We’ll be over the moon on this comprehensive tour of Arkansas highlighted by stunning views of the 2024 solar eclipse in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Our Arkansas exploration includes historical attractions and unique local culture amid the beauty of the Natural State. With a special dinner at the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum and picnic eclipse lunch at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, this tour is full of unique experiences you’ll only find with CTD.
DAY 1—WELCOME TO ARKANSAS!
Arrive at Bentonville, Arkansas for our evening welcome dinner. Get to know your travel companions and Tour Director. D
DAY 2—CRYSTAL BRIDGES/ U.S. MARSHALS MUSEUM
This morning we depart Bentonville, but not before an insightful visit to Crystal Bridges Art Museum. Our guided tour takes us around the grounds to get a grasp of the unique architecture and inside their one-of-a-kind art collection. Continue to Fort Smith and the U.S. Marshals Museum. Newly opened, this state-of-the-art museum celebrates the long history of the United States Marshals Service, from George Washington’s appointment to present day operations. B, D
DAY 3—SOLAR ECLIPSE 2024
In nearby Altus, we’ll be perfectly located on the path of the Total Solar Eclipse. We’ll enjoy the best and longest view of the Total Solar Eclipse, from approach, totality, and final shadow. We’ll be treated to a picnic lunch by St. Mary’s Catholic Church, a special landmark for the community and part of the National Historic Register for over 100 years. After our cosmic experience we return to Fort Smith for time on your own to explore the history museum, the Fort Smith National Site, and downtown shops. B, L
DAY 4—HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK
Spend the day in Hot Springs, Arkansas, famous for three types of people: athletes, gangsters, and tourists. Dip your fingers into the hot springs and join the history of Spring Training Baseball players who journeyed to the hot springs to ease their aches and pains. One of the most unique places in the Midwest, the city of Hot Springs overflows with character. Continue this afternoon to Little Rock for a visit to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, including a special dinner overlooking downtown. B, D
DAY 5—OLD MILL/MOUNTAIN VIEW
Wake up in the capitol city of Arkansas where we’ll visit the charming Old Mill, most famous for its opening scene in Gone With the Wind. Head to the capitol building for a special guided tour. Enjoy a welcoming lunch at the Edgemont House, a beautifully restored privately owned Spanish Colonial Revival style home. After lunch we depart for Mountain View, the heart of mountain country and Appalachia in Arkansas. Check in for a one night stay at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. B, L
DAY 6—OZARKS FOLK CENTER STATE PARK
Spend the morning with the musicians and craftsmen and women who give this part of the state its character. Shop handmade goods, watch demonstrations, or walk the nearby easy trials this morning before departing back towards Bentonville. B, D
Alas we must say farewell to the Natural State, taking home fond memories of this beautiful state and the awe inspiring Total Solar Eclipse. B
Night 1: Wingate, Bentonville
Nights 2-3: Wyndam, Fort Smith
Night 4: Four Points by Sheraton, Little Rock
Night 5: Ozarks Folk Center, Mountain View
Night 6: Wingate, Bentonville
Apr 6-12, 2024 Sold Out
Price Per Person:
Pre-/Post Tour Hotel:
Free airport shuttle or hotel parking
Welcome Dinner and meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Fees and tips for included attractions and meals
Luggage handling at most hotels
Free bottled water on coach
24-hour emergency call service
Our Welcome Dinner on Day 1 is at our hotel, Wingate Hotel Bentonville, starting at 6:30 p.m. We recommend scheduling your flight to arrive by 4:00 p.m.
Schedule your flight home to depart Northwest Arkansas Airport any time after breakfast Day 7. Breakfast is at your leisure and is served from 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Plan your return flight home that best fits your schedule.
Airport Transportation / Vehicle Parking
Our starting hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to/from Northwest Arkansas Airport. If you are driving to the starting location, they also offer complimentary parking for the duration of the tour.
Moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking will also be on uneven paths. While walking canes are allowed, we are unable to accommodate travelers using other mobility devices, including walkers and wheelchairs.
April – high of 73°, low of 50°
Each hotel has a hair dryer, iron, ironing boards, coffee maker and Wi-Fi. Some hotels offer an exercise room and swimming pool.
A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour, including information sent upon receipt of your reservation.
Travel Protection Available?
Yes, see CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/TravelProtectionPlan.