The nickname ‘the Natural State’ is not an empty phrase: there are mountains of the Interior Highlands and lowlands along the Arkansas Delta, forests of the Arkansas Timberlands and water expanse of the Mississippi River. Unsurprisingly, tourism is a thing in Arkansas: vast stretches of manifold landscapes entice travelers to unite with Nature. For urban experiences, visit the state capital Little Rock, or one of the big cities like Jonesboro and Bentonville. Here, local museums like the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art convey the story of Arkansas cultural heritage. Music is non-stop: Pine Bluff and West Memphis are known for their tradition of blues; the Ozarks area boasts the combination of bluegrass, rockabilly, and folk.
The economy of the state boosted after World War II: aircraft, service industry, tourism, steel, cotton, and poultry are major industries. Six of the 500 Fortune companies are based in the Natural State including Walmart, Windstream, and Tyson Foods. The University of Arkansas and Hendrix College are the best educational institutions in the state, and among the best in the nation.