 square miles of small town feel coupled with exciting entertainment and cultural opportunities. Pro-sports, state parks, historical sites and neighbourhoods, museums, brew pubs, restaurants, shops and clubs, wildlife preserves, top public golf courses, antique centers, riverfront parks, family attractions and more await you in the Little Rock area in Central Arkansas. Nestled in the Ouchita Mountains of Central Arkansas, the Hot Springs area is one of Arkansas' most popular vacation destinations and ultimately suited for a great vacation with the kids. The areas' beautiful Diamond Lakes, family attractions, hot mineral springs, Diamond Mine, lovely mountains, State Parks and historic districts have been attracting many families with kids from all over the world for generations.
Southern Arkansas is famous for its beautiful moss-draped cypress lakes and rolling, densely wooded hills. Today families, fishermen, couples and tour groups visit Southern Arkansas to enjoy outdoor adventures and the many civil war sites, historic homes, log cabins, museums and attractions the area features. On the banks of the Arkansas River, Arkansas's capital city, Little Rock, is home to The Clinton Presidential Center and Park and the Clinton Presidential Library. The River Market District contains a full seasonal farmer’s market, as well as restaurants and shops, and even a music concert series. Gorgeous nature, the love for outdoor sports, and historical Southern cultures are all part of Arkansas. From the city nightlife to a remote small town, you can find the Arkansas spirit pervading throughout.
Whether you're planning a family week-end getaway or your next vacation with the kids, Arkansas is the perfect destination for all seasons.
Popular cities and towns in Arkansas:
Some of the most popular cities and towns in Arkansas are: Little Rock, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Conway, Rogers, Hot Springs, Jacksonville, Texarkana, Bentonville, West Memphis and Benton.
Looking for family friendly Arkansas hotels? Many of Arkansas family hotels and resorts offer unique vacation accommodations, including family suites and kid suites, complimentary hot breakfast, family style dining and friendly service. You can take a look at the accommodations section to find out what to look for in an accommodation suited for your children. Arkansas hotels can be reasonably priced and comfortably furnished as you would expect of family hotels. Fortunately there are lots of kids friendly hotels, resorts, bed & breakfasts and inns in Arkansas. Why not check out one of the many campgrounds and RV-parks Arkansas has to offer. Or why not choose a vacation rental, from cosy mountain cabins, to lakeside condos, to city apartments, there are lots of family friendly Arkansas vacation rentals that will meet all your needs. Arkansas has a variety of accommodations that are well suited for your vacation with the kids.
So many lakes, streams, and public lands exist within the Arkansas borders that sport fishing and hunting is naturally of huge interest to vacationers. But families choosing Arkansas to be their vacation destination can also enjoy its festivals, annual events, boating, hiking, abundant water activities and other attractions offering fun for the entire family.
Amusement Parks and Theme Parks:
Magic Springs & Crystal Falls
FunTrackers Family Park
Waterparks and waterfun:
Wild River Country
Zoos and aquariums:
Arkansas Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo
Little Rock Zoo
National Park Aquarium
Riddle's Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary
Other sites and tours to see:
The Clinton Presidential Center and Park
Eureka Springs Historic District
Fort Smith National Historic Site
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
Greers Ferry Lake
Parkin Archaeological State Park
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
The Old Mill
Elegant Marlsgate Plantation
Arkansas Post National Memorial
El Dorado Downtown Historic District
Talimena Scenic Byway
Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park
Blanchard Springs Caverns
Castleberry Riding Stables
Mountain Harbor Riding Stables
Panther Valley Ranch
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf
Safari Falls Miniature Golf
More vacation destinations....
More usefull websites:
Arkansas Official State Information
Arkansas Tourism Official Site.