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Soon enough, this post will transform into a travelogue about a place in Texas, USA. But, for now, we simply want to say goodbye to a true gentleman and legend, Harry Belafonte, who passed away last week at the ripe old age of 96. Ninety-six. If you’re of the same age as us, he’ll need little introduction. In the 1950s, in addition to his legendary singing and acting skills, when segregation was still widespread, his ascent to the upper echelon of show business was historic. But his primary focus was civil rights. Sir, we salute you for being the kind of human being that we all should aspire to.

One of Harry’s most popular songs was Texarkana, so we thought it was fitting to feature a (likely not well-known) city in the USA. As is often the case, your most treasured travel experiences sometimes emerge out of nowhere. And that might be the case, here. Texarkana is a typical city in eastern Texas, with a twin city across the border in Arkansas, hence Texarkana. Spring Lake Park has playgrounds, walking trails and sports fields. The 19th-century Ace of Clubs House, now a museum, is shaped like a playing-card club. Interactive children’s exhibits at Discovery Place include a sound wall and general store. Built in 1924, the Italian Renaissance–style Perot Theatre hosts musicals and concerts.

And why Texarkana? Because it’s a mashup of Texas and Arkansas, the two state that border the city.

Boy, if this doesn’t just shout USA hotel, what does? The Baymont by Wyndham Texarkana. Click here.

Texas is a BIG place, with lots to see and do. Click here for a huge range of options.

As ever, you’ll need a car in Texarkana. Hertz are here to save the day. Click here to book.

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