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Arkansas Pictures of Eureka Springs ~ Refreshing Step Back in Victorian Time

Updated on September 4, 2016


Eureka Springs


Eureka Springs, Arkansas is one of the most unique towns one could ever hope to find. The entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located in the northwest part of Arkansas and is situated amidst the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Eureka Springs offers a refreshing step back into time.

My mother and I visited Eureka Springs a number of years ago and only spent two nights there. If we were to go back, I would certainly allow many more days in which to take in more of the attractions and allow time to soak up the ambiance of this area.

Victorian styled houses, from the tiniest of cabins to larger mansions predominate by way of the type of buildings that are there to be seen. Many of these were built before 1900 and some of them are open for tours.

Most of the public buildings were rebuilt years ago using native limestone after earlier fires destroyed them.



Queen Anne Mansion in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The Queen Anne Mansion in Eureka Springs
The Queen Anne Mansion in Eureka Springs | Source

Eureka Springs, Arkansas scenery

Common speed limit sign found in Eureka Springs
Common speed limit sign found in Eureka Springs | Source
Victorian homes abound
Victorian homes abound | Source
Flower in the town park
Flower in the town park | Source
Painted on side of downtown building
Painted on side of downtown building | Source
Hotel and spa in town
Hotel and spa in town | Source

Thorncrown Chapel interior

Inside partial view of Thorncrown Chapel
Inside partial view of Thorncrown Chapel | Source

The historic Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs - One of the most haunted hotels in the United States

In the front lobby of the Crescent Hotel
In the front lobby of the Crescent Hotel | Source
Horse drawn carriage rides offered at the Crescent Hotel
Horse drawn carriage rides offered at the Crescent Hotel | Source
Morris the Cat
Morris the Cat | Source
In memory of Morris...
In memory of Morris... | Source


The town's population is small (around 2,000 + or -) but tourism swells the numbers of people enjoying the sites at any given time.


There are a great number of lodgings that can accommodate travelers and these vary from cute little bed and breakfast inns to motor lodges to the large and historic and haunted Crescent Hotel where spirits can keep one company.


Trolleys are offered to move people through various parts of the town and transportation is accessible from almost every lodging site and other designated areas.


One is encouraged to make use of these trolleys which are color coded, depending upon which area one wishes to see. They run, on average, about every 30 minutes and can be boarded at a number of stops throughout the town.


There are few parking spots in this town and the streets loop around the historic buildings with a number of circuitous U, V and S twists and turns. Believe it or not, there is not one perpendicular street crossing!


The speed limit through town is 10 and 15 miles per hour in many places.


Considering that these buildings were originally constructed during horse and buggy days and automobiles were not yet in existence, it reminded me of some of the European villages that I have visited where the buildings and roads are more pedestrian friendly and automobiles simply have to cope with the more narrow spaces.


Naturally occurring fresh mineral water springs are located in Eureka Springs and in the early days some people attributed these waters with having curative powers. As the word spread, more and more people sought these so-called cures and an industry developed.


The railroad could bring health seekers and vacationers to Eureka Springs, and the elegant bathhouses and hotels took care of their needs. The trolleys, also in existence in those days, moved people from one location to the next.


The band shell in the town park provided a venue for musical entertainment.


Much of this remains today as it was in those earlier days.


One can relax and enjoy mineral baths, sauna treatments and massages.


In this historic town, one will not find any chain stores.


Shopping can be an adventure and a pleasure. Among the treasures to be found are more than 20 art galleries among other unique stores.


There are a great number of museums in Eureka Springs. Included among others are the following:


Gay Nineties Button and Doll Museum

Hammond Museum of Bells

Bible Museum near The Great Passion Play

Harp's Doll Museum

Miles Musical Museum


There are other sites in and around Eureka Springs that are worth a visit.


Christ of the Ozarks and The Great Passion Play brings in thousands of visitors annually.


Thorncrown Chapel is well worth a visit! I have expanded on this subject in another post. My mother and I loved the serene setting of the glass and steel enclosed building set into the midst of a wooded area.


We also visited the Natural Bridge which was a subject of a Ripley's "Believe it or not" column. Pivot Rock, another one of Ripley's points of interest can be found in the same area. The top of the rock is 15 times as large at the top as the base upon which it rests.


Visiting Thorncrown Chapel as well as Natural Bridge and Pivot Rock lead us into the wooded settings of the beautiful Ozarks which surround Eureka Springs.


There are nearby lakes which offer aquatic activities such as swimming, boating and fishing.


My mother and I chose to stay at the Swiss Village Inn while in Eureka Springs which is a little outside the downtown area. We were very happy with the amenities.


One evening we chose to dine at Cafe Luigi which an ad stated was "Recommended by National Geographic Traveler." Delicious Italian cuisine is their specialty. We dined while seated at their outdoor patio fully enjoying the experience.


We were kept busy with only two days to be spent in this lovely and charming area.


If I was back there right now, I would sign up for "The Works" at the Palace Hotel and Bath House. We toured the facility but did not have the time to devote to being pampered as we had more sightseeing we wanted to do. I kept the list of their rates and services and in the year 1995, the year of our visit, this is what $59.00 would have purchased:


Whirlpool mineral bath in a claw-footed tub (All baths are drained and sanitized after each use)

Eucalyptus steam treatment in a wood barrel used at the turn of the century

Clay mask treatment

1 hour Swedish massage given by a state licensed therapist

Ah........doesn't this sound heavenly?


Eureka Springs offers a definite step back into the time of another slower paced era where one can be refreshed by nature, the mineral waters, pampering at the spas and so much more.


Real photos of Eureka Springs artistically enhanced with computer art colors...Nice!

Crescent Hotel is haunted...

Photos taken in the town of Eureka Springs while aboard the Trolley

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Victorian houseTrolley ticket stub enabling one to get all around town easilyTown scenery - Notice the abundance of limestone used in construction of these buildings.In town scenery...Just one of many Victorian styled houses
Victorian house
Victorian house | Source
Trolley ticket stub enabling one to get all around town easily
Trolley ticket stub enabling one to get all around town easily | Source
Town scenery - Notice the abundance of limestone used in construction of these buildings.
Town scenery - Notice the abundance of limestone used in construction of these buildings. | Source
In town scenery...
In town scenery... | Source
Just one of many Victorian styled houses
Just one of many Victorian styled houses | Source
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Natural Bridge outside of Eureka Springs

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Hiking in a wooded setting to get to view Pivot RockNatural BridgeBeautiful area!
Hiking in a wooded setting to get to view Pivot Rock
Hiking in a wooded setting to get to view Pivot Rock | Source
Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge | Source
Beautiful area!
Beautiful area! | Source

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi GmaGoldie,

      So happy to know that you enjoyed this hub...even the information about the cat in the Crescent Court Hotel that is reputed to be haunted.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 3 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Peggy,

      Delightful - right down to the cat! Thank you!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Anil and Honey,

      Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed this information and the many photos of this beautiful place.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi CyberShelley,

      Eureka Springs would offer you that and more! I hope you do get to visit it sometime and get to bask in its unique setting. Thanks for your votes and the share.

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      Anil 3 years ago from Kerala

      Nice dear, photos are more interesting and beautiful, I like pictures and I expect more from you like this.

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      Wow Peggy, what a beautiful, interesting, amazing town. Somewhere I would love to visit and bask in its tranquility and the gentility flowing from days gone by. Up, interesting, beautiful and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Vicki,

      I just read and enjoyed your hub about Mount Sequoyah. It looks beautiful. Will happily link your hub to this one about Eureka Springs. Thanks for your comment.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Good job, Peggy, on showing the uniqueness of Eureka Springs. I'm going to link this to my hub I'm about to publish on Mount Sequoyah, in Fayetteville. Sound good?

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alicia,

      Not only is the architecture interesting in Eureka Springs, but the topography and scenery makes it extra special. Of course most people were originally drawn there because of the healing waters of the spas, etc. I think that you would enjoy a visit there.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very enjoyable hub, Peggy! I would love to visit Eureka Springs. It looks like a very interesting and photogenic place. The architecture is lovely.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Vinaya,

      Thanks for your comment and enjoy your trip to the USA whenever you come. Eureka Springs will undoubtedly look the same long into the future. That is part of its charm.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruchira,

      If you like small towns that have preserved much of the past, you will LOVE Eureka Springs! It is so very charming and quaint. Thanks for your comment.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      One day I will visit your part of the world.

      I enjoyed reading this hub. Your pictures are great.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Peggy,

      I have not been to this part of the country. But, would like to in the near future and would love to visit this town 'cause small cities have preserved their culture and their sanctity in many ways. Would love to get a taste of it....cheers!

      Thanks for such an informative hub. loved reading about it

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello moonlake,

      Nice that you have also visited Eureka Springs. Your family certainly lives in a beautiful part of Arkansas! Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello sarovai,

      Glad that you liked learning about Eureka Springs, Arkansas. People have been going to places like this for years due to the healthful waters. The great abundance of Victorian homes also makes this a visual feast for the eyes. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      One of the things that I would have loved to indulge while in Eureka Springs was one of their baths and massages but we did not have the time to spare. If I ever return, it is on my agenda! Nice to know that you and Rose would like a place like this. It is truly quaint, scenic and has much to offer tourists as well as the towns-people living there. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I've been there and it is pretty. I have family in North West Arkansas. Enjoyed your hub.

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      sarovai 5 years ago

      Mineral springs has the curative medicines. Because naturally it contains sulphur, which is mostly used as medicine , either in one or other form. Thank u for sharing about the Eureka springs, Arkansas.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      This is my kind of place to visit. Love things like band concerts in the park and the band shells. Museums look interesting. Rose would take up residence in a doll museum, I think.We were in the Ozarks just before the Clinton administration as I was supposed to be transferred to Huntsville,AL. We had car trouble going to Huntsville and turned back toward home but drove through the Ozarks. The Huntsville thing was cancelled by Clinton.

      The Passion Play reminds me of a friend who went to see one in the Black Hills. He came back complaining that it was some sort of religious thing.Not a church going type.

      voted up and across,except for funny.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Art 4 Life,

      You are fortunate to live about 35 minutes away from Eureka Springs, Arkansas. What a beautiful part of the country...muchless unique town. As you say, Eureka Springs is a "truly magical place..." Thanks for the visit and comment from someone who knows about this place intimately.

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      Art 4 Life 7 years ago from in the middle of nowhere....

      I live about 35 minutes away from Eureka Springs, it's one of my favorite places to go...I love to sit in the park and people watch...you described it beautifully...it is a truly magical place...

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mike,

      Thanks for checking out my hub about Eureka Springs and leaving a comment. It truly is a special place.

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      I was briefly there once. It is indeed a beautiful place, and I have some nice photographs from my time there. Thanks for posting.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Tom,

      Glad you liked this one, Tom. Will look forward to reading more of yours. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      tomdhum 8 years ago from memphis tn

      Glad that you looked at my hub. THANKS! The hub on Eureka Springs Arkansas is great. LOL Tom

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Hammerj,

      We all cannot live in such a place...wouldn't be room for all of us, alas! However...nice to know that they exist and that we can visit them in person or with photos. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Hammerj 8 years ago from Cebu City

      Wow this is wonderful..i really like it...how i wish to have a place like this...

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi frogyfish,

      My mother and I have always enjoyed each other's company when on vacation together. She would no longer be able to do all that walking so am happy that we did it while she could. We have our memories!

      Thanks for the comment and hope you get to go back to Eureka Springs as you wish. I would enjoy a re-visit as well.

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      frogyfish 8 years ago from Central United States of America

      I was there briefly a long time ago and have always wanted to go back. You have tempted me well! Beautiful scenery, homes, and your mom looks like a fun vacationer too!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi kiwi91,

      I am happy to let fellow hubbers know if links are not functioning and would hope they do the same for me.

      As to Arkansas, we were traveling to meet a friend and used this as an excuse to see what we could while passing through the state. We were really surprised at the great beauty of the State of Arkansas. So.....just sharing some insights with the rest of you who may not know of these sights and things to experience while there. Our experiences were nothing more than an introduction as to the wonders of the state and it's offerings.

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      kiwi91 8 years ago from USA

      I would never have thought of Arkansas much of a travel destination, but between the Hot Springs and interesting small towns like these, I'd definitely reconsider. Great photos that you've added to the hub, they really add to it.

      (BTW, thanks for letting me know about the disabled Youtube video, I just changed it).

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jeff,

      Maybe this will be the encouragement you need! Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      Jeffrey Penn May 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Thanks for showing me an area I've "been meaning to visit" for about thiry years... still haven't. I've been nearly everywhere in the Missouri Ozarks, and some in Arkansas, but not the hot springs. Maybe sometime...

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi James, Happy to be able to introduce Eureka Springs to you. We also liked Hot Springs. Your home must really be something!!! Would be fun to live in something that historic. Thanks for your comment.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      WOW! What a unique place! I spent a few days in Hot Springs recently—my first ever visit there—and I was so enthralled I seriously thought about moving there. My next trip to Arkansas will definitely include Eureka Springs. I live in a Victorian house—the oldest house in Orlando, built in 1882. Thank you for this fine visit.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rochelle, Aren't road trips fun! We made several road trips with my parents and I have memories...but in every case, I would love to re-visit as an adult. Would undoubtedly see things in a different light. Your memories of Eureka Springs are unique and memorable in their own way. Next time I look at a salad with loads of cherry tomatoes, I'll be thinking of you. LOL

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      Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country

      I visited Eureka Springs in 1960- I was on a cross-country road trip with my parents and we stopped to visit an old neighbor who had a motel and antique shop there.

      I really don't remember the town, but we did stop at a lovely Catholic church in the woods, and we ate at a resturant that looked like a log cabin. I remember the salad. It was piled so high with cherry tomatoes that it looked like a dessert. Thanks for all of the photos.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi JamaGenee,

      OK Pete.....if you are reading....here is another confirmation for you regarding Eureka Springs being worth a visit. Thanks JamaGenee!

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      Joanna McKenna 8 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Pete Maida - Eureka Springs is definitely *not* a tourist trap!

      Peggy, I only wish my daughter and I could've stayed longer. Charming!  We were there because a "friend" who grew up in the Ozarks told Ol' Flatlander here it was the shortest route to Daughter's college in Conway (AR).  For a mountain goat maybe...  But if I ever go there again, I'll never leave.  Did I mention how charming it is???  Definitely a trip back in time!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lee Ann,

      Am sure you could also tell Pete that Eureka Springs is DEFINITELY worth a visit. We loved it and would like to go back someday if our travels ever take us to that part of the country again. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pete,

      This one is not a typical tourist trap. Really unusual and as stated, no chain stores. Oh sure........you'd be able to buy Eureka Springs t-shirts and postcards in some shops, but for the most part, the buildings that are open offer unique things, many handmade by artisans in the area, for example.

      My mother and I stuck to seeing the more natural things.......toured the town seeing the buildings with the most unusual streets.....via the trolley.......getting on and off at will. We also went out into the adjacent countryside looking at Thorncrown Chapel and Natural Bridge and Pivot Rock. The natural surroundings are spectacular!

      I know what you mean about most places that really ARE tourist traps being over-run with stores that sell cheap items indistinguishable from every other place of interest.

      This one differs!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel,

      I believe they have more Victorian houses in Eureka Springs than anyplace else...all in one limited location. You would love it there since you like seeing this type of housing. Yes........I thought the title fit..........a step back in time. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Melody,

      Glad you liked this.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello kiran, Isn't traveling via the Internet fun? Like you, I have definitely found places that I would like to visit in other parts of the world. If you come this direction, you will either be on a year + long journey...or have some serious decisions to make as to which part of the country to visit. Our National Parks alone would keep you busy for a long time.

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      Lee Ann Murphy 8 years ago from Neosho

      Great article on one of my favorite places!

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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      The tourist traps have the same common theme. They have some kind of special attraction surrounded by streets of tourist shops. I've seen them in Blowing Rock, NC, Red Ridge, PA, and Carmel, CA and after you get beyond the attraction it is hard to tell them apart.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I love those Victorian American houses, This looks such a charming place. A step back in time. What an unusual place and perfect for a great hub

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      Melody Lagrimas 8 years ago from Philippines

      Another great adventure, Peggy, thanks a lot.

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      kiran8 8 years ago from Mangalore, India

      Lovely place, i am dying to visit all those places you write about....Thanks a lot for all these interesting and useful information :)

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Candie, One could be a perpetual traveler and not see everything that there is to see. Glad that you liked this "tour" and thanks for the comment.

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      This is a beautiful town!! There are way too many places I've never been in this country and maybe someday I'll get to a few of them, this being one! Thank you for taking us on a tour!