Trips on a Tank of Gas
Nearby ExcursionsThere are plenty of interesting attractions to see and things to do in the Fayetteville area, but it is also just a short drive from several unique towns in the surrounding area. Visit the eclectic shops in the historic district of Eureka Springs or enjoy a scenic train ride in Ft. Smith. No matter what kind of excursion you are looking for from the relaxing to the adventurous, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Distance: About 57 miles or 1 hour
The day starts early with a breakfast picnic at Devil’s Den State Park. Take Exit 53 from I-540, and enjoy a sunny breakfast at one of the park’s picnic areas. If you have the time and ambition, make the three-mile moderate-difficulty hike down Yellow Rock Trail, and enjoy your breakfast looking over the Lee Creek Valley from the Yellow Rock overlook.
Next, follow the interstate towards Van Buren, and take Exit 2A to U.S. 64 in Van Buren. Take a walk down Main Street and see historic downtown Van Buren. Walk by the King Opera House, built in the 1880s, and stop in the Old Frisco Train station to view the Bob Burns and Arkansas River museum collections. Then visit some of the many shops along the street, and grab lunch at any of the local restaurants on Main Street, from Brothers Cottage Café to Sisters Gourmet Bistro. Afterwards, stop at the Main Street Candy and Fudge Shop for a little old-fashioned dessert.
Once you hop the Arkansas River into Fort Smith, stop at Miss Laura’s Visitors Center, a former bordello that has been welcoming visitors to Fort Smith since 1900. Then visit historic sites like the old fort, or a reconstruction of the gallows used by Hanging Judge Parker when Fort Smith was the gateway to the west!
Grab dinner at a local restaurant, from Latin American cuisine at Rolando’s, burgers at George’s, Bravo’s Italian or Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine offered at Diamond Head #2, Inc., there is something to match anyone’s tastes! Or, visit the Park at West End on the riverfront, and get dinner at the Boomerage Diner, located in a restored Pullman railcar. A 56-foot Ferris wheel from the 1935 World’s Fair also stands on the site.
The Janet Huckabee River Valley Nature Center also offers visitors an opportunity to learn about the region’s wildlife. It’s the perfect opportunity to teach younger children, and an artificial streamer and feeder attract a wide variety of animals for visitors of all ages to enjoy from inside the center.
Then take I-540 north for a short one-hour drive back to Fayetteville for the night.
Distance: About 45 miles or just over an hour.
Eureka Springs is just one of the unique destinations nestled here among the Ozark Mountains. While only a short drive away, you’ll feel like you’re in another world with natural surroundings and splendid scenery. Not only do we offer a wide variety of meeting spaces but, our outstanding shopping and dining opportunities and the many attractions available will generate extra interest and excitement to increase your attendance. Few locations in mid-America will welcome the business traveler like Eureka Springs does.
With more than 3,000 lodging rooms and many charming venues, we offer quality without the big city costs. Numerous lodging properties have first-class meeting facilities that offer seating capacities from 10 to 1,000 featuring audio/visual access and on-site catering services. Our convention center has 18,500 square feet of meeting space, 11 meeting and banquet rooms, a reception area with a terrace overlooking the Ozark splendor and many more amenities for hosting meetings and groups.
No matter your group size or requirements, Eureka Springs has everything to offer, topped with our laid-back relaxing atmosphere and signature hospitality. When considering Northwest Arkansas, make your meeting extraordinary, consider Eureka Springs.