Category archives: Travel

Public is Invited to Watch Embee Diamonds’ Mike Botha cut the 8.52-Carat “Esperanza” Diamond at Stanley Jewelers Gemologist in North Little Rock September 9-12

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Stanley Jewelers Gemologist Will Partner With Canada’s Embee Diamonds to Offer the Public This Rare Opportunity to Watch the Transformation of This American Gem From Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park (NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.)—Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro offers a unique experience for visitors—the opportunity to sear[...]

Lake Ouachita State Park Celebrates 60 Years

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Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism This year marks the 60th anniversary of Lake Ouachita State Park in Mountain Pine. “The idea of celebrating the 60 years is really to attract attention to all three of the parks that were brought on at the same time, Daisy, Bull Shoals and Ouachita,” said Lee Howard, park superinte[...]

September's Top 10 Things to Do

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1. ‘Amadeus’ Fayetteville Through Sept. 20: The Studio Theater of Walton Arts Center is the site of this presentation of the five-time, Tony-award winning play “Amadeus,” which was adapted into an Oscar-award winning film. Watch the drama as composer Antonio Salieri schemes to discredit the foul-mouthed, former child prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. “Ama[...]

Travel Arkansas: Falling for Cabins

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Planning a girlfriends’ getaway this autumn? We have a few suggestions for those who love “rough it” and for those who like to glam it up. Photography courtesy of the venues   may be no better way to enjoy fall in Arkansas than with a weekend cabin getaway. No one wants to be inside in the fall; the leaves are changing color, the air is slightly coo[...]

Final Thought

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If you've kept up with my musings in this space, you might have concluded that I’m a history buff. You’d be right.     just something about antiquity that excites me — for as far back as I can remember, even before I could read. In 1957, when I was 4, my mother bought a set of encyclopedias. They opened a whole new realm of imagination for me[...]

Southwest Arkansas Home to Diamonds and More

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Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism News of a recent record diamond find in Southwest Arkansas at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro has been making national and international headlines. The diamond, an 8.52-carat white diamond, was the fifth largest diamond found by a park visitor since the state park opened[...]

Paddling the Arkansas Water Trails

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By Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Arkansas has an abundance of waterways for paddlers to explore. The Arkansas Water Trails project, created in 2009, is at the forefront of developing a system of mapped water trails throughout the state. A goal of the project, initiated by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, is to[...]

Love of Nature Leads to Arkansas Journey

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Pair visits all 52 state parks Leah DiPietro, communications manager Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism When it comes to the great outdoors, Arkansas offers a variety of pleasures: from hiking and canoeing to birding and mountain biking. For long-time friends Dell Tyson and Anita Young, the state has been the perfect spot to immerse themselv[...]

Barkansas Photo Contest Begins August 3, 2015: Enter a Shot of Your Pup in The Natural State!

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Arkansas loves dogs and dogs love Arkansas. In fact, The Natural State is the number one state for dog ownership in the U.S., according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. That’s why the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has launched “Barkansas,” an online photo contest for residents and visitors alike to share photos of their dogs having [...]