5 Reasons to Visit Arkansas



This Summer has seriously been the summer of spontaneous trips. I don't think I planned any trip this summer, yet this year I traveled the most I have ever traveled (and apparently lost my ability to come up with any synonyms for the word travel.) One of the most underrated states I had the opportunity to visit (are you proud of me for not saying travel?), while moving my younger sister into college, was Arkansas.


I really think that the reason that this short trip stood out the most to me, was how random and relaxing it was to explore the natural state.

There's definitely more than just five reasons you should make the road trip to Arkansas, but I didn't want to bombard you with all 448 of my pictures. So, I'm just go to KISS and get on with the five reasons why you're missing out on one of the most beautiful places in the country.

1. The Water

These pictures were taken at Devil's Den State Park and the surrounding Arkansas area. We just walked around the park for a couple of hours, but I would love to actually camp here in the very near future. 

I actually climbed on the top of the waterfall (in flip flops - yes, I'm that girl) to get these pictures. The waterfall, and the park in general, was so unbelievably serene that I just wanted to hang out for about 7 billion more hours.

Can we talk about how GORGEOUS the bodies of water are in Arkansas (can you say Nat Geo status?) Seriously, the water alone is reason enough to check out this heavenly state.




 


2. The Greenery and Florals

Yes, we have trees and flowers in Texas, but no where close to this. Every where you looked you could see some sort of green. Whether it be Ireland status or the trees lining every road and highway. Can you say paradise?










3. The Rocks and Architecture

One of the pit stops we made on our way to the Arkansas mountains was the Subiaco Abbey. I felt like I was in some sort of Jane Austen novel as soon as we stepped on the campus (did I mention that the abbey is also an academy? Can you imagine going to school somewhere that beautiful?) Also, I'm pretty sure I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with the abundance of rocks in Arkansas. They are so breathtaking (and if you don't agree, I don't know if we can still be friends...)






4. The Roads

The roads in Arkansas are the kind of roads that make you want to drive for hours. Whether we were driving up the mountains, on the highway or through a tiny town -- I was in love. I'm sure the other drivers on the road thought I was certifiable, taking pictures of the roads, but I couldn't help myself. Also, every time I see a sign that says Scranton, I'm obligated to document it (because The Office.)








5. The Mountains

Honestly, if you only make the trip to Arkansas for the mountains -- I. Don't. Blame. You. They are so beautiful. We went to Mount Magazine (Arkansas' highest point.) Even though it kept raining on and off the entire time we were there, the view was incredible. Maybe, I'm just not used to living around mountains, but it was definitely a spiritual experience (10 out of 10 would recommend.) Pro-tip: if your sister sits on the ledge overlooking the mountains for a insta-worthy picture and like 20 vultures start to circle above -- you should probably tell her to get down. 






What are some of your favorite states to visit?

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