Texarkana, Arkansas is one of only a few cities in America that has spread across state lines. The city is located both in Arkansas and Texas, with the Arkansas side having just under 30,000 people and the Texas side with over 36,000 residents. It is not really a huge city even when combined together. The Arkansas side is situated on the beautiful northwestern corner of the state, with plenty of land to explore, good fishing, and some interesting sights to see in your RV rental Texarkana AR.
You might not think that a smallish town like Texarkana would offer much with regards to sights and attractions, but you are pleasantly mistaken. There are actually all sorts of intriguing places to explore. Below are just a few of the more colorful and interesting ones.
Union Station is a fun, historic building that was completed in 1929. This a great place to have some pictures taken because it is one building where you can enter in one state, and exit in another! If you’re a fan of 1920’s and 30’s era architecture, you must visit Union Station notably for its historical and architectural value during your RV rental Texarkana Arkansas.
Scott Joplin was an important and influential composer who was born sometime in the 1870’s and whose exact date birth is actually unknown. His story is a classic, tragic artist’s story and despite his influence on the ragtime movement, he died penniless and in obscurity, until he was formally recognized for his accomplishments in 1976. His mural is one of a kind, and can be seen in Texarkana.
Not only is the building a fabulous architectural example, but the museum itself houses fascinating exhibits including the Scott Joplin exhibit, Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, Conlon Nancarrow, among others. It also has fabulous displays of early American Indian pottery created by the Caddo tribe who were living in the area before America was even a nation. It is worth a visit!
You’ll be hard pressed to find better or more interesting innovative home designs than in Texarkana, which is a surprise, given the smallish size of the town. So while you are in Texarkana, check out the House of Wadley, the Garrison McLain House, and the “Ace of Clubs House” which was built with money won in a poker game.
You’ll have lots of places to choose from in terms of where to park your rig when you venture to Texarkana. There are just too many, so we have come up with three excellent options for you to choose from.
With 119 sites and reasonable rates, the Sunrise RV Park is just what you’re looking for when you travel in an RV rental to Texarkana, AR. Amenities include 50 amp electrical hook ups, cable, water, sewer, WiFi and clean restrooms and showers are clean. Enjoy your stay at the Sunrise RV Park in your camper rental Texarkana AR.
With 82 sites and sporting some of the lowest nightly rates in the area, this is a favorite of many road weary travelers who are on a budget. The Four States Fairground RV Park does not offer that much in terms of amenities, but it is a very quiet and peaceful park, which has an easy access to I-30. If you plan to spend most of your time out, and all you really need is a place to hook up to and to lay your head at night, then Four States Fairground RV Park will suit your travel trailer rental Texarkana AR needs.
Just across the border on the Texas side of Texarkana, is the Shady Pines resort. A bit more expensive than the others, it is pet friendly and comes with all the amenities you’d expect in an RV Park. If you’re not on a budget and looking for a truly excellent place to park your rig while you’re exploring the town, don’t look any further than Shady Pines RV Park for your motorhome rental Texarkana AR.
There are a number of interesting events throughout the year in Texarkana, but more so during the winter months. A brief cross-section of what you can expect is outlined just below.
Attention all railroad aficionados! If you love all things rail, then you’ll want to be in the town during the early part of May for exhibits and art about rail, and of course, lots of great food. This year marked the 4th annual occurrence of the RailFest, and they’re already planning for next year’s event.
Named after the movie, Texarkana’s Museum of Regional History hosts an overnight event that’s not to be missed. Of course, the exhibits don’t actually come to life, but if you’re a fan of history, this one is fun and educational too! The annual event takes place early November.
The annual themed parade is of higher quality than many parades you’ll see in major metro areas. The 2014 theme was “It’s a Mad, Mad, Victorian Christmas!” The period costumes alone made it well worth the trip to see. If you want to find out what the next year’s theme is, contact the local Chamber of Commerce and make plans to be there on the first day of December!
What makes Texarkana such a great vacation destination is that it isn’t on many people’s list of places to visit. It is an ideal getaway spot if you’re looking for a little seclusion and relaxation in an RV rental in Texarkana, Arkansas, yet it has interesting sights and attractions, which you will appreciate. The town may be small, but it’s packed with a rich history, sights, and fun things to experience.
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