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.
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.
It is made of glass and steel and is horizontal, resembling the “Bridge to the 21st Century” featured in many Clinton speeches.
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.
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.
In reflecting on our eight-day trip, we took a straw poll of favorites, which we detail below:
1) Washington, DC—you can’t beat the history!
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.
1) National Mall, Washington, DC.
2) The Gateway Arch, St. Louis, MO.
3) Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock, AR
4) Honorable Mention: Frank Lloyd Wright Home, St. Louis, MO.
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!
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!
5) Honorable Mention: Barboursville Home Designed by Jefferson.
It was a wonderful trip, and we are very grateful for the experience and opportunity!