SENIORS TRAVEL TO ARKANSASAug 9th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel
Arkansas, the ‘Natural’ State
A while back I wrote a blog on two well-known cities in Arkansas, Little Rock and Eureka Springs. There is so much more to take in and I wanted to share the entire state in one blog, which will be a little tough to do, but I’ll try. The first item of business would be to send for an Arkansas Vacation Planning Kit and a host of other items that may be of interest to senior citizens. On this site you can browse by areas of the state as well from the Ozarks in the north to the Timberlands in the south.
Places to Go, Things to Do, Places to Stay, Outdoors, Food & Drink, Events, Photos & Video, Maps, Travel Tools and sites that are Uniquely Arkansas are all here. There is so much to see and do in Arkansas that senior visitors will simply run out of time. Known as “The Natural State”, this is one great place for fishing. You can submit your e-mail address to receive an electronic newsletter to keep you updated on the Fishing News in Arkansas. I have done a lot of fishing over the years primarily in Minnesota but have never seen such a site dedicated to the sport as this one. If you love to fish for bass, the world record came from northern Arkansas.
52 State Parks Await Senior Visitors
The many State Parks in Arkansas are just naturals for enjoying the beauty and history of Arkansas. They offer something for everyone and provide endless opportunities for outdoor adventures and traveling through Arkansas’s fascinating past. Senior travelers are invited to explore and enjoy all of “Natural” Arkansas.
While food products are the state’s largest employing sector, lumber and wood products are a close second. Arkansas is also a leader in the production of cotton, rice, and soybeans. It has the country’s only active diamond mine; located near Murfreesboro, it is operated as a tourist attraction.
Good enough for Glen Campbell and Johnny Cash
A host of famous natives and residents came from Arkansas. You will find interesting state facts that include President Clinton’s Birthplace in Hope and his Presidential Library in Little Rock.
Admittedly one of my choice spots in Arkansas is Hot Springs. There is just something about that area that keeps my mind focused on that warm water that gushes out the hills and that brings many seniors to come and bathe and soak up the minerals. I have always thought that it would be ideal to own a home on a hill in that city with a small stream of mineral water running right through my yard. I could jump in it daily, even in the winter months and just contemplate the world.
Great diversity in all those towns and cities
There are many diverse communities and cities in Arkansas, each with something unique for senior visitors to discover. The people and towns in the Delta have been shaped by a long tradition of agriculture — a bit of the “Old South” is still alive there. On the state’s western edge, Fort Smith was once a military outpost on the nation’s frontier. Today, senior visitors can explore its “Wild West” history along with a beautifully restored historic district. The world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, is headquartered in Bentonville. That city and nearby Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville make up one of America’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas.
Eureka Springs, in the Ozark Mountains, and Hot Springs, in the Ouachita Mountains, are two “spa” cities in Arkansas that have long drawn senior vacationers in search of healing and relaxation. So grab a towel and a bathing suit and head on down to the Ozarks. Don’t forget to bring your fish pole as well. Oh yes, they have great watermelons in Bill Clinton’s old hometown of Hope and the RR Depot is not to be missed. jeb