Multiple Regions- Arkansas Anew
A rejuvenating tour best enjoyed in: Spring, Fall Modifiable for: Summer, Winter
The Natural State will stimulate your senses with its natural scenic beauty, fresh air, culture and history, and warm Southern hospitality, and it's particularly refreshing here in the spring. While many places in Arkansas have changed and offer lots of new things to see, places to eat and stay, you'll still find most of your old favorites - after all, who would want to visit Arkansas without indulging in a traditional rejuvenating bath and massage in Arkansas's Spa City, Hot Springs? And Eureka Springs continues to hold out with one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants that make you feel you've stepped either back in time or over an ocean for a vacation away from everything hectic - it's sometimes called "Little Switzerland!" Best enjoyed in the Spring but modifiable for other times, we're sure that the rejuvenation-oriented "Arkansas Anew" will make you feel refreshed and renewed!
Begin in Little Rock with a (not-too-early - not on this trip!) breakfast followed by your own private tour of the WWII submarine USS Razorback. North Little Rock has brought the flavor of the open sea to the Arkansas River by showcasing this WWII vessel and its role in US Naval history. Next you've got a leisurely refreshment break at a nearby tearoom. Then you'll take the short ride into the edge of the slow-moving and soothing Mississippi Delta region - to the communities of Scott and Keo, where you'll get a glimpse into the Old South and be treated like real Southern belles and gentlemen. First comes the education part, as you stop in to visit the Plantation Agricultural Museum. Next you'll "cotton to" a fine and lovely lunch at historic and lovely Marlsgate Plantation, where you"ll meet your larger-than-life host and following your meal, tour the plantation's stunning and fragrant gardens. Following your time at the Marlsgate, you'll check out some of the best antiques in the South in nearby Keo. At the end of your mellow day in the Delta, head back to Little Rock, where you'll have some time to rest and freshen up before you sit back and enjoy being served up a fine dinner and a live theater performance.
This morning after breakfast in bed (or at least in your room), enjoy a guided motorcoach tour of the Little Rock area. You'll visit the Arkansas State Capitol Building, which is a replica of the nation's Capitol building in Washington. You'll see the historic Old State House, located just above the banks of the Arkansas River and set in the oldest surviving state capitol west of the Mississippi River. The Old State House Museum has been designated a National Historic Landmark, though it is probably best known throughout the country as the scene of President Clinton's 1992 and 1996 election night celebrations. The Old State House is always home to several interesting exhibits. You'll take a trip back in time and see how far we've come when you visit the Little Rock Central High School Historic Site, the setting for the civil rights struggle that brought national attention to the Little Rock Nine. At the end of your city tour, lunch in the Clinton Centers Cafe 42 and enjoy an escorted tour of the nations twelfth Presidential Library. Located on the banks of the Arkansas River, the Clinton Center houses eight years of world history, and includes the museum, the archival collection, and educational and research facilities. This evening, enjoy the sights and sounds and flavors of the downtown River Market area, with dinner and entertainment on your own. Advance scheduling of spa treatments on this evening is available.
You'll have breakfast (like we said, not too early!), then start your ride up the comfortable and picturesque Highway 65, as you make the drive north into the Ozark Mountains and to the historic town of Eureka Springs , known as Arkansas's "Victorian Village" and sometimes, "Little Switzerland." You'll look forward to savoring a fresh nutritious lunch complimented by delicious baked breads and goodies along the way at the renowned Serenity Farm Bread. Check into your hotel, then we'll visit a renowned architectural site, Thorncrown Chapel , to experience the magical way light filters through the wood beam and glass structure, not to mention the surrounding majestic forested mountains. Named as one of the American Institute of Architecture's Top 100 Buildings of the Century, Thorncrown Chapel is an truly enchanting place. Next it's off to check into your hotel and explore Eureka's exceptionally charming downtown, as you pour through the many one-of-a-kind galleries and shops. Pre-scheduled spa treatments will be available to you this afternoon. It's you, anew!
This morning after breakfast in your hotel, you'll ride the short distance over to Rogers, Arkansas, for a quick browsing stop in historic downtown, where you can enjoy the charm of shopping Poor Richard's Art, and if you like, a visit to the Daisy Airgun Museum. You'll then stop into Bentonville, Arkansas, for a coffee break and a visit to the Walton Five & Dime, the area's visitors center and museum depicting the fascinating history of the Wal-Mart Corporation. Then head on down to the Fayetteville area, where you'll enjoy a private lunch under a pavilion by a pond at Terra Studios, home to the famous Arkansas Bluebird of Happiness and a variety of wonderful pottery. You'll have time to relax and delight in the treasures to be found on the grounds at Terra, including many whimsical friends to be made in the sculpture garden and an enchanting stone labyrinth. Then you'll rest and rejoice in the thoughts of your upcoming spa treatments and you enjoy the scenery, riding back down through the Ozarks, making your way into the scenic Ouachita Mountains , and on into Hot Springs National Park for an overnight stay along historic Bathhouse Row. This evening, spa treatments, dinner in your hotel, and your bedtime can be arranged according to your own scheduling preferences.
This morning start with a scrumptious outdoor breakfast under one of the E. Fay Jones and Maurice Jennings-designed pavilions on the grounds at Garvan Woodland Gardens, known as Arkansas's Botanical Gardens. Enjoy a stroll or ride in a cart to take in the incredible sites and scents of the blooms and bubbling brooks there. Then it's on to an entertaining guided motorcoach tour of Hot Springs, including lunch in the middle and capped off by a stop at the newly updated Hot Springs Observation Tower. Those panoramic views are sure to further revive your spirit! After the tour, you can take the leisurely stroll along Bathhouse Row and into the Fordyce Bathhouse Museum, which serves at the National Park's visitors center. Much of the building's terra cotta detailing and the aquatic images in the stained window's emphasize the importance of the waters of Hot Springs, and the exterior terra cotta detailing above the front second floor windows pay homage to Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. The world famous traditional spring-fed mineral baths and massages still abound in Hot Springs, and are sure to relax you! This evening, either pleasure in the tastes, sights and sounds of Hot Springs as you dine and take part in a Gallery Walk, or perhaps your group would prefer a sunset dinner cruise on one of the five lakes in and surrounding the city. t's your time to renew and revive your spirit - let us know how to best help you do that in The Natural State!
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