The Presidential Inauguration: The Final Day

It’s our last day of the trip, and we had a lot of fun with our last-day activities and reflecting on our experiences.For new activities, we were able to visit Little Rock Central High and the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, AR, as well as a Zip Line Course in Nacogdoches, TX.

Little Rock, Arkansas is much prettier than we expected, with hills, rivers, and bridges.  In fact, they are in the process of making their bridges open to pedestrians, who can see beautiful views across the city.

Bridge in Little Rock

Bridge in Little Rock

The Clinton Library is one of the newest of the presidential libraries, and it has lots of interactive features and a nice replica of the Oval Office.

Jessica Rodriguez in the Oval Office

Jessica Rodriguez in the Oval Office

It is made of glass and steel and is horizontal, resembling the “Bridge to the 21st Century” featured in many Clinton speeches.

Clinton Presidential Library

Clinton Presidential Library

Little Rock Central High is the famous site of Arkansas’s battle for integration in 1957.  This battle ended only when Eisenhower sent in some 10,000 troops to ensure relative peace and safe passage for the Little Rock Nine.  The school is huge and inspiring.

Little Rock Central High

Little Rock Central High

The most fun, however, came from Zip Nac, the zip line course in Nacogdoches, Texas.  There are four major lines on the course, some of which are ninety-feet high.  One is nine-hundred feet long, providing some real speed on the course.  It was a great way to end the trip.

Zip Nac Tower

Zip Nac Tower

In reflecting on our eight-day trip, we took a straw poll of favorites, which we detail below:

Favorite Cities:

1) Washington, DC—you can’t beat the history!

Junior Fellows on National Mall During Inauguration

Junior Fellows on National Mall During Inauguration

2) St. Louis—the Arch and the history are amazing!

3) Little Rock—it is pretty and well designed, with a river walk, foothills, history, art, and nature.

Jessica Rodriguez in Little Rock's Riverwalk Sculpture Garden

Jessica Rodriguez in Little Rock’s Riverwalk Sculpture Garden

Favorite Sites:

1) National Mall, Washington, DC.

2) The Gateway Arch, St. Louis, MO.

The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch

3) Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock, AR

4) Honorable Mention: Frank Lloyd Wright Home, St. Louis, MO.

Favorite Restaurants:

1) Bailey’s Range (St. Louis)—good burgers overcame the long waits!

2) Quarrier’s Diner (West Virginia)—Classic roadside diner in Charleston, WV

3) Whole Hog Café (Little Rock, AR)—Best BBQ around!

Favorite Historic Homes:

1) Monticello (Charlottesville, VA)—beautiful, creative, and interesting, the historic home hat trick!

Monticello

Monticello

2) Mount Vernon (Northern Virginia)—Beautiful view of the Potomac and the most visited home in the United States!

3) Frank Lloyd Wright Home in St. Louis—wonderfully innovative USonian home!

4) Honorable Mention: James Polk Home in Columbia, TN—great tour guide made a big difference!

James Polk Home

James Polk Home

5) Honorable Mention: Barboursville Home Designed by Jefferson.

Barboursville

Barboursville

It was a wonderful trip, and we are very grateful for the experience and opportunity!

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