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Top Choice American in Little Rock

South on Main

This wonderful spot is a gastronomic pet project of The Oxford American, the South's seminal quarterly literary magazine. It embraces the foodways of the region with a verve and dynamism that is creative and delicio…
Top Choice Modern American in Eureka Springs

Stone House

The Stone House has all the ingredients for a pretty perfect evening: lots of wine; a menu that focuses on cheese, bread, olives, honey and charcuterie; live music; a cute courtyard; and did we mention lots of wine?…
Top Choice Modern American in Eureka Springs

FRESH

This beautiful café specializes in farm to table cuisine, brilliant baked goods and quirky service. The open- face sandwiches with shaved ham served on fresh baked French toast are stupidly decadent, and there are v…
Museum in Bentonville

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Coolest, largest and most controversial is this enormous art museum, sprawling across a series of creek ponds fed by mountain streams; the curved pavilions that house the extensive collections are connected by glass…
Museum in Little Rock

William J Clinton Presidential Center

This library houses the largest archival collection in presidential history, including 80 million pages of documents and two million photographs (although there's not a lot related to a certain intern scandal). The …
Museum in Hot Springs

NPS Visitor Center

On Bathhouse Row, set up in the 1915 Fordyce bathhouse, the NPS visitor center and museum has exhibits about the park's history, first as a Native American free-trade zone, and later as a turn-of-the-20th-century Eu…
Pizza in Mountain View

Tommy's Famous Pizza and BBQ

The Tommy's Famous Pizza and BBQ is run by the friendliest bunch of backwoods hippies you could hope to meet. The BBQ pizza marries Tommy's specialties indulgently. The affable owner, a former rocker from Memphis, p…
Forest in Arkansas

Ouachita National Forest

This wild and pretty forest is studded with lakes and draws hunters, fishers, mountain-bike riders and boaters. The small roads through the mountains unfailingly lead to hidden nooks and wonderful views. The Ouachit…
Museum in Hot Springs

Galaxy Connection

And now for something completely different: a museum dedicated to Star Wars. This fantastically geeky temple is the labor of love of one particularly obsessed Arkansan, and while it may feel a little on the amateur …
Historic Site in Little Rock

Little Rock Central High School

Little Rock's most riveting attraction is the site of the 1957 desegregation crisis that changed the country forever. It was here that a group of African American students known as the Little Rock Nine were first de…