Category archives: Travel

Feature: Connecting Communities

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With its completion, northwest Arkansas’ Razorback Regional Greenway connects more than 100 miles of pedestrian and bike trails and links seven communities. Photographs courtesy of Northwest Arkansas Trails and Misty Murphy   the same time the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Ark., welcomed its first patrons, forward-thinkers in northwest Arkan[...]

Travel Arkansas: Splash into Summer

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From yachts to kayaks, johnboats to Jet Skis, you’ll find your kind of fun on Arkansas’ abundance of lakes and rivers. Photos courtesy of Fort Smith CVB, visit Hot springs and Rogers-Lowell CVB   in Arkansas means one thing: water. Well, OK, it also means heavenly peaches and not-so-heavenly heat, with a side of mosquitoes, a healthy dose of t[...]

Excursion: Cool on the North Side

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North Little Rock’s food and culture lift it out of the shadow of its neighbor south of the river. Photography by Sara Edwards Neal   upon a couple decades ago, it was possible to spend your entire life in Little Rock, Ark., and not know or care much about what went on across the river. Sure, you might occasionally trek to Verizon Arena — it was[...]

Final Thought

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is blessed with interesting places. Team Rhodes visited quite a few of them during a whirlwind spring break trip. In a five-day, four-night span, Julie, Abby and I learned some things about our state’s past, observed wildlife, dug for diamonds and beheld spectacular views. Our trip, which Julie dubbed an ARKcation, began roughly at the state’s center, ar[...]

Bridging the Arkansas River Trail

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There’s nothing quite like walking over an active, rushing body of water. from bird watchers to marathon trainers can enjoy the Arkansas River on one of  four pedestrian bridges. The bridges are part of the Arkansas River Trail, an 88-mile loop snakes across Arkansas—from Little Rock to Conway. The River Trail System connects six museums, 38 parks and mo[...]

Excursion: Beyond Bathhouses

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Longtime tourist destination Hot Springs, Ark., remains true to its roots, while several new businesses have opened, creating an exciting mix of new and old. Photography by Sara Edwards Neal   you’ve visited Hot Springs lately, you’ve likely noticed that the blending of old and new is evident just about everywhere you go. Downtown is home t[...]

Feature: From the Delta to the Hills

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Throughout the month of May, the Department of Arkansas Heritage, along with residents of Arkansas, will celebrate the natural and cultural beauty of our great state. Photography by Ashlee Nobel and courtesy of Department of Arkansas Heritage   Heritage Month is an annual celebration led by the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH) each May. Duri[...]

Excursion: Living Local

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Familiar names are being joined by new businesses in Conway, Ark., as merchants and restaurateurs cater to residents who no longer think it should be necessary to drive to Little Rock to find what they want. Photography by Sara Edwards Neal   Bell & Sward Gentlemen’s Clothier, at 1020 Oak St., started, basically, for want of a shirt. “There[...]

Branson Beckons

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Spring is a great time to visit Branson, Missouri. Photographs courtesy of the venues   big news from Branson is the Million Dollar Quartet, opening June 25 at the Welk Resort Theatre. This all-new production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show is based on the amazing true story of a night in 1956, when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee L[...]

Excursion: New, Old Southern Charm

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Twenty or so years ago, Wal-Mart vendors began opening sales offices in northwest Arkansas. The resulting influx of folks, primarily from urban areas, has created a population base that values a wide range of dining and shopping opportunities. A visit to a trio of towns in Benton County proves their new communities were happy to oblige. Photography by Sara [...]