Essential Arkansas Dishes

How do you eat like an Arkansawyer? Here’s how to dine like a local. What unique and delicious items does Arkansas bring to the table? Plenty. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert or even party time, these dishes bring a unique Natural State flavor to your fork. Breakfast Going back to our territorial days, Arkansas…

Joe David Rice: The Start of an Era

We said goodbye to Tourism Director Joe David Rice in December, but not before picking his brain about the hidden gems in the Natural State. When he first passed through the doors of the Tourism Department’s office back in the mid 1980s, not even Joe David Rice himself could have predicted the vital role he…

20 Best Museums

Winter is here, and now is the best time to take advantage of indoor activities offered at Arkansas’ many specialty museums. The Natural State has hundreds of museums that reflect its diverse offerings — from arts and culture, to history and military, to math and science to the whimsical, Arkansas has a museum to fit…

Buffalo Outdoor Center

By Mel White Mike Mills and his wife, Rhonda, live on the crest of a hilltop near the Newton County community of Ponca, where the view from their picture window surely must rank among the best in Arkansas. Their personal panorama takes in the Buffalo River’s legendary 500-foot-high Big Bluff and stretches eastward to mountains…

Vicky Williams: A Story of Survival

Vicky Williams fell in love with her best friend. They met in the sixth grade and began dating in high school. As an interracial couple in Texas during the late 1970s, their relationship had its obstacles. But according to Vicky, those obstacles only made their love grow.  By senior year, he had offers to play…

Texarkana’s Famous Phantom Killer, Part 2

In 1946, panic swept through Texarkana, on both sides of the Arkansas-Texas border. Over a period of three months, a man had murdered five people and wounded three others. In the first attacks, which targeted couples parked on lovers’ lanes, the female victims were sexually abused. The last known murder in the series occurred at…

Fort Smith Celebrates 200th Birthday

Jill Rohrbach, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Fort Smith has extra cause to celebrate on Christmas Day with the kickoff of its year-long bicentennial celebration. The initial event is set for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 25 at the Fort Smith National Historic Site, located at 301 Parker Ave. Re-enactors…