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Dothan – Nutty and fun

Down in the southeast corner of Alabama, known as the Wiregrass region, Dothan’s old-timey downtown is experiencing a revival. Old buildings are being restored, and new shops and eateries are moving in. There’s a special load of fun every third Friday from May through October when an event called Foster Fest rules. It’s a street festival featuring food, music, and ...

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Burgers and blues in Tupelo

After a day exploring Elvis Presley’s hometown of Tupelo, you deserve an evening of soul-satisfying food and some toe-tapping rocking music. That’s when the Blue Canoe, a blend of burger shack, beer hall, and blues joint, fills the bill. Owner Adam Morgan has fashioned the ideal place for food, music, and good times. Morgan books all the acts, and he ...

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Catching some Louisiana sunshine

The Ouachita River doesn’t so much divide Monroe from West Monroe as it provides an invitation to enjoy the natural world. Here are three easy ways. Monroe-WestMonroe.org Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo:Who doesn’t enjoy taking kids to the zoo, especially one like this that’s both diverse and compact? It has more than 400 animals and lets the kids see everything ...

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Spirits and springs in DeLand, Florida

Spirits and Springs in DeLand Tucked between Orlando and Daytona, this pleasant community is both home to Stetson University and an authentic Florida town. Spend a day walking among the shops and galleries, and then plan another day exploring nearby sites. VisitWestVolusia.com Jump from the skies: Skydive DeLand is one of the busiest drop zones in the world, perfect for ...

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A pedal-powered Arkansas vacation

Chris Brosh and Tim Robinson want visitors to bicycle through Northwest Arkansas and are especially keen on the Razorback Regional Greenway. It covers 36 miles from Bentonville to Fayetteville and connects to other biking and hiking trails. Brosh and Robinson own Phat Tire Bike Shops in Bentonville, Springdale, Rogers, Fayetteville, and other cities and have a rental _ set of ...

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