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Attractions to Visit in Arkansas

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Little Rock

Little Rock is a city located on the south bank of the Arkansas River in Central Arkansas. It is the capital city of the state of Arkansas, USA. The City of Little Rock lies in the humid subtropical climate zone. Hence, it experiences hot, humid summers and mild winters. The average high temperature is 28°C while the average low temperature is 5°C.

Arkansas is a predominantly an agricultural state where Little Rock serves as the economic hub. Local, state and federal government are one of the major employers in Little Rock. Banks, medical facilities and other services are also integral to the economy. Some of the products manufactured in Little Rock include metals, soybeans, rice, chemicals, timber, and aircraft.


Sherwood is a suburb in the Little Rock region and is a city in the Pulaski County in the Arkansas of United States. The growth and advancement has not put an end to this small town ambiance of an ancient Old Town and unity is apparent from the community gatherings which include the city’s annual Robin Hood Festival.

Both the older and the newer part of the Sherwood town exists in perfect harmony and are enclosed by the wetlands of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge and steep hills of productive farmland which encompass the city’s bustling roads and city center.

Sherwood is located on the Highway 99W which is between Newberg and Tigard forming a chief transportation triangle in the southern part of Washington County. The ideal location helps in making it easy for office goers to commute till Portland for work and come back to the serene and tranquil Sherwood.


Arkadelphia city is located in Clark County of Arkansas of United States. The strategic location of this city at the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains makes it one of the favorite tourist destinations.

The place was inhabited by John Hemphill who was a operator of a nearby salt works that was the first industry in Arkansas. The city’s name is derived from Blakelytown till 1839. After the settlement the present name was formed on the basis Ark- taken from the state’s name Arkansas and Adelphia from Philadelphia. Although the meaning of this whole word is “the arc of brotherly love”

Arkadelphia has many recreational activities too with parks and pavilions and basket ball courts. The city is also a home to rich educational background. This city has two universities and a very good public school system. All these make Arkadelphia a better place to settle own as well as spending a leisure vacation.


The Arkansas State in the United States has the Polk County in which there is a city called as Mena. This city was established by Arthur Edward Stilwell while the Gulf Railroad (Kansas City Southern) and Kansas City, Pittsburg were being constructed. Stillwell’s primary investor was Jan de Goeijen. His wife’s name was Mena Janssen de Goeijen after whom this city is named. The elevation of this city is 1,171 feet. The gross area of this city is 6.8 square miles and out of these 0.04 square miles is covered by water while the remaining 6.7 square miles are occupied by land. Air travel is possible in this city from the Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport.


Springdale is the fourth largest city in Arkansas. Home to Tyson Foods, the largest meat producing company in the world, the city has a very strong economical base. The major contributors to its economy, apart from the manufacturing industry, are real estate and the tourism industry.

The topography of this city is as diverse as its culture and economy. Due to its location in north-west Arkansas, the city is blessed with beautiful mountains, lush forests, clear lakes and parks, making it a popular tourist destination.

The pleasant climate of Springdale is another important reason for thousands of tourists to visit the city. The maximum average annual temperature is around 21°C, and the minimum average annual temperature is approximately 9°C.

Arkansas Wine Country

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Over 135 years ago, many German-Swiss immigrants traveled well into the south central United States to stake their claim. And back in the 1870’s, the beautiful Ozark Mountain area of northwestern Arkansas seemed an appropriate place to begin. Rolling mountains, while not quite the height or splendor of the Swiss Alps, offered a reminder of home.

And so, a large German-Swiss settlement blossomed in the west/northwest area of Arkansas, “The Natural State”. Now, almost a century and a half later, this European influence is still felt in a unique area of the state, roughly between Little Rock in the state’s center and Fort Smith, at its’ western boundary. Not far off of Interstate I-40, about 50 minutes east of Fort Smith, you’ll find Arkansas Wine Country.

Traveling west/northwest out of Little Rock (actually, North Little Rock) on Interstate 40, it’s about 140 miles to the heart of Arkansas wine country. As you travel outside of Little Rock, you’ll notice the topography changing … lush valleys and rolling mountains … a perfect subclimate for grape growing and wine making. Approximately two hours outside of Little Rock on Interstate 40, look for exit 41, Arkansas Route 186. Go south about five miles on 186 and you’ll enter the charming and historic town of Altus, heart of Arkansas wine country and home to four area wineries. Let’s take a closer look.

Chateau Aux Arc Vineyards and Winery: Directly on Rt. 186, actually just two miles off I-40 and before you reach the town of Altus,is Chateau Aux Arc, the world’s largest propagator of Cynthiana grapes. Be sure to check out their gorgeous tasting room, situated on top of St. Mary’s mountain. Enjoy the view of the Arkansas River Valley while you taste the fruit of Chateau Aux Arc’s labor.

Mount Bethel Winery: Three generations of the Post family have proudly guided this beautiful historic winery. Just 1/4 mile east of the town of Altus, Mount Bethel Winery offers a full selection of reds, whites, and fruit wines. Since Arkansas is a renowned fruit producer, we decided to try the Elderberry and Blackberry wines, both produced from fruit grown and hand picked by the Post family. Both were sweet, tangy, and quite enjoyable. Mount Bethel is also renowned for their port wine, Big Daddy Port.

Post Familie Vineyards and Winery: On to downtown Altus, where one block north on Rt. 186 stands the Post Familie Vineyards and Winery. They say the scenery in this area is just as beautiful as Napa Valley and we wouldn’t disagree! Post Familie is known for their muscadine wines (a southern specialty), as well as a very nice Pinot Grigio.

Wiederkehr Wine Cellars: A pioneer in the U.S. wine industry (Wiederkehr is Bonded Winery #8), Wiederkehr Wine Cellars is an introduction to the Swiss winemaking heritage. Housed in an Alpine lodge, Wiederkehr offers 45 minute winery and cellar tours for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into winemaking. We enjoyed a German-Swiss lunch in their onsite restaurant, the Weinkeller Restaurant. As for wine, try Wiederkehr’s deliciously dry Johannisberg Riesling or their unique, crisp Verdelet, a white wine made from a French developed grape variety.

Cowie Wine Cellars and Museum: Our last stop takes us to the smallest winery in Arkansas, Cowie Wine Cellars and Museum. Located three miles west of Paris, Arkansas on scenic Rt. 22, Cowie Wine Cellars is a must stop, not just to taste and buy their wines, but also to see their museum, dedicated to the art of Arkansas winemaking and Arkansas wineries.