Wed, Oct 18:Depart for the shores of Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri and check into Chateau on the Lake Resort. Take an informative and entertaining Ducks Tour through the scenic Ozarks and cruise along Table Rock Lake before dinner at the resort. (Meal: Dinner)
Thu, Oct 19: Travel to the quaint Ozark Mountain town Eureka Springs, Arkansas where extraordinary Victorian homes hug the cliff sides. On a narrated trolley tour, travel through the narrow, winding streets of the Historic District and learn about many of the beautiful old homes and buildings, as well as fun and interesting facts about this amazing town that Robert Ripley, of Ripley's Believe It or Not, called one of the 10 most unusual cities he ever visited in the USA. Visit the majestic glass and wood beam Thorncrown Chapel nestled in the mountains, designed by Arkansas native E. Fay Jones, a nationally-honored and recognized architect. Spend some time enjoying the turn-of-the-century architecture and block after block of one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, historic hotels, fine art galleries, and more. Continue touring with a local guide and discover the Christ of the Ozarks Statue before heading to the Lodge at Mount Magazine State Park to overnight at the states highest point. Enjoy the view during dinner at the Lodge. (B,D)
Fri, Oct 20: Transfer to Little Rock and stop for a tour of the Old State House Museum, which was the state's original capitol until 1911 and served as the seat of both the Confederate and Unionists governments in Arkansas during the Civil War. Next take a guided tour of the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site where the first African-American students, "the Little Rock Nine," were admitted to the school in 1957 following a dramatic confrontation. Choose between a tour of the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, which contains the largest collection of presidential papers and artifacts in U.S. history and includes an authentic replica of the Oval Office and Cabinet Room, or Heifer International, a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to ending world hunger. Check into the historic Capital Hotel for the next two nights before enjoying a group dinner. (B,D)
Sat, Oct 21: Spend the day in Hot Springs where people have been going to enjoy the hot spring water popularly believed to possess medicinal properties. Following federal protection in 1832, the city developed into a successful spa town and in the early 1900s a row of luxurious bathhouses was constructed to replace the rough, utilitarian structures destroyed by fire. Designated Hot Springs National Park in 1921 the remaining Bathhouse Row structures represent the grandest collection of such bathhouses in North America, many done in Gilded Age architecture. Learn about the towns fascinating history from a local guide and visit the Fordyce Bathhouse National Park Visitor Center. During your free time perhaps youll choose to have a bathhouse experience at one of the two facilities still operating. Visit the Gangster Museum of America and learn about the notorious gangsters such as Al Capone and Bugs Moran who were known to vacation in The Spa City. Enjoy a tour of the historic Arlington Hotel and dinner in the hotels elegant restaurant before returning to Little Rock. (B,D)
Sun, Oct 22: Transfer back to Indianapolis. (B)
Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa & Convention Center, Branson, Missouri
Known as the "Castle in the Ozarks," this AAA Four Diamond resort is set on a wooded hillside overlooking Table Rock Lake. Highlights: newly refurbished guestrooms feature upscale amenities, granite countertops and plush bedding in-room coffee maker complimentary WiFi 2 restaurants bar room service fitness center indoor pool spa tennis courts sweets shop.
The Lodge at Mount Magazine, Arkansas
Gracing the south bluff of Arkansas's high point, the modern, rustic-style lodge offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in The Natural State. Highlights: in-room coffee maker complimentary WiFi (though service is limited) restaurant fitness center pool hot tub gift shop.
Capital Hotel, Little Rock, Arkansas
This historic hotel has been a beacon to Southern culture since it first opened its doors in 1870. Originally famous for having a newfangled invention called electricity and an elevator large enough to fit a horse, this downtown Little Rock hotel has reinvented itself continuously over the last 140 years to maintain the highest standards of modern comfort. Highlights: refined guest rooms with Frette bed and bath linens complimentary WiFi 2 restaurants bar room service fitness center.