The drive from Tulsa to Eureka Springs is full of unique cities and stopping points to make a pretty neat day trip. The drive time is around 2 hours and 45 minutes but with places to stretch your legs and stop to eat, this 149 mile drive can make for a great day of acting like a tourist.
The first stop along the route is a town called Chouteau, Oklahoma. It is located around 39 miles from Tulsa along the Historic KATY Railroad. Chouteau has a large Amish population. When passing through the city, head over to the Amish Cheese House. This establishment has over 40 varieties of cheese from traditional flavors like Swiss to unusual pairings like Horseradish Cheddar. Boar’s Head deli meat is also sampled and sold in the store. The Amish Cheese House has been a family owned business since 2000. They are open from 9:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday and 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday. Another great stop in Chouteau is Ropp’s Farm and Bakery offering made from scratch baked goods and located off Highway 412.
Forty nine miles down the road from Chouteau is the town of Siloam Springs, Arkansas. This family friendly city is abundant with natural beauty. Be sure to check out the Siloam Springs Whitewater Recreation Park. With no admission fee to enter, it’s a great place to get out and walk around and enjoy the fresh air. The park is open from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. It is located along the Illinois River and offers specially designated riverbank access. There is a climbing boulder, picnic area, rain garden and walking trails.
As your drive continues on to Eureka Springs, 25 miles from Siloam Springs is Springdale, Arkansas. A must see stop in this town is one of Arkansas’ premier visitor locations, the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks. Sitting on 86 acres and located on the south edge of the city, there are plenty of walking areas, a butterfly house and a children’s play area called the Tyson Chicken Coop. Just west of Springdale, six miles down the road is The Tontitown Winery. Set in the Taldo House which was built in 1917, this winery only uses locally grown grapes for their wines. The winery is open six days a week and offers free tastings.
The last leg of the trip is only 41 miles to Eureka Springs from Springdale. Eureka Springs is a town full of activities for the whole family. From ziplining to horseback riding, hiking trails and outdoor recreation, all ages will find an activity to keep them busy. The town’s Historic District is lined with plenty of shopping and dining and a number of art galleries showcasing the many works of art from the artists living in the area. There are also shows like The Great Passion Play and The Illusionist and the Medium and nightly ghost tours at the Crescent Hotel. When making arrangements to stay in Eureka Springs, look no further than Arsenic and Old Lace B&B on Hillside Avenue. A stay in a bed and breakfast makes for a quiet and relaxing way to start and end each day when touring this charming town.
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