On the Road with Tom and Gloria travel blog

view from Inspiration Point

one of many Victorian homes in Eureka Springs

terrific tour guide

approach to Thorncrown Chapel

Thorncrown Chapel

simply beautiful

Saint Elizabeth church

entry through bell tower

Magnetic Spring

1886 Crescent Hotel


Halfway to Eureka Springs from Bentonville a road sign appeared that said steep and curvy road ahead. They weren't kidding! It was a fun road to drive.

I went directly to the Visitor's Center and signed up for the 2 o'clock van tour of the city. That turned out to be a great idea. The tour was terrific as was the guide.

Our first stop was Thorncross Chapel - 48 feet tall, 425 windows . It was voted fourth on the AIA list of top buildings of the twentieth century. It is a top venue for weddings in the Ozarks.

Second stop was Saint Elizabeth's Catholic Church. The church is unusual because you enter through the bell tower. The inside is smaller than I thought it would be and not ornate at all. Simple country church .

Next we toured the inside of the Crescent Hotel. Built in 1886 and has had many renovations . The last one was in 2002 and it brought the hotel back to it's original splendor.

Our guide took us to a bank museum, one of 62 springs in the area, and drove by Carrie Nation's home. She knows this place inside and out - and loves it.

The entire city of Eureka Springs is on the National Register of Historic Places. Located in the Ozark mountains it is no surprise that the roads are steep and winding. There isn't a traffic light or an intersection - just one big narrow ring around the historic downtown.

I am so glad that I decided to take the tour - it made sense since I am only here for a day. After taking the tour I was even more grateful. I wouldn't have seen much having to keep my eyes on the road every minute. I wouldn't have known what I was looking at anyway.

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