Arkansas Travel Guide
The life and legacy of our 42nd president is on full display at his dedicated museum and library. Head to the second floor for permanent exhibits on his time in office. The museum also invites rotating exhibits such as works by Dale Chihuly, currently on view through January.
Get motivated about technology, science, and math at this interactive museum with exhibits like Earth Journeys, which explores Arkansas’ geological features, and the Tinkering Studio, where kids learn to build toys and other imaginative objects.
Streets are blocked off on Saturdays for the 150-stall Farmers’ Market, selling everything from artisanal cheeses and jams to watercolors and beeswax candles.
There are 12 themed gardens and a butterfly house on these landscaped grounds where four seasons of native flora and fauna thrive. Check the calendar for events such as garden cocktail parties, Little Sprouts kid programs, and outdoor evening concerts.
As most of the great western art museums focus on European art—and rightfully so—American works often gets lost in the mix. Perhaps that’s what’s most inspiring about Crystal Bridges, dedicated solely to American art.
If you jumped on the mustache craze, this is the store for you: Everything from tees and onesies to pacifiers and purses are printed with stylish stashes.
At the Crater of Diamonds State Park in southwest Arkansas, visitors are free to dig and sift for diamonds blasted to the surface eons ago via a rare volcanic pipe formation.
Excited about: For the ultimate culture fix, head to the Festival of the Tooth, in Kandy, Sri Lanka, a celebration in July that commences with the planting of a jack tree and ends with the firing of cannons. Years as agent: 29.
The Fordyce Bathhouse, a 1915 spa, now serves as a museum, complete with a restored marble lobby, gymnasium, and even the original billiards parlor.
The recently reopened Quapaw Baths & Spa, a 1922 Spanish-colonial mansion with a mosaic-tiled central dome and seven private soaking rooms, gives the historic mountain town of Hot Springs a new way to take the waters.
Insider Clout: Poe’s reach in Turkey is evinced by his many years on this list—and the full-service office he maintains in Istanbul—but his latest coup is beyond its borders: last year he secured visas for an entire group of rank-and-file (i.e., non–diplomatic corps) Americans to