As a native Arkansan, it’s hard for me to choose just one favorite place or attraction in the state! I’m always amazed by how much there is to see and do in Arkansas.

I love to hike and explore the outdoors, and there’s no shortage of opportunities to do so, from the Ozark Mountains in the northern part of the state to the Ouachita Mountains in the south. I especially love Arkansas’s national parks. Arkansas is home to seven national park sites, including the nation’s first national river, the Buffalo National River. And, Hot Springs National Park was the first land set aside for protection by the federal government.

You can also visit Central High School National Historic Site in Little Rock, Pea Ridge National Military Park in Pea Ridge, Fort Smith National Historic Site in Fort Smith, Arkansas Post National Memorial in Gillett and the President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site in Hope. As I said, it’s hard to choose just one favorite area in Arkansas! You’ll never run out of places to explore. That’s just one of the many reasons I’m so proud to call The Natural State home.