Rita and the MINI Cooper, Talimena Scenic Byway near Mena, Arkansas.
About the Talimena Scenic Byway: From Mena to Tahlequah, Oklahoma is only about 54 miles. You could easily drive it in an hour and a half. But if you like to pull off to see the scenic views, read about the historic points of interest, and hike a short nature trail or two, it could easily take all day. And if you add the side roads, state parks, and recreation areas, you could easily spend a week here.
There are few tourist supplies up on the route, so if you're starting at the eastern end, Mena, Arkansas is a good place to pick up anything you might need.