11 days in Franklin, Arkansas & Memphis Itinerary

11 days in Franklin, Arkansas & Memphis Itinerary

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11 days in Franklin, Arkansas & Memphis Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Franklin
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
2
Eureka Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Fayetteville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Little Rock
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: Atlanta


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1
night
Franklin

Franklin ©
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
On the 8th (Wed), explore the galleries of Carter House and then browse the exhibits of Lotz House Museum.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Franklin tour planner.

Atlanta to Franklin is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Atlanta to Franklin due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Franklin

Museums Historic Sites
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Carter House ©
Carter House
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum

2
nights
Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs ©
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 9th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Blue Spring Heritage Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thorncrown Chapel, shop like a local with Cosmic Cavern, then wander the streets of Eureka Springs Historical Downtown, and finally stroll through Basin Spring Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, immerse yourself in nature at Roaring River State Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Eureka Springs trip itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Franklin to Eureka Springs in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Franklin, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Eureka Springs, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fayetteville.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Roaring River State Park, Cosmic Cavern
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St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church ©
St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church
Roaring River State Park ©
Roaring River State Park
Cosmic Cavern ©
Cosmic Cavern

2
nights
Fayetteville

Fayetteville ©
Fayetteville is the third-largest city in Arkansas and county seat of Washington County. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, get engrossed in the history at Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Fayetteville Confederate Cemetery, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at National Cemetery.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fayetteville journey planner .

Getting from Eureka Springs to Fayetteville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May in Fayetteville, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
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Shiloh Museum of Ozark History ©
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
National Cemetery
National Cemetery

2
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire the striking features of Anthony Chapel, then immerse yourself in nature at Lake Catherine State Park, and then stroll through Grand Promenade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Artists' Workshop Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Charlton Recreation Area, and then admire the majestic nature at DeGray Lake Resort State Park.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hot Springs day trip planning site .

You can drive from Fayetteville to Hot Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Fayetteville in May since evenings lows in Hot Springs dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Little Rock.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

DeGray Lake Resort State Park
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Anthony Chapel ©
Anthony Chapel
DeGray Lake Resort State Park ©
DeGray Lake Resort State Park
Grand Promenade ©
Grand Promenade

2
nights
Little Rock

Little Rock ©
Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
Escape the urban bustle at Delta Rivers Nature Center and Woolly Hollow State Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Little Rock Central High School and The Old Mill. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Arkansas Governor's Mansion, ponder the world of politics at Arkansas State Capitol, stroll the grounds of Mount Holly Cemetery, and get your bearings at William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Little Rock driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Little Rock in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May in Little Rock, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Little Rock

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

The Old Mill, Woolly Hollow State Park, Delta Rivers Nature Center
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The Old Mill ©
The Old Mill
Arkansas Governor's Mansion ©
Arkansas Governor's Mansion

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night
Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Memphis trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Little Rock to Memphis by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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