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ARKANSAS TRAVEL: Stop the car! There's an Auto Museum in Texarkana

The 222 million Americans with a driver's license operate roughly 269 million motor vehicles. Those high-octane statistics reflect our love affair with automobiles, in Arkansas and across the nation, since the earliest motoring days in the 1890s.

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ARKANSAS TRAVEL: Hope's Girl Scout Little House under restoration

HOPE -- International fame as birthplace of America's newly elected 42nd president lay more than half a century in the future when Hope saw construction of a modest but noteworthy building now on the National Register of Historic Places.

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ARKANSAS TRAVEL: Time-travel at one of state's train depot museums

Railroad enthusiasts in Arkansas have to subsist mainly on nostalgia. That's because only six depots in The Natural State remain open for passenger service -- once daily in each direction between Chicago and San Antonio, with most stops occurring in the middle of the night.

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ARKANSAS TRAVEL: Big history awaits out in the middle of a swamp in one of state's most secluded parks

A special exhibit now at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock can provide the impetus for a road trip to one of Arkansas' most secluded state parks.

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Oaklawn has several food options, and horse races

"Jumbo shrimp" can qualify as an oxymoron -- a contradiction in terms like "open secret" or "military intelligence." But the jumbo shrimp served by the Oyster Bar at Oaklawn are big and beautiful. They're also plenty flavorful, though boiled a smidgen too long on a recent race day.

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UCA has 'Pathways' inside, Big Naturals outside

That's not an encampment left behind by some rustic civilization on the lawn near the entrance to Baum Gallery at the University of Central Arkansas. It's a large work of sculptural art set outside a museum known for its engaging temporary exhibits.

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Hot Springs' Bathhouse Row thriving once more

When the General Assembly voted narrowly in 1929 to make horse racing and parimutuel betting legal at Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs was prospering as a thermal resort. The Spa City offered medical and relaxation regimens mixed with legal and illegal gambling as well as other pleasures.

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Arkansas' Mount Nebo, 1930s stone cabins, worth the drive

Saturday's visitors to Arkansas' second-oldest state park can enjoy a lively lesson in Mount Nebo's history, from the 19th century resort heyday and the building of its picturesque stone cabins in the 1930s to today's recreational pleasures.

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County museums display creativity and artifacts

One of Arkansas' undervalued assets is its potpourri of county museums, where local history and culture are displayed in sometimes fascinating and delightful ways.

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Democrat-Gazette columnist nominates best spots to visit in Arkansas

The end of yet another year is prime time for picking the "bests" in almost any category, with movies and TV shows only the most popular of many topics.