One Tank Travels: Texarkana


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 Texarkana

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 here.

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 Perot Theatre.

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