Esurance now offers car insurance in Arkansas. And we’re thrilled to be there. Of course, as with Kansas last month, we wanted to learn all we could about our newest state. And what better way to do so than through a (virtual) road trip?
Places to visit in Arkansas (a virtual travelogue)
As a company born online and powered by technology, we decided to take a virtual route through the Natural State. So we consulted our favorite shiny new web app, Roadtrippers, to plot a course full of natural wonders, historical highlights, and local cuisine. Here’s where our wanderings took us.
Crater of Diamonds State Park
It’s not often that you have the opportunity to make money on vacation. So when we heard about Crater of Diamonds State Park — where you can go mining for diamonds in the U.S.’s only operating diamond mine and keep whatever you find — we made it our very first stop.
(Hey, those mining profits will come in handy for the rest of the trip!)
Hot Springs National Park
Rather worn out after all that diamond mining, a trip northeast to Hot Springs sounded like just the thing. With thermal hot springs, miles of hiking trails, and an abundance of historical landmarks, you could easily spend a few relaxing days in this mountain town.
But first, a quick stop at McClard’s Bar-B-Q (est. 1928) to feast on the saucy and fry-slathered (yes, fry-slathered) ribs they call “Ribs and Fry.” After all, when a genius like F. Murray Abraham says something like, “I just don’t understand why there isn’t a McClard’s everywhere I go,” you have to check it out.
Delightfully full, we made for Hot Springs National Park to kick back and soak away our stress at one of the many spas. Ahhhh …
After a day of recharging, we set out on the town, hitting up the Gangster Museum and Magic Springs & Crystal Falls, a popular water and theme park.
Next we headed north, bound for Buffalo River National Park. But not before passing through the state’s capital city, Little Rock.
The sight of Little Rock on the horizon set a few stomachs growling again, so we stopped off at Flying Fish to try out some Southern seafood. Mudbugs anyone!? (Don’t worry; that’s just the local term for crawfish.) Onward and northward!
Ozark Folk Center State Park
What trip to Arkansas would be complete without a little culture? To get our fix, we headed to this “living museum,” which teaches visitors about traditional pioneer skills and offers concerts featuring songs and music from America’s past. And once we’d jigged our hearts out, we headed for the Flying Pig zip line at Loco Ropes. Flying pigs!? Crazy ropes!? How could we say no to that?
Blanchard Springs Caverns
From high in the sky to deep underground — our next stop was Blanchard Springs Caverns. Located deep in the Ozarks, this underground world is the only developed cave system operated by the U.S. Forest Service. The limestone caverns offer guided walking tours and adventure tours (for those who aren’t scared of cave monsters). Check out the stalagmite- and stalactite-packed photo gallery!
Buffalo National River
The perfect place for outdoor lovers, this scenic waterway offers waterfalls, caves, natural bridges, and canyons. Canoe, raft, go horseback riding, or fish and enjoy the beauty around you. What better place to end our epic road trip through our great new state of Arkansas?
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