One Tank Travels: Batesville

We invite you to have “More Fun Per Gallon”  in Arkansas this year. Each day we will be blogging on different Arkansas destinations that 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’s Trip: Batesville

 Batesville, located along the White River, is one of Arkansas’s oldest towns, dating back to 1804 when it was called “Poke Bayou.”

Learn more about Batesville and region with a visit to the Old Independence Regional Museum. The museum interprets and preserves the history of 12 counties in northeastern Arkansas, parts of which comprised Independence County when it was established in 1820. When you arrive at the Old Independence Regional Museum, the artifacts and exhibits aren’t the only historical items you’ll see. The building that houses the museum is historical as well. Built in 1936, the native stone building was a Works Progress Administration project and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is a part of Batesville’s Historic Commercial District, so take a stroll through the area and check out the architecture.

Rev up for a journey through the life and career of a NASCAR legend, Arkansas’s own Mark Martin! The Mark Martin Museum is a state-of-the-art facility featuring several of Martin’s race-winning cars, trophies, racing suits and helmets, personal memorabilia, a video that details Martin’s award-winning career and a museum store offering authentic Mark Martin merchandise. The Mark Martin Museum is a MUST for racing fans, but the high-tech exhibits and videos will fascinate even those who’ve never seen a race. It’s a great museum that highlights the historic rise of one of The Natural State’s most well known natives.

Check out the latest exhibit at the Kresge Gallery on the campus of Lyon College. The gallery hosts exhibitions throughout the year, including student shows and traveling exhibits.

And no trip is complete without experience the community’s food! Check out Elizabeth’s Restaurant and Catering. You’ll find it easily…you’ll smell their famous homemade yeast rows two blocks away! My personal suggestion is their chicken salad. Delicious! They have daily lunch specials and are also open for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  Josie’s Steakhouse is another of my favorites in Batesville. You can’t go wrong with their steaks. The burgers at Josie’s are made of in-house, fresh-ground Certified Angus Beef. Many (myself included!) consider Arkansas Tourism’s Communications Manager, Kat Robinson, to be the Arkansas pie maven! Kat says you absolutely canNOT leave Batesville without a piece of peanut butter meringue pie from the South End Grill. I think the photo of it speaks for itself. Wow…that looks TASTY!

A mere 40 miles away, you’ll find Mountain View. If you’re up for a little more driving, it’s definitely worth a visit. Check out my buddy Jill Rohrbach’s One Tank Travel blog for Mountain View here.

So fill your tank, grab the family and head to Batesville for the day, the weekend or the entire week! Safe travels!

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