We invite you to have “More Fun Per Gallon” in Arkansas this year. Each day we will be blogging on different
Arkansas destinations which can be reached on one tank of gas or less.
This is basically every corner of The Natural State. We hope these
suggestions help you in planning a trip to remember.
Today: I-30 from Hot Springs to
This weekend, Texarkana is
going to be in festival mode as the town is the starting line for the Bandit
Run, an annual re-enactment of the legendary drive featured in the 1977 Burt
Reynolds flick Smokey and the Bandit. More details can be found here. Bandit
Weekend kicks off this weekend and the start of the Bandit Run is on
Monday. For those who might want to make a venture to Texarkana sometime,
here are some quick pit stops to potentially check out.
Attractions: Check out the U.S.
Federal Building/Downtown Post Office – It’s the second more photographed
federal building in the U.S. (the first is the Supreme Court in D.C.). Stand in
two states at once and have your picture made.
Tour the Museum of Regional
History- This museum has a variety of historical collections covering the
history of the region from the time of the Caddo through the founding of
Texarkana and beyond. Located at 219 State Line Avenue.
Got kids? Stop by the
Discovery Place, a hands-on children’s museum. More details on both
museum times can be found here.
If you are still in museum
mode, you can head to the Four States Auto Museum at 217 Laurel Street. They
are open mainly on weekends but special tours can be arranged by calling 870-772-2886.
There is also a brand new
museum opening this Saturday ( May 12): the Lindsey Railroad Museum at
Broad and Wood Streets.
Look for: Scott Joplin mural:
this pays homage to master ragtime composer and Texarkana native Scott Joplin.
Joplin received a Pulitzer Prize (awarded after his death) for his work and is
probably best known for composing the popular Maple Leaf Rag.
Lunch options: Hopkins Ice
House on Third Street. They are celebrating their 3rd anniversary on Saturday
(May 12) and will have outdoor service and bands that day.
Or TLC Burgers, which has been
voted #1 burger in Texarkana for 6 years. Located on 201 E. Broad Street.
Or Twisted Vines Café (218
Broad St) French-inspired café inside Twisted Vines Floral Studio. Le
Cordon Bleu (Paris) trained chef. This café is open Tues-Friday 11-2 for now
but their times will be expanding in another month.
More lunch options can be found
Attractions: Ace of Clubs House
on 420 Pine Street.
This Victorian style house was
built in 1885 and has some neat history. It’s probably best known because of
the local legend of being built with the money won with the draw of a lucky
poker hand. The building features a floor plan (the only place in the world
with this plan) that is said to have been inspired by the lucky card of
mention- the ace of club.
Visit the Perot
Theatre ( not open on weekends). Located at 3rd and Main Street
This theater, which first
opened in 1924, is a landmark in town. Classic stars such as Will Rogers and
Annie Oakley performed here as well as other popular acts due to the town’s
prime location as a bustling railroad town.
Got kids? Check out the outdoor
Kidtopia Playground at Broad and Spruce. They have equipment in shapes of
Texarkana’s historic buildings including the Post Office, Ace of Clubs, and
Get a feel of the neighborhood
by exploring Quality Hill Historic District or enjoy the outdoors at
either Spring Lake Park or Bobby Ferguson Park.
Dinner: Zapata’s at
217 Walnut Street. More options can be found here.
If you might want to stay in town, lodging includes the new Regency Inn &
Suites on State Line just off the interstate. More options can be found