Breathing Room: 6 Amazing Sights That Will Take Your Breath Away on an Arkansas Vacation

Breathing Room:  6 Amazing Sights That Will Take Your Breath Away on an Arkansas Vacation

One of the freedoms of homeschooling is our ability to travel more often. Family trips we once dreamed about are now a reality. We have begun making a list of places we want to visit in 2018, and a trip to visit friends in Arkansas is at the very top of that list.

As a homeschool family, we plan our trips so that every day is a learning experience. North Little Rock shares a river with its more famous neighbor, Little Rock, Arkansas. But, it has much to offer on your trip to the center of this Southern State. I can’t wait to explore some of the beautiful sites and museums with my kids.

My research has shown me Arkansas keeps a low profile. But, you will find breathing room there. An early spring, late fall, or winter trip will avoid its hot and humid summers because there are amazing sights and adventures to do outdoors.

Crystal Bridges:
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art--2012-04-12 This extraordinary museum demonstrates what Wal-Mart family money can buy. Its stunning building disappears into the mountain greenery while visitors tour its unprecedented collection of American art since colonial times.

Pinnacle Mountain:
02 Pinnacle Mountain Fall and spring colors make Pinnacle Mountain a must-see adventure. The park spreads over 2,350 acres west of Little Rock and contains the 71-acre Arkansas Arboretum. You can’t set up camp here, but you can hike and participate in the park’s educational focus.

William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum: The contemporary center of the institution cantilevers like a bridge across the Arkansas River. Well-received and well-attended, the library and museum engage tourists’ attention and interest for longer stays than they planned.

The Old Mill: At T.R. Pugh Memorial Park, you’ll find the picturesque Old Mill. The mill is a reproduction of an original grist mill, and it appeared in the opening of Gone with the Wind. The area has sculptures of toadstools, tree stumps, and a rustic bridge connecting the mill to the rest of the park.

River Market: This bustling center sits near the Riverfront Park and offers food, music, bars, and shopping. River Market “stands as the unofficial cultural center of Little Rock.”

McCain Mall®: If you reserve a room at Courtyard Little Rock North, you will be a short hop from this area’s super mall. Anchored by Dillards, JC Penny, and Sears, it offers 80 well-known specialty shops, a collection of reliable eateries, and a multi-screen theatre. Yes, even shopping can be an educational experience!

Lots more, too!

If staying at Courtyard Little Rock North, you can start and end your day with a Bistro breakfast or nightcap. But, in between, you can hit the Arkansas Art Center, the Museum of Discovery, or tour the stately Arkansas Capitol.

You can stay nearby, and still visit The H.U. Lee International Gate & Garden, a South Korean gate and garden with a fountain and reflective pool dedicated to a master of Songham Taekwondo.

There’s also The Bernice Garden filled with mosaics, rock formations, and art installations add to the multi-staged development plan for the space. The garden’s infrastructure depends on recycled, reclaimed, and local materials.

Or, the Wildwood Park for the Arts mixes art and nature. What it does is bring the 625-seat Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre to Little Rock’s 105-acre Chenal Valley.

Breathing Room

Arkansas invites people to their great outdoors. The world there wants you to have breathing room, wide open, mountainous, and colorful. There are rivers, lakes, and adventures in the Ozarks. But, what might catch you off-guard are the amazing sights that will take your breath away, indoors and out, on an Arkansas vacation. I can’t wait for our Arkansas vacation to begin!

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Jenn is from Upstate, SC, and loves that she gets to work from home to be with her two little girls. Jenn has been happily married to her very own Superman, Ben, for over a decade, and spends her time reading, writing short stories, doing freelance work and blogging, crafting, riding motorcycles, watching Clemson football, and enjoying life with her family.

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