2 local spots among Arkansas’s top travel destinations

The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism reports the state's top ten travel attractions were recently selected on USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards list, and two local destinations were recognized. The Buffalo National River was the top-ranked attraction in the Natural State, Blanchard Springs Caverns in Mountain View was selected number ten.

The Buffalo River was established in 1972 as the first designated national river in the United States. It flows for 135 miles through the Ozarks surrounded by 95,000 acres of public land, and it's popular for paddling, camping and hiking.

Blanchard Springs Caverns' visitors will be able to tour a live cave. It continues to drip water adding mineral deposits to the stalactites, stalagmites, columns and flowstones. Blanchard Springs offers paved and undeveloped trails allowing guests to choose their level of adventure.

The state's other top attractions ranked in order of two through nine are the Old Mill at T.R. Pugh Memorial Park in North Little Rock, Mount Magazine State Park near Paris, the Museum of Native American History in Bentonville, Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Central High School in Little Rock, Petit Jean State Park near Morrilton, Downtown Eureka Springs and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

A panel of Arkansas travel writers and photographers were selected to nominate their favorite state attractions, and USA Today's readers voted daily on their favorites. For more, go online to 10best.com.



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