Hit the road on a scenic fall drive

Fall is a wonderful time to take a scenic drive as you head out in search of seasonal color. Fall drives are also perfect for social distancing, and Arkansas’s lodging, dining and attractions are following safety protocols so you can make the most of your route as you enjoy the beauty of The Natural State.  From […]

Arkansas.com receives outstanding achievement award

Arkansas Tourism was recently selected for an award in outstanding achievement in web development by the Web Marketing Association (WMA).  The award specifically recognizes the Arkansas.com page “Virtual Arkansas: Staying inside doesn’t mean you can’t have fun,” which was created to help promote The Natural State at a time during the COVID-19 pandemic when many tourist […]

Arkansas tourism industry continues to strengthen state economy

2019 economic impact report indicates solid growth The positive economic impact of tourism in Arkansas continues to be significant, according to data released from the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. In 2019, just under 69,000 Arkansans worked directly within the travel industry, a 1.4 percent increase over 2018. And these ambassadors greeted more […]

Main Streets across Arkansas continue to serve as community cores

Main streets represent the heart and core of communities. Every community and commercial district has its own distinct sense of place and heritage that it shares. “Our small businesses positively impact our communities in so many ways,” said Greg Phillips, Director of Main Street Arkansas. “They are the unique businesses that differentiate our communities from […]

Investment club enjoys a successful meeting on Mount Magazine

In late January, before COVID-19 hit, the Eden Isle Blue Chip Investment Club blocked rooms and booked a trip to Mount Magazine State Park near Paris for its June 2020 meeting.  Fast forward to the trip dates of June 12-13 and the club, consisting of members mostly 65 years of age and older, had a […]

September ‘Discover Arkansas’ Now Online

The September edition of “Discover Arkansas” is now available at www.arkansas.com/discover-arkansas. Published by Arkansas Tourism, the monthly digital publication highlights events, activities and trip ideas in The Natural State.  If you’re in the mood for fall road trips, pumpkins, and scenic waterfront views, this month’s issue was curated just for you! Load up the car and […]

Increasing Number of Visitors Focus for State Park Staff

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) – An increase in visitors at several state parks has prompted park officials to remind the public that COVID-19 restrictions remain in place and will be enforced. Pinnacle Mountain, Petit Jean, and Devil’s Den State Parks have all experienced similar rule infractions recently.  “We only allow visitors to park in the parking lot […]

Division of Arkansas Heritage sites provide virtual experiences for travelers

Although it isn’t quite business-as-usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still ways you and your family can enjoy visiting Division of Arkansas Heritage sites across the state. Enhanced security procedures onsite and digital offerings are allowing visitors to easily explore at the level they feel most comfortable. From culture and history to roots […]

Arkansas Welcome Centers provide a safe setting for guests

Kim Williams, travel writer ; Arkansas Tourism – Arkansas Welcome Centers have hosted guests from across the globe for decades, providing information on attractions, lodging and dining to millions of visitors. In mid-March, as COVID-19 began to circulate, the centers temporarily closed their doors. Over the next nine weeks, a plan was developed to reopen […]

North Arkansas offers safe adventures and fun

While travel looks a little different right now, Arkansas is still very much open for business. Locations across the state are taking special measures to make sure visitors can continue to enjoy all that The Natural State has to offer. In the Northwest and North Central part of the state, you’ll find a variety of […]

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