Category archives: Travel

A Bright Holiday Season

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Kimberly J. Williams, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism For me, the holiday season means many things. But the thing I hold dearest in my heart... the thing I've been doing since I was a wee lass (yes, my grandfather's family was Irish!)... is gazing adoringly at holiday lights! It's a tradition my parents started with me before I cou[...]

Umpteen Holiday Rides

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Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Your holidays just got way more awesome. Melanie Norris and her husband Paul have put together a statewide (and southern Missouri) mountain biking event to help celebrate the season. The free event is called Umpteen Rides and features volunteer guided, self supported mountain bike and gra[...]

The Great Arkansas Travelers Scavenger Hunt

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Katherine Stewart, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism For baseball fans, the winter months can feel like one long, scoreless inning spent yearning for the sights, sounds and excitement of your favorite sport. But the Arkansas Travelers have devised a fun new way to stay involved with the team during the off-season in the form of a gia[...]

Our Publisher’s Picks for Your Weekend Christmas Getaway in Branson

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Everyone has to get away sometime, especially during the holiday season. AY Publisher Heather Baker recently visited Branson, Missouri for a quick vacation. Read on for her picks on where to stay, what to do and how to have a great time in Branson. If you visit the Silver Dollar City theme park for rides and attractions, be sure to stay at the Wildern[...]

Holiday Lights Return to Garvan Woodland Gardens

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Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Taking in the beauty of Holiday Lights is a tradition for many in the state. During this annual event, around 4.5 million bulbs transform Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs into a whimsical holiday display.  The event takes place Nov. 18 - Dec. 31 this year. "Holiday Lights is an o[...]

Experience the Magic of the Holidays in Arkansas

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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism The Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights returns for its 22nd year with a statewide celebration of the holiday season featuring parades, lighting ceremonies, open houses, Santa visits, concerts and performances, live nativities, illuminated displays and more. The Trail of Holiday Lights brochure is your passport to [...]

Arvest Bank, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Expand Offering of Specialty Debit Cards

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Eleven cards feature popular destinations across The Natural State Submitted by Arvest Bank LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arvest Bank and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism are expanding the series of specialty debit cards that feature some of the state’s most scenic and popular attractions for Arkansans and tourists. Three new specialty cards showcas[...]

Rabbit Tail Water Trail on Lake Ouachita

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Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism The 8.5 mile Rabbit Tail Water Trail is a new water trail available for paddlers to experience on the north shore of Lake Ouachita. The newly opened route is part of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's (AGFC) Arkansas Water Trail program and is the first virtual water trail in the mix[...]

Culinary "Road Trip" Includes Stop in Arkansas

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Katherine Stewart, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism A new cookbook highlights American cuisine in a novel way: by dipping a spoon into the foodways of all fifty states. America: The Cookbook is an encyclopedic journey that explores the nation's main arteries — fried chicken, apple pie — and back roads (mashed wild wapato or ackee di[...]