Southern Tour Day 11: Little Rock

Our final day of our trip was spent entirely in Little Rock. We began our morning at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. Growing up in the north, it’s very interesting to visit Military Museums in the south because they offer a much different perspective on the Civil War. Part of the museum also focused on the life of MacArthur which was very interesting. They also had a really neat exhibit on photographs from World War II.

After a lunch break, we had two more stops for our day. The first was the Old Statehouse. It was undergoing some renovations during our visit but still had a lot of neat exhibits. I especially enjoyed seeing the dresses of the First Ladies of Arkansas. Quite a few familiar names were among the governors of Arkansas exhibit as well! They also had a fun room for kids to explore different aspects of campaigning on the first floor. My husband had some fun in that room pretending he was on a Whistle Stop tour!

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Our final stop of the day was to the current state capitol. Unlike other state capitols we have visited, this one sure was tough to find a parking spot nearby! We opted to just give ourselves a self-guided tour, but did stumble upon a tour guide with another family when we neared the Senate chambers, so she allowed us to join in so we could see the upper level. We learned a lot of interesting debates they have had about the use of curtains and other sound system aspects. This state capitol also has a nice little gift shop, perfect for stocking up on those postcards!

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We spent the rest of our evening relaxing at the hotel pool. We’d had a fantastic trip through 6 states but were ready to head home before our big move to Iowa a few days later! We traveled back to St. Louis the next day with a stop to Ozark National Scenic Riverway for a final National Park Passport Stamp. What an adventure we had over those 11 days!

Southern Tour Day 10: Little Rock

Our first stop in our two days in Little Rock was the William Clinton Presidential Museum and Library. I was really excited for this visit because they had a special exhibit on the Olympics while we were there (fitting because the Rio Summer Olympics were going on during this time.) I was also looking forward to this museum because Clinton is the first president a really remember being in office during my lifetime. I was amazed by how much I still didn’t know! As it seems with all presidential libraries, there was enough to read in all the exhibits to last weeks, so we had to pick and choose which exhibits we read in depth.

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By far our favorite part was the special exhibits on the Olympics. They had separate areas for both the Summer and Winter games. They had lots of memorabilia from the Athens and London games that we enjoyed reminiscing over. The Winter games exhibit also had a bobsled that we could climb into and one of the workers was kind enough to take our picture for us!

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After the museum we took a trip out of town to visit Arkansas Post National Memorial. It is in the middle of nowhere Arkansas, but I really enjoyed the trip and found it to be very interesting. We were the only people there when we visited. The area has had many flags flown over it during it’s existence. The fort is no longer there because the river now covers it’s location. The fort saw battles in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. If you ever have a chance, head out to Gillett, Arkansas and give Arkansas Post a visit.