Arkansas - The Natural State

Arkansas - The Natural State

Save $25 per person if you book by 8/21/2020 on this scenic trip to Arkansas!

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Save $25 per person if you book by 8/21/2020 on this scenic trip to Arkansas!

SAVE $25 PER PERSON IF YOU BOOK BY 8/21/2020!

 

Mount Magazine State Park - The Highest Point in Arkansas

Mount Magazine State Park is on the state’s tallest mountain at 2,753-feet.  Sweeping vistas of broad river valleys, deep canyons, and distant mountains welcome outdoor enthusiasts to Arkansas’s highest point. The park is a place to enjoy sightseeing, exploring the mountain and nature study. We’ll make a stop at the Visitor Center which has an interactive exhibit gallery and gift shop. Then enjoy a narrated sightseeing tour of Mount Magazine State Park.  We’ll check into the Lodge and then “dine above the clouds” with an included signature dinner buffet in the Skycrest Restaurant.  Enjoy delicious food as you take in the breathtaking view of the Petit Jean River Valley and distant Blue Mountain Lake.  The Skycrest Restaurant was named for the first hotel that long ago graced the top of the 2,753-foot Mount Magazine.  Tall timbers and an impressive two-story fireplace reflect the “parkitecture” style of the 1930’s.  Hickory furniture completes the rustic warmth of this mountain lodge’s dining room.

 

DeGray Lake State Park

DeGray Lake is home to majestic bald eagles, great blue heron and numerous species of hawks, owls and other feathered friends.  We will stay overnight at the State Park Resort which is on its own island off the north shore of DeGray Lake.  It is centrally located within the park and offers sweeping views of the lake in a comfortable atmosphere.  Take some time to stroll the miles of shoreline, take a dip in the pool or hot tub or relax and enjoy the scenery.  Their signature dinner buffet awaits you before a beautiful guided sunset cruise.  Sit back relax as we discover the history of the lake, wildlife, view rock outcrops and unique islands. 

 

Dyess, Arkansas

The Dyess Colony was created in 1934 as part of President FranklinD.Roosevelt’s New Deal to aid in the nation’s economic recovery from the Great Depression.  It provided a fresh start for nearly 500 impoverished Arkansas farm families, including the family of music legend Johnny Cash.  The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home is one of several historic buildings that are open to visitors and it is furnished as it appeared when the Cash family lived there. 

 

Little Rock, Arkansas

Upon arrival in Little Rock, we’ll visit the Clinton Presidential Library & Museum.  Browse through the permanent exhibitions which tell a story of the Clinton Presidency.  They feature the campaign inauguration, the special policy sections and much more.  The exhibits are a historical walkway of the Clinton Presidency through photographs, video clips and countless artifacts. Enjoy a private dinner at the Castle on Stagecoach with its unique architecture and decor.  Completed in 1935, the Castle House was designed by Little Rock architect Ed Brueggeman for Dr. Clarence W. Koch and his wife. Since the mid 1700’s, Little Rock has grown from its primitive beginnings into a city rich with history.  On a guided tour you will see the State Capitol, Central High School, The Arkansas Governor’s Mansion, the Villa Mare (featured in the television show, Designing Women) and the Old Mill which was featured in the opening scenes of the epic movie Gone With the Wind.

 

Hot Springs, Arkansas

During a narrated tour of Hot Springs you’ll see Hot Springs National Park encompassing West Mountain, historic downtown and WhittingtonAvenue plus a stop to touch the naturally heated water that first attracted settlers to this once-remote area in central Arkansas.  Take yourself back to the days of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s when mineral water, gambling, bootlegging, and other extreme pleasures brought visitors from all over the world to Hot Springs.  The Gangster Museum of America is a historic and entertaining account of how some of the most notorious criminals in America co-existed with the quaint population of this little valley town in the mountains of centralArkansas.  Explore the seven galleries, play in the antique casino and hear the historian in the museum theater relate who, what, and where stories that are fascinating, informative and educational.

 

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

During a narrated tour of Eureka Springs we’ll learn some history and visit the world famous Thorncrown Chapel (the glass chapel in the woods).  Then we will ride the tram which will take us slowly and smoothly through the charming and beautiful historic district and the local guide shares the fascinating history of Eureka Springs and points out many of the beautiful buildings, homes and natural beauty spots.  We’ll make a brief stop to see the Grotto Spring where you’ll learn the history of the health springs that made Eureka Springs so famous in the 1800’s and why they are no longer used for any medical or commercial use whatsoever.  Our accommodations inEureka Springs are at the 1886 Crescent Hotel, “America’s Most Haunted Hotel.”  Enjoy the scenic mountain view and learn all about the 1886 Crescent Hotel, a “dry stack” building that cost almost 1/3 of a million dollars to build in 1886.

 

NEW Aquarium at the Boardwalk in Branson

This is scheduled to open in the summer of 2020 and has special features which are expected to be fascinating and plentiful.  From a walk-through water tunnel, undersea observation station to witnessing the incredible beauty of the Stingray.  Stick your fingers into the water that’s home to Horseshoe Crabs, Cownose Rays and Bamboo Sharks.  A majestic coral reef will be swarming with gorgeous fish friends including Batfish, Tang, Angelfish and other brilliantly hued marine life.  And there’s going to be so much more!

 

Day 1

- Overnight in Cape Girardeau, MO
- 530 Dinner Kickback including 3 cocktails at the Drury Hotel

D

Day 2

- Tour the Dyess Colony - Johnny Cash’s Boyhood Home
- Tour the William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum
- Private Dinner in a Castle Residence

B, D

Day 3

- Narrated Sightseeing Tour of Little Rock including Central High School Museum, State Capital and the Old Mill from Gone with the Wind
- Narrated Sightseeing tour of Hot Springs to include the Thermal Waters and Bathhouse Row
- Tour the Gangster Museum of America
- Overnight at the beautiful DeGray Lake State Park Resort
- Signature Buffet Dinner included
- Sunset Boat Cruise on DeGray Lake

B, D

Day 4

- Enjoy the scenery as we travel through the Ouachita National Forest to Mount Magazine State Park
- Visit the Mount Magazine State Park Visitors Center
- Sightseeing tour of Mount Magazine State Park - the highest point in Arkansas
- Overnight at the Mount Magazine State Park Lodge
- "Dine above the Clouds" at the Skycrest Restaurant at Mountt Magazine

B, D

Day 5

- Free time in Eureka Springs, AR for shopping and lunch
- Sightseeing Tour of Eureka Springs, AR including a stop at the Thorn Crown Chapel
- Tram Tour of Historic Eureka Springs, AR
- Dinner and overnight at "America’s Most Haunted Hotel" 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

B, D

Day 6

- Our scenic journey continues as we travel through Dogwood Canyon Nature Park to Branson, MO
- Admission to the NEW Aquarium at the Boardwalk
- Farewell Dinner and Overnight in Fenton, MO

B, D

Day 7

- Return Home

B

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Price Includes: Home Pickup (restrictions apply), Breakfast with Bucky (mascot is not present), 12 Meals, 6 Nights of Hotel Accommodations, Sightseeing and Attractions as listed, Baggage Handling for 1 suitcase per person at all hotel properties, taxes and gratuities for included local guides, attractions and meals included in the tour.

 

Hotel Accommodations

Day One  - Drury Hotel, Cape Girardeau, MO

Day Two  - Comfort Inn &Suites Presidential, Little Rock, AR

Day Three - DeGray State Park Lodge, Bismarck,AR

Day Four  - The Lodge at Mount Magazine, Paris,AR

Day Five - Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs, AR

Day Six - Drury Inn, Fenton, MO

 

PER PERSON RATE: Double Occupancy $1665, Single Occupancy $1999, or Triple Occupancy $1629

 

Final Payment Due:  9/20/2020

 

OPTIONAL TOUR CANCELLATION PASSENGER PROTECTION PLAN PER PERSON:  Double and Triple Occupancy $136 OR Single Occupancy $160

 

Gratuities for the tour director and driver are not included and are at the passengers discretion.

 

Cover Photo is Mount Magazing Lodge - Credit the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

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