Sunday, March 13, 2016

Spring Break On 71 - The Link Page!

Hunter and I took an epic road trip along US Highway 71.  We started one Sunday at the Louisiana border and finished the next Sunday at the Missouri line.  Along the way we stayed at cool places, ate when we felt like it and visited all sorts of attractions and people.

This is our second spring break trip exploring an Arkansas highway.  It was phenomenal. We're glad to be able to share it with you.

This page contains the itinerary and the relevant links.

We started here
Then went looking for the Fouke Monster and found the Fouke Monster Mart
Had burgers at Allen's Burger Center in Fouke
Spent the afternoon at the Four States Auto Museum
Dinner that night, we realized El Chico's Arkansas connection
Our overnight accommodations in Texarkana at the Hampton Inn, room 400

We checked out Elve's Peanut Patties
then visited the Arkansas Welcome Center at Red River
and downtown Ashdown
and stopped in at Karen's Krystals in Lockesburg
We had lunch at Cypress Restaurant (or the Five Percent) in De Queen
visited Cossatot River State Park Natural Area near Wickes
and stayed overnight at Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge

We explored the Scott Theater in Waldron
and had fried pies at The Rock Cafe
then we drove to Chaffee Crossing to experience the Chaffee Barbershop Museum
and the Enchanted Doll Museum
and stayed the night at the Fort Smith Hampton Inn

We visited the Fort Smith National Historic Site
explored the Fort Smith Museum of History
and visited Miss Laura's Visitors Center
From there, we went to Van Buren and checked in at the depot
and found out that L. H. Brandenberg Bookseller is under renovation
but there were pastries to be absconded with from Paul's Bakery
and chocolates at Kopper Kettle Candies to enjoy
and we spent the night at Lake Fort Smith State Park in a lovely cabin.

We visited Artists Point along the Boston Mountain Loop
and had lunch at Grandma's House Cafe
before heading over to Terra Studios.
That afternoon, we time traveled to the 80s with a visit to Arcadia Retrocade
dined at Wood Stone Craft Pizza
and overnighted in room 1412 at the Chancellor Hotel

After an early lunch at Hammontree's Grilled Cheese
we visited the Clinton House Museum
then picked up jam at House of Webster
and checked out the Daisy Airgun Museum
before staying overnight in room 931 at the Northwest Arkansas Embassy Suites

A lot was going on at Hobbs State Park Conservation Area
but nothing was going on at War Eagle Mill
We had lunch at Tony C's
and went antiquing at some of Rogers' excellent antique malls and flea markets
That afternoon, we explored the Walmart Museum
and had dinner at The Hive at 21c Museum Hotel
before retiring to room 200 at Simmons Suites

We headed north to Bella Vista and took a photo at the Missouri state line
before visiting the Mildred B. Cooper Chapel
and dropping by the Arkansas Welcome Center at Bella Vista
Then we hung out at the Scott Family Amazeum that afternoon
and visited Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, where Hunter got to see the entire trip play out as part of the Open Road exhibit.

We overnighted at the Hampton Inn in Fayetteville before returning to Little Rock.

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