Arkansas Vacation Ideas

Arkansas Vacation Ideas #1: Consider Catherine’s Landing in Hot Springs, Arkansas for your next vacation idea. Bathhouse Row, the historic downtown, Hot Springs National Park – the Hot Springs area has so much to offer for families and as a romantic vacation getaway spot.

You will need a place to stay when you vacation in Hot Springs and Catherine’s Landing may be just what you are looking for.

Catherine’s Landing has 400 acres located on the shores of beautiful Lake Catherine in Hot Springs. Stay in one of their comfortable resort cottages or yurts. Or bring your RV and settle in to one of their all-concrete full hook-up RV sites.

Everything you need is right there from activities like swimming, fishing, hiking, biking and boating to amenities like a fine concierge service, community lodge, Wi-Fi, playground and canoe & kayak rentals.

You could spend your whole vacation right there on the Catherine’s Landing site but reserve some time to explore and enjoy all the wonderful things to see and do in the greater Hot Springs area. It’s all just a short drive from your cottage or RV.

Arkansas Vacation Ideas #2: Take a trip deep into the Ozark Mountains to community of Mountain View where folk music reigns.

There are plenty of music and comedy shows like Cash's White River Hoedown or John Taylor's Laid Back Pickin'.

In between the entertainment stretch your legs on the numerous hiking and walking trails.

Do a little mountain biking, canoeing, swimming, or some world class fly fishing. In town you will find shops with antiques and arts & crafts.

Arkansas Vacation Ideas #3: Located in the heart of the Ozarks are two of Arkansas' best cave experiences. Mystic Caverns and Crystal Dome Caverns are waiting for you to explore their depths. The Crystal Dome got its name from the 8 story high ceiling of its main room. See the 28 foot "pipe organ" and hear the story of the "spider monkey".
Arkansas Vacation Ideas #4: One of my personal favorite places to vacation is Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I have been many years, and have yet to be bored. Eureka Springs is a small mountain town in the Ozarks of Arkansas. The town is filled with rich history and wonderful places to eat and shop. The main area of attraction is the historic downtown area.
Haunted Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs Arkansas
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Here you can find everything from biker bars, to super upscale art galleries. One of my favorite stores is the Silly Chili store, they have every kind of spicy sauce or condiment you could want, and a real old fashioned soda fountain.

Not far from the downtown area is the historic (1886), and haunted, Crescent Hotel. This is one of the best places to stay, as it is a restored Victorian-era hotel. They have a wonderful restaurant and, for the brave of heart, a night time ghost tour.

Not only does Eureka Springs have shopping, nightlife, Victorian homes, haunted hotels, and fine dining, they are also nestled on the side of a mountain in the beautiful Ozarks. This makes them an epicenter for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and water sports. Eureka Springs is more like a second home to me, and I cannot wait to return to the wonderful area and amiable people. - By Kyle from Mississippi

Arkansas Vacation Spots #5: Get a taste of the old west in Arkansas with a stay at a "Dude Ranch". Dinner Bell Ranch, in Eureka Springs, is just one of several places that offer a guest ranch vacation. They have top-notch saddle horses and take great care in matching rider and horse for rides on the scenic Ozark trails. Take a group hay ride or do a little canoeing, fishing or swimming.
Arkansas Vacation Ideas #6: With a Houseboat Vacation you are guaranteed a waterfront view. Fish or swim right outside your front door. What better way to relax and enjoy the wildlife of a river setting. Lacey's Narrows Marina on Greers Ferry Lake is just one of many places to rent your "floating hotel".
Arkansas Vacation Ideas #7: Arkansas has some of the best quality quartz in the world and Hot Springs is the place to go prospecting. There are many "dig-your-own" crystal mines in the area and also in Mount Ida. Usually you have to do a little digging with a small garden tool but sometimes the crystals are simply lying on the ground. No experience is needed to find yourself a little treasure.
Arkansas Vacation Spots#8: DeGray Lake Resort State Park has something for everyone. Located on an island in the middle of DeGray Lake, the location is spectacular in its beauty and the activities are endless. You’ll find anything from golf to fishing to camping to horseback riding and much more. It's perfect for a family vacation or a romantic getaway.
Arkansas Vacation Ideas #9: The Hot Springs Mountain Tower is a 216-foot high observatory that sits atop Hot Springs Mountain. Take the elevator up for a fantastic panoramic view of Hot Springs and the surrounding Ouachita Mountains and Diamond Lakes area. While you are there be sure to enjoy the thermal waters of the hot springs that gave the town its name.
Arkansas Vacation Ideas #10: For mountain activities the place to go is Mount Magazine State Park. It has the highest peak in Arkansas. Go there just for the incredible view or try your hand at rock climbing, rappelling, hang gliding or hiking. Because of its elevation the park stays cool so it's a great place to get away from the summer heat.
Arkansas Vacation Spots #11: Pumpkin Hollow, at Dalton Farms near Piggott, is the pumpkin capital of Arkansas. There are lots of fun family activities such as hayrides, petting zoo, goat walk, hay play area, hay maze, kid's spookhouse, a large antique farm equipment display, and more. Plus there are plenty of pick-your-own pumpkins and gourds.
Arkansas Vacation Ideas #12: Prospect for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park, near Murfreesboro, Arkansas. You get to keep whatever you find. Go on a hunt through the 37 acres of plowed volcanic soil that contains real diamonds. The largest diamond ever unearthed in the United States, the 40 carat "Uncle Sam", was dug up here as well as other many other notable diamond finds. Thousands have done it. Who knows what you might find.

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