One Tank Travels: Eureka Springs

We invite you to have 
“More Fun Per Gallon”  in Arkansas this year. Each day we will be blogging on different Arkansas destinations that can be reached on one tank of gas or less. This is basically every corner of The Natural State. We hope these suggestions help you in planning a trip to remember. 
Winding mountainside streets that don’t meet at right angles are the first clue that Eureka Springs has a flair like no other town. Then its Victorian architecture lures visitors on “Sunday” drives. On street after street, old homes in colors of summer flower bouquets hug cliffsides.

Secluded and peaceful, Eureka Springs’ entire downtown area is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is no wonder that The National Trust for Historic Preservation has honored Eureka Springs for its character by naming it one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations on its list of the best-preserved and unique communities in the United States.

Eureka Springs offers over 150 independent and unique stores and restaurants filling its elaborate gingerbread Victorian storefronts and amazingly has no national chain offering in its historic district. Restaurants offer meals worth talking about for months. The food also spans cultures – including Bavarian, American, Italian, and Mexican.

Eureka Springs has block after block of one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, fine art galleries, craft emporiums and restaurants. A heavy influence from an artist community is obvious with a drive or walk through the town from beautiful galleries of fine jewelry, sculpture and canvasses to Humpty Dumpty sitting on a wall of a terraced landscape. Stores offer funky, casual or elegant clothes for all ages and genders. Festivals and events span everything from, classical music to opera to blues and jazz to UFO’s, antiques and the arts. Music shows and The Great Passion Play draw visitors as do other attractions such as Thorncrown Chapel and Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.


Visitors can rent vacation dwellings on the lake, in the woods or in the middle of the downtown district. There are tons of bed and breakfast inns, retreat homes and hotels, and historic hotels.


And, a visit to Eureka Springs wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of its numerous spas. The springs of Eureka did, after all, attract people to the town at the turn of the century.


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