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In Arkansas, no alcohol purchases in stores on Sundays.

Public safety

Arkansas ranks among the five most dangerous states in the US. Arkansas's violent crime rate is strongly concentrated in a handful of cities, which don't attract tourists anyway. Pine Bluff and West Memphis are the most dangerous cities.

Background

Arkansas - The Natural State - k.m. photo

Destination in brief

The pronunciation “AR-kan-saw” is the right way. It’s a French spelling of a Native name, probably the Myaamia name for the Ugaxpa (Quapaw) people, which means “downriver people,” although it’s also been translated as “people of the south wind.” American English sometimes retains French spellings and sometimes doesn’t.

Neighbors: Missouri (north), Tennessee and Mississippi (east), Louisiana (south), Texas (southwest), Oklahoma (west)

Size: 137,733 km²  (53,179 sq mi)

Population (in 2020): 3.1 million - 77% White, 15,4% Black (African American)

Capital city: Little Rock

History

Arkansas began as a southern state in 1836 and was part of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. In modern times, it has become a little bit of both a southern and a central state.

The Clintons are from Arkansas.

Attractions

Little Rock

Arkansas - Little Rock - Arkansas State Capitol - j.k. photo

Arkansas - Little Rock - Esse Purse Museum & Store - one of the three purse museums in the world - j.k. photo

Buffalo National River

 Mammoth Spring State Park

Arkansas - Mammoth Spring State Park - j.k. photo

 Thorncrown Chapel

Mount Magazine State Park

Blanchard Springs Caverns

Hot Springs National Park

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville

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