Category Archives: Arkansas Attractions

Can You Dig It? Where To Find Quartz Crystals in Arkansas

June 18, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Where to find Quartz Crystals in ArkansasThe quality and availability of naturally occurring quartz crystals in Arkansas is rivaled only by Brazil. If you’re a fan of quartz crystals, a visit to Arkansas’ Ouchitas is most definitely in order.

Whether you love crystals or are just looking for something neat to bring home as a vacation memento, you should visit Arkansas’ Ouachita Mountains. The area is known for its abundant deposits of quartz crystal. And by “deposits” I mean that, in some areas, you could once simply scoop the crystals up off the ground like so many pebbles.

Of course, by now, most those easy to scoop-up crystals are … already scooped up. Today, one has to either rely on a rock shop for crystals in Arkansas – or go mine your own. But wait. Before you invest in a headlamp and pick axe, there’s something you should know about “mining” quartz crystals in Arkansas.

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Visit and Explore Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

March 30, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR
photo: Kevin Dooley

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a beautifully designed art museum in Bentonville, AR. The museums’s noteworthy collection contains important works from a broad swath of American artists, from Colonial times up to the present.

The first thing you notice upon arrival at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is the museum itself. The design, by architect Moshe Safdie and engineer Buro Happold, is a piece of art in and of itself.

The stunning glass-and-wood design is nestled around two spring-fed ponds in the forest.  Two bridge pavilions stretch out over the water to give the museum its name. This winning combination of nature and design make for an inspirational experience. The Crystal Bridges facility includes galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, a library, sculpture garden, and a glass-enclosed gathering hall that can hold up to 300 people.

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Discover Crowley’s Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway

March 17, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Discover Crowley’s Ridge Parkway National Scenic BywayAmerica’s largest alluvial plane also holds one of Arkansas’ most scenic motorcycle rides. Come discover Crowley’s Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway in the Arkansas Delta region.

The Eastern Arkansas Delta region is situated within our nation’s largest alluvial plain. An alluvial plane is a vast and ancient flatland created over the eons by continual flooding. In this instance, the culprit is the Mississippi River and a millennia of erosion, silt deposits, and course changes.

Arkansas’ Delta region sounds rather violent and ugly when described like that but nothing could be farther from the truth. The area is lush, beautiful, and contains some of our nation’s most gorgeous country, including Crowley’s Ridge Parkway.

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Soar To New Heights At The Arkansas Air & Military Museum

January 29, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Air & Military Museum in Fayetteville, ARAeronautics, military, and history fans alike will thrill at the Arkansas Air & Military Museum collection in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Fayetteville’s Arkansas Air & Military Museum, located at Drake Field, is housed in a piece of history, itself.

The massive, all-wood, white hangar the museum is housed in is listed on the Arkansas Registry of Historic Places. It was built during World War II, which explains why wood was used in its construction rather than steel or aluminum. The site served as the headquarters for a military aviation training post and is one of the few such buildings surviving from the 1940s.

Of course, what waits inside is even more fascinating and exciting!

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Expect The Unexpected In Fort Smith, Arkansas!

January 26, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

The Unexpected in Fort Smith, AR

This mural by Ana Maria is just one of many to be seen in Fort Smith. – image courtesy Valis55

Expect The Unexpected in Fort Smith, Arkansas! The Unexpected is an ongoing street art initiative that is bringing permanent work by internationally renowned street artists to Fort Smith.

Fort Smith, Arkansas is probably most famous for its connection to the real-life story of Rooster Cogburn and Mattie Ross in True Grit. That a town the size of Fort Smith would have much claim to fame at all may come as a bit of a surprise – but Fort Smith is full of surprises. It’s no hyperbole at all to say that you can definitely expect The Unexpected in Fort Smith!

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Come Explore The Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights!

December 8, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2017Just last post we focused on Lights Of The Ozarks in Fayetteville – but that’s hardly the only amazing Christmas light display in Arkansas. In fact, Arkansas is home to so many stunning holiday light displays, there is an extensive state tour trail! This holiday season, come explore the festive Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights!

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Discover The Unique Stone Formations of Bull Shoals Caverns

October 27, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Bull Shoals Caverns, Bull Shoals, ARCome see the underground waterfall, lake, and fantastic rock formations of Bull Shoals Caverns! A 350 million year-old living cave in North Central Arkansas.

Bull Shoals Caverns were carved out of solid limestone by water in a lengthy process that is ongoing. The caverns are still being cut and shaped to this day, and will continue to be as long as there is water to flow and limestone to dissolve. That’s why it’s known as a “living” cave. Any cave that is still in the process of being formed is referred to as a “living” cave.

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Prospect For Real Treasure at Crater of Diamonds State Park

October 16, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Crater of Diamonds State ParkCrater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, AR is billed as “The World’s Only ‘Keep What You Find’ Diamond Site” – and that’s the truth. Where else can you pay a small fee to dig for diamonds you can keep?

You’re probably thinking to yourself that this has to be some kind of scam. That the park is either seeding the site with a few cheap diamonds for tourists to find – or that there’s nothing there at all. It’s sensible to be skeptical about these things – but, in this instance, you’d be wrong on both counts.

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Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge Is For The Birds

August 21, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge Come visit one of Arkansas’ best birding spots. Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge in White County, Arkansas, encompasses almost 15,000 acres of diverse habitat for wintering waterfowl. The acreage includes croplands, bottomland hardwoods, cypress/tupelo brakes, and other natural wetlands. This expansive refuge provides a diverse array of habitats along the Little Red River.

Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge protects and provides feeding and resting areas for migrating waterfowl. The refuge was a rice farm before the government purchased it in 1993 as part of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.

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Discover the Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of Fame!

July 22, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of FameWhat do Billy Bob Thornton, Johnny Cash, John Grisham, and Mary Steenburgen all have in common? They have all called Arkansas home! Learn about these stars and over 80 other famous sons an daughters of Arkansas with a visit to the Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of Fame, in Pine Bluff, AR.

You might be surprised to learn just how many famous actors, singers, writers, and others in the entertainment world have lived in Arkansas. The Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of Fame has already inducted 88 famous Arkansans – and they wont be done any time soon!

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