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Old 08-27-2003, 04:33 PM   #1
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Little Rock, AR - Whats to do there?

We are planning to spend a day in Little Rock to break up a trip to Memphis. What should we be sure not to miss? A place to eat, something to see or do.
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Old 08-27-2003, 04:34 PM   #2
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Old 08-27-2003, 04:40 PM   #3
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I've traveled that area for 30 years and I can't even think of a gas station I'd visit twice. There are many places in Ark. I could recommend, depending upon what you like to see and do, but I don't know of anything in Little Rock. A place that size must have someplace good to eat, though. Perhaps someone with more knowledge will help.

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Can't help you

To me, Little Rock is a place to stay away from and, if I can't stay away, to get by as quick and painlessly as possible. It usually works out that I stop a little short of LR and have to go through at morning rush hour. The rush traffic coming in from the south is horrific. Fortunately, in a few weeks, I will be going through on a Sunday morning which shouldn't be bad.

Be aware that the truck traffic on the interstate between LR and Memphis is terrible. Lots of trucks at way above the speed limits. A good friend almost lost his life there. I avoid that streatch whenever possible.
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Old 08-27-2003, 06:23 PM   #5
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Canít say that I know of anything in Little Rock but if you want to take an extra day or two I recommend that you visit Eureka Springs! It's a very old town and lots of things to do & see. I think your only about 50 miles south of Branson as well.

In Eureka Springs there is a very large outdoor drama based on the last two weeks of the life of Christ. It's awesome to see I highly recommend it if you have the time.
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As bumpy as I-10 is, I would sure take I-10 and I-55 to Memphis from Houston in preference to I-45, I-30, and I-40. Shorter and avoids the nasty I-40 traffic between Little Rock and Memphis.
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Old 08-27-2003, 08:02 PM   #7
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What to do in Little Rock...There are the normal casual dining places, Tia's texmex, Cozy Mels more seafood texmex, Tony Romas, etc. Most of the good ones are on the west side of town off Markem ST. There are some good places more trendy to eat on the River Front Market area too. That is just N. of the I30 bridge. I wouldn't take any kind of MH or TT down there though.

Here are more attactions than I could list...URL=http://arkansas.com/]State Website[/URL]

Beware I40 and I30 are undergoing major repair each way out of Little Rock. DO NOT come through I40 Conway-Little Rock anytime near rush/crawl hours. I40 is one of the worst roads I've ever been on except for down in Mexico. I have seen three different 18 wheeler trailers with a broken backs between Conway and Memphis.

If you travel on down to Hot Springs, AR. There are more visitor attactions to see. Hwy 7 from there up to the Buffalo River area is a beautiful but narrow winding drive. Eureka Springs is up that way too.
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I must agree with all of the comments about Little Rock.
It's about as bad a spot as you can get. Hot Springs is
pretty close by. If there was a way you could stop there instead
I would definately do it. Bathhouse Row is really amazing. There are several very good restaurants in the area. I'd try to stop there. I think its about 1 hr.

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If you just want to knock around in that general direction, Hot Springs has a lot of attractions. Queen Wilhelmina, Mt. Magazine, and Petite Jean Mountain state parks are all gems. You can dig for diamonds in the only diamond mine in the United States at Crater of Diamonds state park. Washington, Ark. is a unique little town. Eureka Springs is probably a bit out of your way, but good for an entertaining day. If you enjoy hiking, Ark. has some of the best in the country - no exageration. I particularly enjoy the Buffalo river but that is because I am more familiar with it.

Ark. is arguably the most underappreciated vacation destination in the US. That may be because it is so unbearable during prime vacation months. However, my camping season is just starting, and we will spend a lot of it in north and north central Ark.

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Maybe if you're a big "Slick Willie" (Bill Clinton) fan you could check out his library on the banks of the Arkansas River. Maybe it is done by now? Other than that I would probably pass on Little Rock. Hot Springs is worth seeing, pretty much all the country from there on up to Missouri is the best Arkansas has to offer. The Ozarks can't be beat, Eureka Springs, Newton County, Scenic Hwy 7, The Upper Buffalo National River, spent most of my childhood chasing around those hills, hunting, drinking, smoking, etc., many fond memories!!

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A great place to stay is Maumelle Park. It's a Corps of Engineers park on the Arkansas River. You will need reservations 501-868-7453. Reasonably close to the park location are two good resturants, Cothams and Capers. Capers is on the upper cost scale and Cothams is in the middle. Here is a good resource for construction on I-40, http://www.arkansasinterstates.com. Sights to see are varied and this URL is a good resource http://www.littlerock.com
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Wow! We changed our plans and now we are going thru Vicksburg, MS then up to Memphis to avoid Little Rock. I really appreciate the heads up info.
Any additional comments on I 20 to I 55 to Memphis would be appreciated.
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Vicksburg

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Wow! We changed our plans and now we are going thru Vicksburg, MS then up to Memphis to avoid Little Rock. I really appreciate the heads up info.
Any additional comments on I 20 to I 55 to Memphis would be appreciated.
I really enjoy Vicksburg. I even towed my trailer around the battlefield the first time I went through there. You can stay at the RV park at the casino by the river.

I-10 has some pretty bumpy stretches, butunless you hit Baton Rouge at rush hour, there should be no traffic problems. I really like the stretches through the swamps on I-10. Lots of good Cajun food, also.

Since you are going through Vicksburg, you could take the Natchez Trace from Natchez about halfway up to Vicksburg. I have driven the Trace several times and really enjoy it. I always get great mileage on there because of the speed limit and no traffic. Natchez is well worth a visit.
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Vicksburg is a good stop, but I'm like Pahaska, I'd come up through Natchez (What is that unfinished plantation home there, Longwood? Something like that. Well worth the visit. Also the Natchez indian mounds and museum. Also the old quarter of the city.) and either take the river road up to Vicksburg, or the Natchez trace up to where ever it is convenient for you.

Do not miss the reconstructed gunboat at the Vicksburg battlefield.

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