It is said that the right time to tour Arkansas is anytime of the year. The state styles itself as a great tourist destination with historic towns, exciting cities, towering mountains, lush green valleys and beautiful, clear lakes and rivers. No less than 51 state parks are available for vacationing families, campers, hikers, and nature lovers. The De Gray Lake Resort State Park, for instance, is an enticing island getaway in the heart of Ouachita Mountains.
But perhaps Arkansas' biggest claim to contemporary history is that it is the home state of former US President Bill Clinton.
Located on the banks of the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock is the Clinton Presidential Center and Park. It boasts a $160-million-dollarstructure containing 20,000 square feet of library and museum space. Here, visitors will see a replica of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room. The library houses the largest collection of presidential papers and artifacts in American history.
For avid Clinton followers, the interesting spots are the Arkansas Governor's Mansion (he served as Governor between 1947and 1950), his first home in Little Rock (a private residence; he lived here when he served as attorney general from 1077-1979), the Arkansas State Capitol, Statehouse Convention Center, Old State House, and Old Gazette Building.
The former president was actually born in southwest Arkansas, in the small town of Hoe. The town is also famous for its Watermelon Festival each August, featuring the world's largest watermelons. Clinton's childhood home was in Hot Springs, the "Spa City,” where he went to school and attended church. Then, there is Fayetteville, where the University of Arkansas is situated and where he taught law in the early 1970's.