11 days in Kentucky, Tennessee & Arkansas Itinerary

11 days in Kentucky, Tennessee & Arkansas Itinerary

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11 days in Kentucky, Tennessee & Arkansas Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Louisville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Bowling Green
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Nashville
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Hot Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Eureka Springs
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Newark

1
night
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): sample the fine beverages at Kentucky Artisan Distillery, then see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, then steep yourself in history at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), and finally Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Louisville journey planner.

Newark to Louisville is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. In June in Louisville, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Kentucky Artisan Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©

2
nights
Bowling Green

Bowling Green ©
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. On the 2nd (Thu), hike along Cedar Sink Trail, then Head underground at Mammoth Cave, and then explore the activities along Green River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Tall Man's Misery, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then stroll through Fat Man's Misery.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bowling Green online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Louisville to Bowling Green takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Mammoth Cave National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery
Cedar Sink Trail ©
Cedar Sink Trail

2
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 4th (Sat), examine the collection at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, and finally get your game on at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill). On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Plantation, see the interesting displays at RCA Studio B, and then see the interesting displays at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nashville tour builder website .

You can drive from Bowling Green to Nashville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©

1
night
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 6th (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at The Galaxy Connection, then stroll through Anthony Chapel, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Hot Springs trip builder site .

You can fly from Nashville to Hot Springs in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. In July, daily temperatures in Hot Springs can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Tours Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Anthony Chapel ©
Anthony Chapel
Room Escape Games
Zipline

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel and then look for all kinds of wild species at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Eureka Springs road trip app .

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Eureka Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Hot Springs in July, expect nights in Eureka Springs to be about the same, around 69°F, while days are slightly colder, around 87°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge ©
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
Thorncrown Chapel ©
Thorncrown Chapel

3
nights
Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pigeon Forge: Ramsey Cascades (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Zipline (in Hartford). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction, trek along Alum Cave Trail, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge sightseeing tool .

Getting from Eureka Springs to Pigeon Forge by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. July in Pigeon Forge sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Hartford
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

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