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Mar/Apr 2012 Issue

Create an escape to new Art Trail

Spring in the Ozarks is an exceptional season with blooming dogwood and redbud trees lining the roadways and hills. What better time to explore northwest Arkansas’s new trail, which combines this natural beauty with art.

The Arkansas Art Trail debuted last fall and includes 10 stops, such as the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Beginning in Eureka Springs, the trail is organized in three sections. Each takes about a day to see. Hotels and inns are suggested along the way, and travelers can experience the entire trail in three to seven days, according to Rachael Moyer, chief executive officer of Historica Consulting, organizers of the art trail.

“Our trail features breathtaking vistas, mountain views, nationally significant sites, and natural settings,” Moyer said.

For more information, visit the site, To plan a trip to Eureka Springs, visit your nearest AAA service office for a TourBook®, TripTik®, and maps.

Get a grip on air fare add-ons

Travel consumers will have fewer surprises when checking in at the airport thanks to new U.S. Department of Transportation rules concerning airline tickets.

Effective since January, the rules require airlines to include checked bag fees when a ticket is booked and paid for online. Airlines also must now disclose complete fares–including taxes and fees–in all advertising. In addition, passengers must be given a 24-hour grace period for changing an airline reservation.

Many airlines are crying foul, but consumer advocates say the rules will create an informed traveling public.


A Eureka Springs gallery. Arkansas Tourism


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