The Group Travel Leader

MAR 2017

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4 7 A M E R I C A ' S C R O S S R O A D S O F F E R M U C H M O R E T H A N P O L I T I C S ne of the highlights of visiting state capitals is learning about each one's unique history and the role it has played in shaping the state. But there are many other features that characterize these vibrant cities, from local breweries to haunted prisons and chocolate festivals. Make sure to check out some of these hidden gems next time you tour the America's Crossroads states. With sculpture gardens, theaters, streetcar tours and so much more, Little Rock, Arkansas, has a wide range of offerings for groups. One prominent attraction is Heifer Village, headquarters of Heifer International. This organization works to end world poverty and hunger through sustainable practices, encouraging people to sponsor a goat or a cow for families in the Third World instead of donating money. Groups can learn about global issues through colorful exhibits and, later, grab a bite to eat at the Heifer Café. Next door is the Clinton Presidential Center, which contains Bill Clinton's presidential library and museum. For those who enjoy home and garden design, there are several home tours near town. At Moss Mountain Farm, the residence of television host and lifestyle guru P. Allen Smith, groups can reserve a lunch tour to see the house and terrace gardens, with an occasional appearance by Smith himself. Landscape designer Chris Olsen also opens his stylish home to visitors. B y S a v a n n a h O s b o u r n Groups can get beautiful views of Oklahoma City during a Ferris wheel ride in the Wheeler District.

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