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Whitaker Pointnear Ponca
Wear layers, because youll soon warm up on a winter hike, bike ride or oat trip in Arkansas. Bring your sense of adventure and your camera to capture iconic images, such as the Arkansas Grand Canyon or Whitaker Point, from vistas and scenic over-looks offering views for miles. Come in from the cold for a warm meal or to tour museums, galleries and other local attractions. While theres much to keep you busy, winter is also a time of re ection, so slow down and enjoy the stillness of nature on a state park trail or from inside a cozy cabin. Many resorts and hotels offer special rates this time of year. Visit Arkansas.com for deals and coupons.
Some of the best views and values can be found in the wintertime in Arkansas. Mild temperatures make it possible to experience the outdoors year-round.
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A l l A b o a r dFor a unique tour of Northwest Arkansas, board the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad. The 12th Annual Childrens Christmas Train from Springdale to Johnson takes place December 5-23. Scenic winter excursions continue through the Boston Mountains and over the Arkansas River from Fort Smith to Winslow, January through March.
Scott FamilyAmazeum,BentonvilleWalton Arts Center,
Quapaw Baths & Spa, Hot Springs
1866 Crescent Hotel,Eureka Springs
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville
Terra Studios, Fayetteville
On a trip to Northwest Arkansas, spend time in Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville, home to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the new Amazeum, an interactive play place for little learners. In downtown Bentonville, stroll along the square and pop into the Walmart Museum. Within walking distance is the hip 21c Museum Hotel with ice-skating across the street at Lawrence Plaza through January 16. Fayetteville makes a great home base for the holidays with special performances at the Walton Arts Center and unique attractions across town, including Terra Studios, where the Original Bluebird of Happiness is made. Also in the Ozarks is the quaint mountain town of Eureka Springs, a favorite for shopping and dining in its historic downtown.
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C i t y S c e n e sA couple of cities that make for cool getaways are Hot Springs for its history, arts, culture and spas on Bathhouse Row, as well as racing and gaming at Oaklawn, and the states capital of Little Rock with many things to see and do, such as shopping at the new Outlets of Little Rock or touring the Museum of Discovery, Arkansas Arts Center or Clinton Presidential Center. An annual tradition, The Nutcracker presented by Ballet Arkansas takes place December 11-13 at the Maumelle High School Performing Arts Center.
Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock
Southland Park Gaming and Racing, West Memphis
Iron Mountain Bike Trail,Arkadelphia
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Stroll along the downtown city streets and discover great restaurants, shops, spas, museums, galleries, theaters, music venues and more. After a urry of activity, head back to your historic hotel or cabin in the woods where you can wake up to great hiking, biking, shing and oating right outside your doorstep. Some of the top picks for wintertrips are below. For more ideas, visit Arkansas.com.
Experience Arkansas during the most wonderful time of the year. The spirit of the season carries on long after the holidays.
Cabin at Mount Magazine State Park, Paris
Fine dining in Fine dining in Eureka SpringsEureka Springs
Winter is an excellent time to visit any of Arkansass 52 state parks for nature programs, including guided bald eagle tours and great hiking on more than 390 miles of trails. The annual First Day Hike takes place on January 1. Check ArkansasStateParks.com for a list of participating parks. For fun overnight stays, choose from campsites, cabins and yurts, as well as upscale accommodations at the ve Lodges of Arkansas State Parks at DeGray, Mount Magazine, Ozark Folk Center, Petit Jean and Queen Wilhelmina.
Wiederkehr Wine Cellars, Wiederkehr Village
King Biscuit Time,Helena-West Helena
Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, Dyess
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Toast to the New Year at any of the breweries, wineries and distilleries across the state. Located in Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas River Valley is Arkansas Wine Country, famous for generations of winemaking in and around Altus. Craft breweries continue to pop up with several locations in Little Rock, Hot Springs and Northwest Arkansas along the Fayetteville Ale Trail. Little Rocks Rock Town Distillery is the rst legal distillery of its kind in Arkansas since prohibition with award-winning grain-to-glass whiskey and other spirits.
Serious anglers know theres great fishing to be had in Arkansas in the winter, especially on the White River below Bull Shoals and Norfork dams, where brown trout make their spawning run, as well as on the Little Red and Arkansas rivers. Marinas are open year-round. Resorts and guide services are happy to take care of you on and off the water.
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D e lt a D i s c o v e r i e sHome to two National Scenic Byways the Great River Road and Crowleys Ridge Parkway a tour of the Arkansas Delta should include stops at Historic Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home; the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum in Piggott, where Ernest Hemingway wrote portions of A Fairwell to Arms; Southland Gaming and Racing in West Memphis; and the Delta Cultural Center in Helena-West Helena, where the longest running blues radio show, King Biscuit Time, is broadcast each day.
Winter ushers in a little chill and a lot of excitement in The Natural State, especially this year as we celebrate 20 years of the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights. From the week of Thanksgiving through the Christmas season and into New Year, more than 60 cities and towns in each region
of the state participate in the fun. In this guide, there is a list of activities in every stop on the trail, as well as travel ideas for
cozy places to stay and unique things to do.
In case you missed him last year, you can still meet Jingle, the of cial holiday hog, who will visit select places on the trail. Keep up with him and
other special appearances and events by liking us on Facebook at Facebook.com/ArkansasTrailofHolidayLights.
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Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs
Alma The Alma community presents a drive-through presen-tation featuring over 40,000 lights at the Alma City Water Park Novem-ber 27 through December 31. The park will open at 5 p.m. and close at 10 p.m. each evening. Free to the public, donations are appreciated and will be given to feed the hungry through the Alma Community Outreach Center. For more information, contact Bo Harvey at 479-670-2931 or visit the Holiday Lights page at AlmaChamber.com.
Altus Over 100,000 lights will illuminate the downtown business district and city park for the holidays. The Altus Christmas Parade will be held December 13 at 2 p.m. with Santa on-hand to visit with children in the park gazebo following the parade. For more information or to register to participate, call Trish Salazar at 479-468-4191 or email [email protected]
Bentonville This vibrant city transforms into a Winter Market featuring unique holiday gifts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 21 in the Bentonville Town Square. The lighting of the square follows the market at 6 p.m. One of the largest daytime parades in the state, the Bentonville Holiday Parade takes place downtown on Saturday, December 12 at 11 a.m. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride on the square on Saturdays and Sundays during December. Dont miss ice skating at Lawrence Plaza, November 21-January 16. For more information, contact Courtney Vaughn at 800-410-2535 or go to VisitBentonville.com.
Berryville The annual Berryville Christmas parade is December 5 at 6:30 p.m. Weather reschedule dates are December 7 and December 12. The theme for this year is I am Dreaming of a Green Christmas, emphasizing the use of recycled materials in the design of the entries. There is no charge to enter the parade, and cash prizes will be awarded in seven categories. For more information, call Deneen Foster at 870-423-3139.
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dazzling lights displays await you and your
family in cities and towns throughout the
region. A popular vacation destination
year-round, the Ozarks are even more
magical at Christmastime.
Clarksville Get your holiday shopping done early. Local merchants host an open house November 21-22, the weekend before Thanksgiving, and an early bird sale on November 27. Join the holiday fun at Light Up the Square on December 5 at 5 p.m., followed by the Christmas parade at 6 p.m. For more information, call
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