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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 [...]

Park Visitor from Colorado Finds 8.52-Carat White Diamond at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park on June 24

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Finder names the gem the Esperanza Diamond for her niece’s name and the Spanish word for “hope” An 8.52-carat white diamond was found Wednesday (June 24) by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park, according to park officials. Clear white and icicle shaped, this gem is the fifth largest diamond found by a par[...]

Branson's Best: Top Five Things to Do with Kids

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you love is always playing in Branson… that’s the promotional slogan on ExploreBranson.com, the official website for Branson tourism. Although it’s most likely referring to the many musical acts that play in this vacation Mecca, it could very well refer to your play-loving kids. With the many family-friendly entertainment options in Branson, your children c[...]

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[...]

Historical Gem: Subiaco Abbey and Academy

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Photo courtesy of Subiaco Abbey and Academy   unsuspecting traveler in Logan County might do a double take at the first sight of Subiaco Abbey and Academy. For a moment, that traveler might even think the road is leading to Paris, France, rather than Paris, Arkansas. Reachable by Arkansas Highways 22 and 197, the abbey sits on a hilltop overlook[...]

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: In Hot Water

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You can’t throw a rock — or quartz — in Hot Springs, Ark., without hitting something unusual. That’s what makes this city worth visiting again and again. By Stacey Bowers / Photography by Ashlee Nobel   best to go with the flow in the unorthodox town known for bathtub races, gangsters, the world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade — happening this[...]