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FALL COLORS IN ARKANSAS

October 30 - Nov 4, 2019

$1,049

6
days

Day 1:  Enjoy getting acquainted with our new traveling friends as we anticipate the kaleidoscope of colors. We begin our journey in Northwest Arkansas at the Devil’s Den State Park. A guided tour takes us through this special place nestled in Lee Creek Valley, listed as one of the most intact CCC sites in the U.S. Our guide takes us to an impressive rock dam which spans Lee Creek, forming Lake Devil. Our hotel and dinner are in Northwest Arkansas. (D)

Day 2: All aboard this morning 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 of the stunning fall foliage. This afternoon we discover Swiss winemaking at the Wiederkehr Wine Cellars. We tour 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. Mount Magazine 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 and a Ghost Storyteller on this Halloween night are included at the Lodge. (B, D)

Day 3:  Leaving the foliage above, we head below ground for a tour of Blanchard Springs Caverns. The Dripstone Trail Tour winds through two huge rooms filled with an incredible variety and number of crystalline formations, sparkling flowstone, towering columns, and delicate soda straws. 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 hearts of Ozark Mountain folk. The songs of the south offer a glimpse into the history of American folk music in Arkansas. (B, L, D)

 

Day 4:  Today we stay in the heart of the Ozark Mountains to enjoy the fall colors. We visit the Craft Village at Ozark Folk Center where more than 20 working artisans 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 purses and goods, baskets, brooms, stained glass, ironwork, pottery, knives, weavings, quilts, wood carvings, spun yarn, soap, and candles just to name a few. After lunch at the Center, we participate in a Craft activity in the Village. This evening we again enjoy dinner and music at the Ozark Folk Center. (B, L, D)

Day 5:  This morning we depart for Hot Spring Arkansas. A docent-led tour is in store for us at the Garvan Woodland Gardens. This 210-acre botanical garden is located off the shores of Lake Hamilton and surrounded by the Ouachita Mountains. Garvan features seasonal blooms and architecturally significate structures, like the wood and glass Anthony Chapel. After the gardens, we head for water. We board the Belle of Hot Springs for a narrated lunch cruise on Lake Hamilton. This afternoon we have a guided city tour & visit the Fordyce Bathhouse. After extensive restoration, the Bathhouse looks as it did in the early years of business, complete with beautiful stained-glass ceilings, marble walls, and statues. After checking into our hotel, we head to the Bathhouse Dinner Theater for an amazing and entertaining show. (B, L, D)

 

Day 6:  Today it is time to say good-bye to the beautiful Arkansas Mountains and turn towards home. Lunch is enjoyed at the Santa Fe Cattle Co in Broken Arrow, OK. Fall is a beautiful time and we head home with fond memories of our time in Arkansas. (B, L)

Oct 30-Nov 4, 2019