Celebrate the genius of American art at two stellar museums as you travel to Arkansas and Missouri with an art historian. 

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Masterpieces of American Art

5 days from $3,950

Celebrate the genius of American art at two stellar museums as you travel to Arkansas and Missouri with an art historian. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Accommodations

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Hotel Raphael

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

The Hotel Raphael is steps from the Country Club Plaza, Kansas City's most stylish district for fashionable shopping, trendy restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and exciting entertainment. The hotel is minutes from the downtown convention and arts district, Sprint Center, Power & Light Entertainment District, and the stunning new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Originally opened in 1928 as the Villa Serena Apartments, the Italian Renaissance Revival-style building was transformed into the elegant Hotel Raphael in 1975, following a renovation that faithfully preserved its historic features while providing for the comforts of contemporary travelers. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Hotel Raphael offers distinctive guest rooms renovated with the unique charm for which the property is acclaimed. Retaining its classic 1920s chic and graceful decor, the expansive guest rooms and suites feature complimentary high-speed wired and wireless Internet access, flat panel HDTV, bathrobes, 24-hour room service, telephones with voicemail, and refreshment centers. There is a small fitness center on site.

Number of nights: 2

21 C Museum Hotel Bentonville

Bentonville, Arkansas, United States

Located on the northeast corner of the Bentonville town square and a short walk from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, this 104-room boutique property features a stunning collection of contemporary art throughout its public spaces. All guest rooms feature modern furniture, high ceilings, and large baths with plush robes and hairdryers. Rooms also feature Internet, flat screen televisions, and coffee makers. A full service restaurant, lounge, and fitness center are on site.

Number of nights: 2

Activity Level

Activity Level 2: Moderate

Expectations: Long touring days with many full-day motor coach excursions. Standing and walking for long periods of time during city tours, museum visits, and/or outdoor activities. Walking over sometimes difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, absence of elevators, climbing aboard trains with high steps); some longer walks to get to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Possible exposure to higher altitudes.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time.)

Reading List

Highly Recommended

An Artist in America 4th Revised Edition
By: Thomas Hart Benton
Hidden History of Eureka Springs
By: Zeller, Joyce
Art in Nature: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
By: DeBerry, Linda
Explorer's Guide Arkansas (2nd Edition) (Explorer's Complete)
By: Wood, Jana

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Thomas Hart Benton: An American Original
By: Henry Adams
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: A History
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Eureka Springs:: City of Healing Waters (Brief History)
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Birds of Arkansas Field Guide (Bird Identification Guides)
By: Tekiela, Stan
Haunted Northwest Arkansas (Haunted America)
By: Steed, Bud
Bloody Ozarks: A History of the Civil War Years in Northwest Arkansas
By: Johnson, G. W.
30x48 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (30x48 Laminated)
Travel Insurance

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