11 days in Missouri & Arkansas Itinerary

11 days in Missouri & Arkansas Itinerary

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11 days in Missouri & Arkansas Itinerary

Start: Hastings
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Hannibal
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Hot Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Bentonville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Branson
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Camdenton
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Kansas City
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
End: Hastings


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Hannibal

Hannibal ©
Hannibal is a city in Marion and Ralls counties in the U.S. On the 28th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Rockcliffe Mansion, then contemplate the long history of Mark Twain Boyhood Home, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hannibal day trip app .

Hastings to Hannibal is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Hastings to Hannibal. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hastings in June; daily highs in Hannibal reach 85°F and lows reach 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Hannibal

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mark Twain Boyhood Home ©
Mark Twain Boyhood Home
Rockcliffe Mansion ©
Rockcliffe Mansion

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 29th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Saint Louis Art Museum, admire all the interesting features of Grant's Farm, have fun and explore at The Magic House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Charles Historic District, and finally identify plant and animal life at Sachs Butterfly House. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Saint Louis Zoo, engage your brain at Saint Louis Science Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Saint Louis online road trip planner .

You can drive from Hannibal to Saint Louis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Sachs Butterfly House, St. Charles Historic District
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St. Charles Historic District ©
St. Charles Historic District
Saint Louis Science Center ©
Saint Louis Science Center

1
night
Hot Springs

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
On the 1st (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Artists' Workshop Gallery, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, hike along Grand Promenade, then make a trip to Bathhouse Row, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hot Springs National Park and then stop by Dapper & Debonaire.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hot Springs road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Saint Louis to Hot Springs takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Hot Springs sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bentonville.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Zipline
Hot Springs National Park ©
Hot Springs National Park
Grand Promenade ©
Grand Promenade

1
night
Bentonville

Bentonville ©
Primarily known as the home of Walmart’s corporate headquarters, Bentonville embodies small-town America.
On the 3rd (Wed), explore the world behind art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, witness the site of a historic battle at Pea Ridge National Military Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Native American History, then explore the world behind art at 21c Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Walmart Museum.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bentonville tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Bentonville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Hot Springs in July, expect nights in Bentonville to be about the same, around 69°F, while days are slightly colder, around 87°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Bentonville

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pea Ridge National Military Park, Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel
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Pea Ridge National Military Park ©
Pea Ridge National Military Park
Museum of Native American History ©
Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel ©

2
nights
Branson

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then identify plant and animal life at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, then trek along Table Rock Lakeshore Trail, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Talking Rocks Cavern, then identify plant and animal life at National Tiger Sanctuary, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Branson trip planner .

Getting from Bentonville to Branson by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in Branson, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Camdenton.

Things to do in Branson

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

National Tiger Sanctuary, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
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Zipline
National Tiger Sanctuary ©
National Tiger Sanctuary
Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery ©

1
night
Camdenton

Camdenton ©
Camdenton is a city in Camden County, Missouri, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): Head underground at Stark Caverns, choose your vessel at Boat Rentals, stop by Harmy's Cheese Store & More, LLC, then explore the fascinating underground world of Bridal Cave, and finally admire the majestic nature at Ha Ha Tonka State Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Camdenton online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Branson to Camdenton in 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Branson in July since evenings lows in Camdenton dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Camdenton

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Harmy's Cheese Store & More, LLC, Stark Caverns
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Bridal Cave ©
Bridal Cave
Ha Ha Tonka State Park ©
Ha Ha Tonka State Park
Stark Caverns ©
Stark Caverns

1
night
Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): meet the residents at Kansas City Zoo, then browse the collection at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Arabia Steamboat Museum, and finally examine the collection at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Kansas City online road trip planner .

Getting from Camdenton to Kansas City by car takes about 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Camdenton in July since evenings lows in Kansas City dip to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
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Harry S. Truman Library and Museum ©
Arabia Steamboat Museum ©
Arabia Steamboat Museum
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum ©
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

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