10 days in Arkansas & Hilo Itinerary

10 days in Arkansas & Hilo Itinerary

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Eureka Springs
— 1 night
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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Fly to Kona, Bus to Hilo
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Hilo
— 6 nights
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Eureka Springs

— 1 night

Little Switzerland of America

Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, the whole town of Eureka Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thorncrown Chapel, appreciate the history behind Christ of the Ozarks, then take in the exciting artwork at The Birdcage, and finally take a stroll through Eureka Springs Historical Downtown. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, then walk around Bentonville Town Square, then explore the world behind art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Walmart Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Eureka Springs trip itinerary planner.

Chicago to Eureka Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hot Springs

— 2 nights

Valley of the Vapors

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ouachita, then admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Anthony Chapel, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Hot Springs Mountain Tower.

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Getting from Eureka Springs to Hot Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. June in Hot Springs sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Hilo

— 6 nights

America's Wettest City

One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
Akaka Falls State Park has been added to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Kailua-Kona (Mauna Kea, Kipuka Pu’u Huluhulu, &more), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, Kilauea Iki Trailhead, &more) and Kona Coffee Living History Farm (in Captain Cook). There's lots more to do: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, explore and take pictures at Saddle Road, look for all kinds of wild species at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

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Do a combination of flight and bus from Hot Springs to Hilo in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. While traveling from Hot Springs, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hilo, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Arkansas travel guide

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State Parks · Art Museums · Historic Sites
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.