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Travel Win and Travel Fail of the Week

Travel Win and Travel Fail of the Week Aug 16th, 2013 at 3:30PM: Travel Win: Arkansas and Michael Dettlaff Dettlaff, a 12-year old boy who was vacationing in Arkansas with his family, found a 5-carat diamond while exploring Crater of Diamonds State Park. Actually, it was 5.16-carats, if you want to get technical. What does that mean? Mining.com estimates this diamond could be worth $12,000 to $15,000, and the park allows visitors to keep whatever...

Presidential Road Trips You Can Take This Weekend

Presidential Road Trips You Can Take This Weekend Oct 19th, 2012 at 5:00PM: Road trips taken over the weekend can get us away from our normal routine and surroundings without a lot of planning or cost involved. Some people would like to get away from election season ads on television, websites, newspapers and magazines. Others are really into the process of selecting the next president of the United States and look for ways to feed their addiction. Here are some easy...

Whatever Happened To The Lake Conway Monster?

Whatever Happened To The Lake Conway Monster? Sep 11th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Could a reservoir in Arkansas be the favorite watering hole of a southern Bigfoot? Maybe it once was, but it doesn't seem to be anymore. When I was a kid in the 1970s, I loved tramping through the woods, and so of course I loved hearing about monsters lurking in the woods. I vaguely remember a rash of sightings of a big, hairy monster in the woods of Arkansas. It had several names, the most...

Civil War Battle of Pea Ridge to be reenacted

Civil War Battle of Pea Ridge to be reenacted Feb 23rd, 2012 at 9:00AM: One of the most important Civil War battles west of the Mississippi is going to be reenacted next month. The Battle of Pea Ridge was fought from March 6-8, 1862, in northwestern Arkansas. In the first year of the war, Union forces had pushed most rebel forces out of Missouri. Now they moved into Arkansas and slammed right into a Confederate army on its way north to try to regain their losses....

Oklahoma's largest Civil War battlefield may become National Park

Oklahoma's largest Civil War battlefield may become National Park Nov 7th, 2011 at 2:30PM: The Honey Springs Battlefield Park in Oklahoma may become a new addition to the National Park Service, the Tulsa World reports. The U.S. Department of the Interior said in a report that there's "potential action" for "support designation of Honey Springs as a National Battlefield Park." Now Oklahoma history buffs are scratching their heads over just what that means. The Tulsa World couldn't...

Gawker's Worst 50 States

Gawker's Worst 50 States Aug 25th, 2011 at 11:30AM: I've been following Gawker's newest series, The Worst 50 States. I've been enjoying following this series. In an effort to pin down not only the best states in the US of A, but, more importantly, the worst states, Gawker compiled a Gawker-invented rating system in order to rank our fair fifty. Granted, this rating system consists solely of the viewpoints of those on staff for Gawker, so the...

Johnny Cash childhood home to become a museum

Johnny Cash childhood home to become a museum Apr 25th, 2011 at 8:30AM: Johnny Cash is a music legend, and now his boyhood home in the otherwise obscure town of Dyess in northeastern Arkansas is being turned into a museum. Funds from the Johnny Cash Music Festival on August 4 will go towards renovating the home and creating the museum. Family members will be among those performing, as well as George Jones and Kris Kristofferson. Locals are also raising funds with...

A travel guide to the 2011 Oscar movies

A travel guide to the 2011 Oscar movies Feb 2nd, 2011 at 4:00PM: The 83rd annual Academy Awards are coming up in a few weeks and the Oscars race is on. This year's nominations contained few surprises, with many nods for Brit period piece The King's Speech, Facebook biopic The Social Network, and headtrip Inception. While 2010's ultimate travel blockbuster Eat, Pray, Love failed to made the cut, there's still plenty to inspire wanderlust among the Best Picture...

Five states where you're most likely to hit a deer this fall

Five states where you're most likely to hit a deer this fall Oct 4th, 2010 at 3:30PM: Leaf-peepers are about to hit the road in force – as they always do this time of year. While soaking in the burning foliage colors with your eyes, it's only too easy to forget you're behind the wheel, a situation that can lead to disastrous consequences. There are some states where beautiful foliage and deer prancing on the streets just seem to go together, according to a study by insurance...

Pico Iyer: The surprising charms of Little Rock, AR

Pico Iyer: The surprising charms of Little Rock, AR Sep 30th, 2010 at 3:34PM: Who'd have thought that Little Rock, Arkansas, would prove so diverting? Paris, Rio, Kyoto: We know pretty well what we're going to encounter (or at least to savor) as soon as we set foot in any of those cities; part of their gift, polished over centuries, is for knowing how to play themselves to perfection and how to give every visitor just what she wants and expects. Such places are the...

Visitor passes out in noose at Kansas museum

Visitor passes out in noose at Kansas museum Sep 24th, 2010 at 1:00PM: There's one tourist who's name the police doesn't want you to know. The 69-year-old visitor to the Boot Hill Museum, a Wild West-themed attraction in Kansas, wanted to get a taste of old fashioned justice, and it didn't work out well. The Arkansas resident slipped his head into a noose on display in the museum and eventually passed out. He was extricated by the museum director and two of his...

16 great farmers' markets

16 great farmers' markets Apr 15th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Farmers' markets are not only a great way to sample a community's natural bounty, they're also a unique setting to experience its culture. While each farmers' market is different, a really good farmers' market brings a sense of community to the cities and municipalities where they operate. Wondering where you can experience some of the freshest produce, tastiest snacks and friendliest people...

Four forgotten Civil War battlefields

Four forgotten Civil War battlefields Nov 19th, 2009 at 10:30AM: Civil War battlefields are some of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S. The most famous battlefields, such as Gettysburg and Shiloh, attract hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. But there are many other battlefields that are just as interesting but little-known outside their local area. Here are four that any history buff will enjoy. You'll notice all of them are west of the...

Budget Summer Vacation from Little Rock, Arkansas: Conway, hometown of American Idol Kris Allen

Budget Summer Vacation from Little Rock, Arkansas: Conway, hometown of American Idol Kris Allen May 23rd, 2009 at 11:00AM: When David Cook won American Idol last year, I was curious about what there was to do in his hometown, Blue Springs Missouri. David Archuleta's hometown, Murray City, Utah also caught my interest. Both hometowns looked not much more than shopping malls and high school football fields when shown on TV. Kris Allen's hometown, Conway, Arkansas, however, seems to be a perfect budget travel vacation...

Booger Mountain and Booger Hollow: What's with the boogers?

Booger Mountain and Booger Hollow: What's with the boogers? Jan 24th, 2009 at 12:00PM: While looking for funny names of towns, I came across Booger Mountain and Booger Hollow. Intrigued I dug further to find out where these names came from and more about these places in the United States. Booger Mountain is a place in North Carolina known for its Christmas trees. As a marketing campaign, the area uses the motto, "Always Pick a Booger." Don Burleson, who pens the blog, "Don...

Find an alternative to a hotel room

Find an alternative to a hotel room Jan 5th, 2009 at 3:00PM: You can find a warm bed ... and four normal walls ... in just about any hotel room. So, if you're looking to defy convention every step of the way, opt for a yurt, treehouse or prison, instead. Unusual Hotels of the World (the name explains everything) says that you can crash in an igloo anywhere from Finland to Quebec, but be sure to bring a coat. Or, you can climb into bed after climbing into a...

Mystic Caverns for sale on eBay

Mystic Caverns for sale on eBay Nov 17th, 2008 at 1:30PM: Looking to invest in some real estate while interest rates are low? How about your own cave? Steve Rush, owner of Mystic Caverns in northern Arkansas, is looking to unload this tourist attraction. He's put the set of two caves, which draw approximately 15,000 visitors per year, up for sale on eBay. He's asking just shy of $900,000 for what he calls a business investment. Rush has been hosting...

The spread of Wal-Marts over time

The spread of Wal-Marts over time Mar 25th, 2008 at 9:40AM: For those of you that aren't from the United States, and haven't had a chance to visit yet, it might be hard to visualize just how many Wal-Marts we have. In 2005, there were roughly 3,800 stores in the United States, which honestly doesn't sound like a lot until you realize just how big the stores are. To put it into a better prospective, the company employs roughly 1.9-million people -- enough...

Geraldi's of Eureka Springs

Geraldi's of Eureka Springs Aug 1st, 2006 at 7:42PM: Did I forget to mention an essential part of my day trip to Eureka Springs - of course not! I knew if I got started talking about food anywhere in the previous piece we wouldn't have gotten any further so I saved for a plug of its own. Before we boarded our trolley we figured it'd be a good idea to fuel up and word on the town was Geraldi's was yummy and cheap. No questions asked - we headed right...

Exploring the Ozarks - Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Exploring the Ozarks - Eureka Springs, Arkansas Aug 1st, 2006 at 6:30PM: Making the time to write this piece on Eureka Springs has been no easy task. I've been trying to get it off my plate since June 6th - a few days after hanging around the Arkansas town located in the Ozarks, but never got a chance until now. Tanya, one of the walkers on the tour, had proclaimed herself the Ambassador of Fun for the day and I decided to roll with a few others in the group to get in...

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