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Arkansas--What's Not to Love?

U.S. News has just released their list of the top cities to live. Fayetteville, Arkansas came in third! Those of us who live here are not surprised. Take a look at just a few of the reasons Arkansas is a hidden jewel waiting to be found. Arkansas, the Natural State!

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The Crescent Hotel, built in 1886, once a place of healing using the natural springs of Eureka, Springs.

The Crescent Hotel, built in 1886, once a place of healing using the natural springs of Eureka, Springs.

Tales of ghosts and stories of quacks preying on the sick, populate the history of this grand old hotel. It is touted as the most haunted hotel in America. Situated on the top of the highest hill in the city, it is host to many great events such as Books In Bloom.

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Bull Shoals Dam, the fifth largest concrete dam in the United States. Arkansas is known for its lakes and rivers.

Bull Shoals Dam, the fifth largest concrete dam in the United States. Arkansas is known for its lakes and rivers.

From Beaver Lake, a man made lake that engulfed a town wrapped in mystery, to small lakes populating almost every town in the state. Water plays an important part in tourism, from water sports to accommodations.

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Blanchard Springs, just one example of Arkansas beautiful cave system.

Blanchard Springs, just one example of Arkansas beautiful cave system.

Caves in Arkansas range from deep, dark caverns accessed through tiny openings and dropping down several feet, to ones like Blanchard Springs. War Eagle Cave, a privately owned cave that has a bat colony still unaffected by the disease that is attacking bats in other caves around the US, forcing them to remain closed.

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Bikes, Blues & BBQ

Bikes, Blues & BBQ

Bikes, Blues & BBQ is an annual event that has grown to revel some of the oldest bike rallies. This rally started in 2000, with only 300 riders; today it is purported that over 400,000 bikers and their riders attend from all over the US and other countries.

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Wilson Park, Fayetteville, AR, the Castle

Wilson Park, Fayetteville, AR, the Castle

Fayetteville's parks come in all sizes and uses. The bike paths that connect towns from Bella Vista to West Fork allow for over 35 miles of safe biking lanes. This castle was built in the 1970's and has been maintained and loved by the residents of this city.

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Louisiana State Park, Brinkley, Arkansas

Louisiana State Park, Brinkley, Arkansas

This National Historic Landmark, preserves the initial point from which all surveys of the property acquired through the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 initiated.