Arkansas Bucket List ~ Southwest Region

The Southwest Region of Arkansas is another region I highly recommend visiting, as it is home to one of America’s least visited, (yet highly relaxing,) National Parks, Hot Springs National Park.

Glenwood

  • Little Missouri Falls: I love waterfalls so this sounds like a nice picnic spot.

Hope

  • President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site: Nestled in the tiny town of Hope is a wonderful place to learn about the childhood of President Clinton. We were lucky and were able to take a tour of the house shortly after it reopened due to a fire!

Hot Springs

  • Bathhouse Row: Come stroll the main street of downtown Hot Springs and take in all the bathhouses that take advantage of the town’s namesake.
  • Clinton Tour: I wish I had known about this self guided tour when we visited! This allows you to take a tour of all of President Clinton’s favorite places around the town where he grew up.
  • Fordyce Bathhouse Museum: This also serves as the visitor center for Hot Springs National Park. It is a fascinating museum that shows how the hot springs used to be used when the bathhouses first opened.
  • Hot Springs Mountain Tower: Located within the “mountain” portion of Hot Springs National Park, this observation tower lets you explore two different viewing levels and contains some history on the area.
  • Quapaw Baths and Spa: Come here to experience the hot springs in luxury. We greatly enjoyed our hot spring couples bath!
  • Tiny Town: I wish I would have known about this miniature village display when visiting!

Mena

  • Queen Wilhelmina State Park: Scenic mountain views and a newly renovated lodge!

Mountain Pine

  • Lake Ouachita State Park: Huge lake that offers swimming and cabin rentals.

Murfreesboro

  • Crater of Diamonds State Park: Offers guests a chance to dig for diamonds.

Smackover

  • Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources: Neat museum that teaches about Arkansas’ natural resources, with special attention given to the oil boom.

Texarkana

  • Photographer’s Island: A chance to stand in both Texas and Arkansas at the same time!
  • State Line Post Office and Federal Building: This is the only post office that sits in two states. Plus the outside offers a nice memorial to JFK.

All attractions found in the 2018 Arkansas Travel Guide.

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