Posted on May 2nd, 2011
Not far from Branson and nestled in one of the most rugged areas of the Ozark Mountains lies the unique town of Eureka Springs, AR. Secluded and peaceful with winding mountainside streets, Eureka Springs has a flair all it’s own. Historic hotels, unique bed and breakfasts,country inns, boutiques, fine art galleries, one-of-a-kind shops, craft emporiums, spas, museums and restaurants combine to make Eureka Springs an unusual and charming place to experience. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Eureka Springs as one of its “Dozen Distinctive Destinations.” Streets are lined with Victorian homes hugging cliffsides, and the entire downtown area is on the National Register of Historic Places.
In the 1800’s, the natural springs around the Eureka Springs area had a reputation as a destination for people seeking health remedies. Several old Native American legends tell of a Great Healing Spring in the waters of Eureka Springs.
This reputation continued as Europeans arrived and the waters of the springs gained a reputation of having magical powers. Within a short time Eureka Springs was transformed into a flourishing city, spa, and tourist destination.
Eureka Springs has a unique and eclectic mix of people and lifestyles. The city is proud of its reputation as a diversity haven for those of all walks of life. The town is a popular destination for artists, motorcyclists, poets, church groups, and sculptors from around the world.
Eureka Springs is about 50 miles from Branson. For driving directions, or for more information on Eureka Springs, give us a call at DiscoverBranson.com.