TRAVEL THERE: TROLLEY TOUR IN EUREKA SPRINGS AR
In my travels, I’ve discovered that one of the quickest ways to cover a lot of ground is to hop on-board a bus or trolley and let someone else do the driving. I’ve also run into some people who are violently opposed to these tours, calling them a tourist trap, a waste of money, trite, canned and any number of other things. Would I rather have the time to investigate all the things myself? Of course! But if I don’t have the time to do it “properly” then I’m grateful for the “canned” tour.
Local Guide Enhances Tour
Actually, I’ve found most of these tours are narrated by someone who is a local and who loves the place I’m visiting. That was particularly true in Eureka Springs. Our tour guide was born and raised in Eureka Springs, worked in law enforcement and used to play Pilate out at the Great Passion Play. (I’m guessing he didn’t lip sync.)
We’d heard bits and pieces of the local history, legends and myths by the time we took the tour, but our guide presented them in an orderly fashion that made sense out of them. Most of what I’ve told you over the last few weeks concerning the history of the town comes from this tour.
No Getting Lost
Another thing I love about tours is that they know their way around. Even with a GPS giving you directions, it’s easy to get lost when you’re trying to navigate a new place – especially if that new place is somewhere as twisty and turny as Eureka Springs. Besides, even if you do know your way around or it’s a particularly easy find your way, driving while sightseeing is hard to do – especially if you’re the driver. On the tour, Deb and I both got to enjoy ourselves rather than one of us having to drive and the other having to navigate.
Besides the excellent information on the tour, we got some amazing pictures. I think I’ve already told you everything important you need to know about the town’s history, so I think I’ll shut up and let you enjoy the scenery. If you ever take the tour, you may notice that all of these pictures came from one side of the street, Deb got the other side, but when I wrote this, I we hadn’t shared our pictures, yet. Be sure and come back next week and I’ll tel you about our favorite meal in Eureka Springs.