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Autumn in Arkansas

Oct 29-Nov 2, 2024

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Every autumn, nature paints the mountains and valleys of Arkansas State Parks with gorgeous hues of gold, red, and orange. Arkansas offers a sample of all that makes “The Natural State” a wonderful place to visit--small-town charm, mountains, and lakes. We get off the interstates and experience some of the hopefully gorgeous fall foliage and enjoy the southern music of the Ozarks. All the meals are included on this 5-day tour.

Day 1: Enjoy getting acquainted with our new traveling friends as we anticipate the kaleidoscope of colors. Back into the Ozark Mountains, we check into our cabins at Dry Creek-Ozark Folk Center for 2 nights. Tonight, at the Ozark Folk Center, we enjoy dinner and Ozark music. Music occupies a very special place in the heart of Ozark Mountain folk. The songs of the South offer a glimpse into the history of American folk music in Arkansas. (L, D)

Day 2: Today we stay in the heart of the Ozark Mountains to enjoy the fall colors. This morning we have a hands-on Craft activity in the Village. The Craft Village at Ozark Folk Center has more than 20 working artisans who demonstrate, create, and sell handmade items. Learn how iron is forged, soap is made, and wool is woven. See handcrafted items like flame-painted copper jewelry, leather goods, baskets, brooms, stained glass, ironwork, pottery, knives, weavings, quilts, wood carvings, spun yarn, soap, and candles just to name a few. This evening we again enjoy dinner and music at the Ozark Folk Center. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Leaving the Ozark Folk Center, we discover Swiss winemaking at the Wiederkehr Wine Cellars. We have lunch and tasting at the winery which is nestled on the southern slopes of the Ozark Mountains. Our overnight is at Mount Magazine Lodge in the Mount Magazine State Park. This location is Arkansas’s highest mountain, rising 2,753 feet above the valley of the Petit Jean River to the south and the Arkansas River to its north. Here we enjoy spectacular views from the bluffs. Dinner is included at the beautiful Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 4: This morning we tour Subiaco Abbey nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains.
All aboard for a train excursion on the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad through the beautiful Ozark Mountains. This beautifully restored, turn of the century passenger train journeys across high trestles, over streams, and into majestic vistas. Sit back and enjoy the natural beauty. For dinner, we step into a Norman Rockwell painting by visiting Simple Pleasures. Their vintage American soda fountain, autos, neon advertising, and memorabilia from the 1920s to the 80s is an adventure into America’s past. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Today begins with a visit to War Eagle Mill for a tour. Listen to the legend of War Eagle and watch a milling demonstration where corn is turned into cornmeal or corn flour. Next, we visit Crystal Bridges. It has a world-class collection of American art, stunning architecture, and 120 acres of Ozark forest. After lunch, we must say goodbye to the beautiful Ozarks and turn toward home with fond memories of our time in Arkansas. (B, L)


5 days
Oct 29-Nov 2, 2024
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