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Anniversary Package

Remember when you were first married and hopelessly in love with one another? Rekindle that romance by celebrating a special anniversary together in the Lodge at Queen Wilhelmina State Park, 3877 Highway 88 West, Mena, AR. This park is located in scenic western AR near the Oklahoma border.

Priced from $143 to $193, this romance package features a one-night lodge stay: an anniversary cake for two; non-alcoholic wine; souvenir glasses; and a flower bouquet in your room.  
Contact 479-394-2863. Or, visit www.QueenWilhelmina.com.

Quaint Calico

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If you're headed to Arkansas, consider a stop in Calico Rock. The town's Main Street is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The big draw? Quaint shops and unusual limestone buildings line the historic street. The White River offers exceptional trout fishing. Visit www.calicorock.com.

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Little Rock: Arts, History, Civil Rights and More!

Situated along the Arkansas River, Little Rock, AR, delivers eclectic tourism fun. This year the city commemorates the 50th anniversary of its role in Civil Rights history. Also for history buffs, the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library and Museum and the Douglas MacArthur Museum await. Freelance writer Marcia Levin looks at the draws of this capital city -- from art and architecture to dining and the Peabody ducks.
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The Wonders of Petit St. Jean State Park

If you're seeking a day excursion or multi-day getaway to immerse yourself in nature, consider Petit St. Jean State Park near Morrilton, AR. From cascading waterfalls to native American cave paintings, from spectacular scenic overlooks to free interpretive programs, the park draws visitors with a host of diversions. Other options are hiking, fishing, paddle boats and swimming.

Interested in staying overnight? No problem. The park boasts a massive stone lodge with comfortable rooms. Or, you might choose a cabin in the woods. Most accommodations boast fireplaces, and some feature full kitchens, satellite TV, and some even hot tubs.

Freelance writer Holli Haynie delves into the park's history and natural attributes. So come take a walk on the natural side at Petit St. Jean

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Exploring the Path of a President

More than 400,000 people toured the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, Little Rock's newest major tourism attraction during its first year of operations in 2005. Attendance is still brisk. The Clinton Library is the latest in a series of Presidential libraries -- 12 in all -- that showcase our nation's chief executives. These libraries -- including George H.W. Bush's in College Station, TX, and Jimmy Carter's in Atlanta, GA -- focus on both political and personal achievements. The libraries display artifacts, papers and videos.

Clinton's library boasts a full-scale replica of the White House's Oval Office. So you too can imagine being President.
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The Marshals Are Coming to Fort Smith
No, it's not an insurrection. But yes, the marshals are coming to Fort Smith. Truth be told, it's a good thing.

In early January, the U.S. Marshals Service said it had chosen Fort Smith, AR, for the agency's new museum, beating out Staunton, VA, another finalist.

What will the new museum contain? When will it open? What's the scoop?
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Tenant Farmer Museum Details History in Tyronza
Tenant farming and sharecropping evolved in Arkansas following the Civil War and reconstruction. With the end of slavery, landowners needed a new form of labor. They took advantage of newly freed slaves and others living in poverty.

Offers that sounded too good to be true often were. Many farmers toiled long hours only to have their lands taken away. Finally in 1934, a group of laborers -- black and white, men and women -- formed the Southern Tenant Farmers union.

Slowly, conditions improved. To recognize the contributions of the union and tenant farmers at large, a new Southern Tenant Farmers Museum opened in late 2006 in Tyronza. Let's take a look...
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