Posted on September 17, 2018
El Dorado, Arkansas
Nearest big city: Little Rock, AR
Nestled near the calm waters of the Ouachita River in the Timberlands region of South Arkansas, El Dorado has evolved from a humble oil town into an area rich in southern charm and history. If you travel downtown, you’ll stumble across Oil Heritage Park, which pays homage to the city’s boomtown history.
With the recent debut of its Murphy Arts District, El Dorado has provided its people with a creative outlet to explore music, dance, theater, and art in immersive ways that hold true to the culture of the city. Its festivals have also earned it a reputation as an entertainment capital for South Arkansas. Popular events include Showdown at Sunset, an annual historical re-enactment of the infamous Parnell-Tucker gunfight, and Mayhaw Festival which features live music, car shows, and Newton House Museum tours.