Here’s a great little trip you can take, especially to see the fall foliage in the Ozark Mountains, but also good in late spring or during the summer. The Ozark Mountains in Arkansas beckon you. I wrote once about Mountain View, a mountain music and crafts center mecca but this area is also great to visit.
Let me tell you a little about the Hot Springs area. Everyone knows Bill Clinton was born in Hope but about 70 miles north nestled in the mountains is Hot Springs. He moved there as a young man and I remember hearing stories of how his mother loved playing the ponies at the Hot Springs horse track.
But there are a lot of other things to do in this area known for its thermal springs and bath houses. The water that flows from the underground springs are believed to have healing abilities and were first discovered hundreds of years ago by Native Americans.
While here you may want to consider a sunset dinner cruise aboard the Belle of Hot Springs riverboat. A visit through Hot Springs National Park is also a must. Then onto the opulently restored Fordyce Bathhouse on Bathhouse Row is a site to behold. (this is also where the National Park has their Visitor Center). Finally check out the Gangster Museum where you are transported back to the 20s, 30s and 40s when gambling and bootlegging coexisted with the warm mineral waters of this awesome little valley town.
Nestled in the foothills of the Ozarks, the quaint town of Van Buren offers a chance to step back in time by strolling through the beautifully restored Victorian Main Street. Then you can climb aboard the Arkansas-Missouri Scenic Railroad. The turn of the century passenger cars with their elegant mahogany interior which was the norm in the golden age of rail travel, is fun to ride.
Since you are a hop skip and a jump away from Branson why not continue on to this music mecca.
An evening aboard the showboat Branson Belle with dinner and entertainment is a great end to a wonderful day. This was the best tasting food I have ever had on a riverboat and the entertainment was good, too. Since you are in Branson, what else can you do? Take in a show, of course. There are morning shows, afternoon shows and evening shows. Some of the shows you can take in are The Osmonds, The Million Dollar Quartet, Down Home Country, The Brett Family Show, the Clay Cooper Country Music Express, The Haygoods Show, and #1 Hits of the 60s and the 50s.
And if you enjoy these shows come back anytime in November and December to see their special Christmas shows.
So much to see and do in magical Arkansas.