Charming is not a word typically used to describe Alaska, a state known for grizzly bears, ice road truckers, and some of the largest swaths of untamed wilderness in America. But travel about five hours south of Anchorage on the Sterling Highway, and you’ll reach Homer, arguably one of America’s most charming coastal communities. The town’s nickname, “the end of the road,” refers to its location on a four-and-a-half-mile spit that unspools from the highway into the dark waters of Kachemak Bay. The history of Homer is truly fascinating and there are so many facts about Homer to learn about during your visit. Whether you visit Homer (named after Homer Pennock, a gold miner in the 1890s) to hike, to kayak, to eat or to shop, there’s plenty to do in Homer!!!!
Arkansas has an interesting history. During the Civil War, the state fought on the Confederate side. However, in 1864 and 1865, the state had both Confederate and Union governments. A dispute over the governorship almost led to a civil war inside Arkansas in 1874. Arkansas gets its name from an Indian word meaning, "land of downstream people." One of the state's nicknames is the "Bear State" because Indians once hunted the brown bear in the state. The abbreviation for Arkansas is AR. Arkansas is known as "The Natural State" because of its landscape that includes forests, forested hills, mountains, lakes, streams, farms, valleys, and fertile plains. The Highlands region of Arkansas consists of the Ozark Plateau and Ouachita Mountains in the northern and western parts of the state. The southern and eastern regions are known as the Lowlands. The state has an abundance of wildlife. Arkansas offers a blend of historical and natural attractions, some of the fascinating places are mentioned below:
Alaska is the constituent state of the United States of America. It was admitted to the union as the 49th state on January 3, 1959. Alaska lies at the extreme northwest of the North American continent, and the Alaska Peninsula is the largest peninsula in the Western Hemisphere. Alaska has an immense area and a great variety of physical characteristics. Anchorage, Alaska's largest city is known as the "Air Crossroads of the World" because of its strategic location; it serves as a refueling base for flights between Asia and Europe and between the United States and Asia. Wild, unspoiled, faraway, mysterious Alaska fires up the imagination and brings out your spirit of adventure. It is now much easier to explore Alaska’s magnificent mountains, lodges, fjords, and glaciers and see whales, seals, grizzly bears, and other wild animals than it was even a few years ago. Some fascinating things to see at Alaska are:
Fort Smith, Arkansas is a city of convergence. Its first fort was built at Belle Point, where the Arkansas and Poteau rivers unite. At one time, Federal marshals used to ride out of the United States and into Indian Territory at this juncture. Outlaws collided with Federal Judge Parker. On the banks of Arkansas River, Fort Smith celebrates its Wild West history at museums like the National Historic Site, the homage to U.S. Deputy Marshall Bass Reeves with an impressive 25-foot-statue, through preservation of numerous historic homes and with annual festivals, such as its Old Fort Days Rodeo, held each spring. Downtown, Garrison Avenue is full of shopping, dining, arts, and nightlife and entertainment venues. The city has numerous motels and hotels that cater to every budget and lifestyle. Fort Smith, Arkansas bills itself as the place “where the new south meets the old west.” Located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border and near the junction of Interstates 40 and 540, Fort Smith, AR is five miles from Van Buren, 47 miles from Arkansas wine country, and 63 miles from Fayetteville. It is accessible to travelers, vacationers, business groups, and tour coaches. With a metropolitan area population of more than 225,000 people, Fort Smith is one of the largest cities in Arkansas.
Alaska’s second-largest city – Hub of the Interior, Gateway to the Bush, the Golden Heart City – call it what you will, Fairbanks is as diverse and distinct as any place in Alaska. At 65 degrees north latitude, the sky takes on a capricious life of its own—a canvas for the aurora borealis, the midnight sun and sunsets and sunrises that last forever. Here there are serious mountain ranges, pristine rivers and lakes, abundant wildlife and a certain poignant solitude that is found nowhere else on earth. Locals embrace the natural world and have created a vibrant river city in the far north. Where else can you travel to such a remote locale and still enjoy all the amenities of a charming downtown, a thriving arts community, rich Alaska Native culture, authentic Alaskan activities and attractions and endless opportunities for exploration? Fairbanks is one of Alaska’s best year-round destinations, and visitors will find plenty to do whether they come for the long, warm summer days or to watch spectacular northern lights displays color the night sky in winter. Some of the places to visit are listed below: