HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Space still is available for Travel South's
series of pre- and post-fam tours, according to Sheila Helton, the
organization's marketing coordinator. There are two pretours that
begin in Little Rock, Ark., on Feb. 20 and wrap up in Hot Springs
on Feb. 23.
The first, called Boom: Southern Arkansas History Explodes,
visits Little Rock, El Dorado, Old Washington State Park, DeGray
Lake Resort State Park and other sites. While in the capital city,
travelers will take in the Old State House, the Arkansas Museum and
the current capitol building.
will head to the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame in Pine Bluff
and then the town of El Dorado. Also on tap are trips to Texarkana,
the only U.S. town located in two states, and Old Washington
Historic State Park. Participants wrap up the fam tour with a
diamond dig at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, a stop at DeGray
Lake Resort State Park and then the Ouachitas region.
The second fam, titled Arkansas -- North by Northwest, explores
Little Rock, the Ozark Mountains, Eureka Springs, Bella Vista and
other cities. The trip kicks off at Murray's Dinner Playhouse, and
the next morning, participants head to the Ozarks.
In Eureka Springs, guests will attend "The Great Passion Play,"
lunch at the Crescent Hotel & Spa and stop at the Thorncrown
Chapel. Visits to the Wal-Mart Museum in Bentonville; the Daisy
(B-B Gun) Factory in Rogers, and Thorncrown's sister, the Cooper
Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista, round out the itinerary.
There are three post-fam tours that visit Louisiana, Mississippi
and Tennessee. Each departs from Hot Springs on Feb. 27 and wraps
up March 3. The Louisiana and Mississippi itineraries return to Hot
Springs and then take participants to the Little Rock Airport,
while the Tennessee tour ends in Memphis.
The Louisiana Ladies, Legends and Lagniappe program heads to
Natchitoches, Shreveport, Bossier City and Ruston. Travelers start
at Melrose Plantation in Natchitoches, then head to Shreveport and
Bossier City, where participants take in the museums, shops and
local music scene.
The Over the River Delta and Through the Hills to Mississippi We
Go tour takes visitors to Tunica, Oxford, Tupelo and Greenville
among other cities. Tunica's casinos; Oxford, the home of author
William Faulkner and the University of Mississippi, and Tupelo, the
birthplace of Elvis Presley, are highlights.
Participants will experience the music of the region with stops
in Greenwood, Cleveland and Clarksdale. The Tennessee -- Sounds
Good to Me: Memphis & Jackson tour is a three-city itinerary
that begins in Humboldt to explore an art museum.
Next on the agenda is Jackson and its Casey Jones Village
attraction. Participants will keep busy in Memphis with stops at
the Mississippi River Museum & Park at Mud Island, the National
Civil Rights Museum, Sun Studio and the Gibson Guitar Factory. The
tour winds down with visits to the home of the king -- Graceland --
and Beale Street. The fam trips are priced at $50 per delegate, per