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11 Places That Prove You Need To Take A Road Trip Through Arkansas

Arkansas is sometimes known as the "Land of Opportunity." Opportunity for what, exactly? Adventure.

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1. Petit Jean State Park

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With choice views of Cedar Creek Canyon, Seven Hollows, and Bear Cave, Arkansas's first state park is the perfect place to take in the beautifully rugged terrain the state has to offer.

4. Fayetteville Ale Trail

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Towns surrounding the beautiful Ozarks have cultivated their own unique craft beer culture, and this self-guided tour invites you to boozily breeze through all the best breweries in Fayetteville.

6. Eureka Springs

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EUREKA! Take in the quaint splendor of "The Little Switzerland of America," known for the Victorian-style architecture that lines its winding streets.

7. Mount Magazine State Park

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Atop Arkansas's tallest mountain, the 2,573-foot Mount Magazine, lies a sightseeing smorgasbord of mountain cliffs and strange wildlife. There are also tons of extreme activities for you adrenaline junkies, including rock climbing, rappelling, hang gliding, and ATV trails.

8. Hot Springs National Park

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Smack-dab in the middle of this city lies a soothing pool of natural hot springs...and so the city was named. The city/park is also home to Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery, the first brewery to be located inside a national park!

9. Jones Bar-B-Q Diner

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Despite being more than a century old, the menu at this locally famous diner hasn't changed: a simple BBQ sandwich with homemade slaw. Jones Bar-B-Q has even been featured on CBS This Morning!

10. Dyess Colony

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During the Great Depression, many families in Arkansas lost their homes, prompting President Roosevelt to set up resettlement communities like the Dyess Colony. Here, a young boy named Johnny Cash — who would grow up to become "The Man in Black" — was raised.

So if you find yourself driving through Arkansas...maybe don't just drive through it. Stop and have yourself an adventure.

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