Essential Arkansas: From the Clinton Library to Crystal Bridges
Get to know Arkansas, from the Clinton Library to Crystal Bridges, from hot springs and mountains to Ozark music and southern cooking — this place has it all!
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Program No. 21208RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

Arkansas is “the Natural State,” swathed in vast forests of oak, pine and hickory and adorned with rivers winding down from the Ozark Plateau and Ouachita Mountains to the mighty Mississippi. Discover these and other pristine natural treasures of Arkansas and encounter the great cultural gifts enshrined in its cities and towns. Experience the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock, explore state parks, quaint towns and lesser-known gems and find yourself immersed in Ozark traditions and music as you learn how Arkansans preserve them.
Activity Level
Walking up to two miles a day, standing in botanical gardens and museums for a few hours.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy an in-depth look at American art at the new Crystal Bridges Museum, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House.
  • Learn the legacy of Clinton’s presidency on a docent led visit to the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, a state-of-the-art facility on the Arkansas River.
  • Explore Hot Springs and Eureka Springs and learn about other interesting towns and cities that have sprung up around natural healing springs.
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Jay Barth
Dr. Jay Barth, a native of central Arkansas, is M.E. and Ima Graves Peace Professor of Politics at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. His academic work includes research on the politics of the South, state government and politics, LGBT politics, political communication (particularly radio advertising), and the achievement gap in Arkansas. He is the co-author — with the late Diane D. Blair) — of the second edition of "Arkansas Politics and Government: Do the People Rule?" In 2012, he was appointed to the Arkansas State Board of Education.
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