<www.nps.gov/arpo>: A memorial and museum commemorate Arkansas’ first permanent white settlement, Arkansas Post, which became a thriving river port and the first capital of Arkansas Territory.
<www.arkansashistory.com>: At this state museum, you’ll see a pre-Civil War neighborhood and Arkansas-made art and artifacts. Plus, learn the history of the Bowie Knife, and take part in re-enactments and heritage events.
<www.nps.gov/hosp>: Located in and around downtown Hot Springs, this park was the state’s first area protected by the National Park Service. Be sure to visit Bathhouse Row and the park’s visitor center inside the former Fordyce Bathhouse — considered the most luxurious of the group.
<www.oldstatehouse.com>: Housed in the oldest surviving state capitol west of the Mississippi River, this museum focuses on women’s and political history. Collections include Civil War battle flags and African-American quilts.
<www.oldwashingtonstatepark.com>: This restored 19th-century town, often called the Colonial Williamsburg of the Southwest, provides a way to experience pioneer life. Tour the historic public buildings and private residences, and view antique guns and knives.