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Fort Smith Arkansas Autumn Foliage

Featuring the Cherokee Nation, Ozark Folk Center and the A & M Railroad

7 DAYS • 14 MEALS Explore two of America's unique cultures in one trip. First, learn about the history and way of life of the Cherokee Nation. Then immerse yourself in a truly Ozark experience, with live music, Victorian homes, and a scenic rail journey through the Ozark Mountains during leaf peeping season.
This tour departs from the Chicagoland/Wisconsin Area

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The Mayflower Tours Way
  • Free home or local pickup and return
  • 14 Meals (5 dinners, 3 lunches and 6 breakfasts)
  • Spend 3 nights in Fort Smith, Arkansas and meet “Miss Laura”
  • Tour the Fort Smith Visitor Center, a lovingly restored Bordello
  • Visit Fort Smith National Historic Site, home of famed Judge Parker
  • Dinner and live entertainment by Miss Laura’s Players
  • Touring in the Cherokee Nation including Sequoyah’s Cabin, the Greek revival-style George Murrell Home and the Cherokee Heritage Center to learn of the “Trail of Tears”
  • Narrated tour of Fort Smith with its Historic District and future site of the U.S. Marshals Museum
  • Enjoy a scenic excursion aboard the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad through the mighty Arkansas River Valley and majestic Boston and Ozark Mountains
  • Included lunch and tour at Clayton House, the Victorian home of the Judge Parker’s Prosecuting Attorney
  • Visit the Fort Smith Museum of History, dedicated to preserving the region’s rich history
  • Narrated tour of Fayetteville to see Bill and Hillary Clinton’s first ome and visit Terra Studios known for their Blue Bird of Happiness glass figurines
  • Spend 1 night in The Ozark Folk Center State Park cabins
  • Includes Ozark dinner and live musical entertainment
  • Engage in two Hands-On Experience Workshops at the Ozark Folk Center
  • Farewell dinner at Lambert’s café, Home of the Throwed Rolls
  • $35 in Mayflower Money
Day One — Depart We travel south today and enjoy a welcome dinner and overnight in Missouri. Dinner Day Two — Meet Fort Smith’s “Miss Laura” Arriving in Fort Smith, Arkansas today our first stop is at “Miss Laura’s Social Club,” now the town’s Visitor Center. We’ll meet Miss Laura herself, tour the Victorian mansion and hear how this former bordello has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. At the Fort Smith National Historic Site you can walk where soldiers drilled, pause along the Trail of Tears and stand where justice was served by Judge Issac C. Parker. Tonight, Miss Laura’s Players present the comedy skit entitled The Medicine Show for our evening enjoyment. Breakfast and dinner Day Three — Touring Oklahoma’s Cherokee Nation Today we venture into Oklahoma, the heart of the Cherokee Nation. Our first stop is at the cabin of Sequoyah, the man credited with creating the written word of the Cherokee people. After an included lunch at the Restaurant of the Cherokee we pay a visit to the George Murrell Home. Built in 1845, this Greek Revival-style house was home to Murrell and his wife Minerva, the daughter of a wealthy and influential Cherokee family. Later, we come to the Cherokee Heritage Center. Visit the Ancient Village, tour the galleries of the Cherokee National Museum and see the “Trail of Tears” exhibit. On the National Register of Historic Places, it is a premier cultural center of Cherokee tribal history, culture and the arts. Breakfast and lunch Day Four — Arkansas & Missouri Railroad A local guide joins us this morning for a narrated tour of Fort Smith. The Historic District includes the Brigadier General William O. Darby Monument, the Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves Memorial and the future site of the U.S. Marshals Museum. Then, we climb aboard the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad for the journey through the mighty Arkansas River Valley and the majestic Boston and Ozark Mountains. Back in Fort Smith, we are treated to lunch at the Clayton House followed by a tour of this Victorian home of the Judge Parker’s Prosecuting Attorney. We visit the Fort Smith Museum of History dedicated to preserving the region’s history before our included Italian dinner tonight. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Day Five — Fayetteville and Mountain Home In Fayetteville, a local guide joins us for a driving tour. See Ridge House, the town’s oldest standing home built in 1836, pass the first Wal-Mart ever built, the first home of Bill and Hillary Clinton and walk the infamous “Trail of Tears.” Before lunch we stop at Terra Studios to see where the “Blue Birds of Happiness” are made. Later, we come to the Ozark town of Mountain Home where we check into our cabins. Tonight, dinner and live musical entertainment is in The Ozark Folk Center State Park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Day Six — Ozark Folk Center We begin today with a hearty Ozark buffet breakfast before engaging in two hands-on workshop experiences. A variety of workshops are offered including Corn Shuck Angel making, candle-making, wire jewelry and an apothecary soap bunny experience. In Sikeston, our farewell dinner is at Lambert’s Café, Home of the Throwed Rolls. Breakfast and dinner Day Seven — Travel Home Today, we travel home from our Arkansas adventure. Breakfast
Day One La Quinta Inn, Springfield, Missouri Days Two through Four Hampton Inn, Fort Smith, Arkansas Day Five The Cabins at Dry Creek, Mountain Home, Arkansas Day Six Drury Inn, Sikeston, Missouri
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October 15, 2017 $1,549 add $519 Available
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Tour Activity Level
LEVEL 3: A blend of longer and shorter days on this program with more walking tours mixed with some periods of standing. Expect more of the touring to be over uneven surfaces or involve stairs.