12 days in Arkansas Itinerary

12 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arkansas tour itinerary builder

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West Memphis
— 1 day
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Hot Springs
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mountain View
— 1 night
Drive
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Cotter
— 1 night
Drive
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Eureka Springs
— 4 nights
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West Memphis

— 1 day
West Memphis is the largest city in Crittenden County, Arkansas, United States. On the 21st (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Sultana Disaster Museum and then try to win big at Southland Casino Racing.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the West Memphis journey builder site.

Chicago to West Memphis is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, West Memphis is somewhat warmer than Chicago - with highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in West Memphis

Fun & Games · Casinos · Museums

Side Trip

Hot Springs

— 5 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.
Explore Hot Springs' surroundings by going to The Old Mill (in North Little Rock) and Little Rock (Quapaw Quarter, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Anthony Chapel, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and contemplate the long history of Fordyce Bathhouse.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hot Springs trip maker tool.

Getting from West Memphis to Hot Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. May in Hot Springs sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mountain View.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mountain View

— 1 night
Mountain View is the largest city in and the county seat of Stone County, Arkansas. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Ozark Folk Center State Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Blanchard Springs Caverns, then snap pictures at Swinging Bridge, and finally walk around Blanchard Springs Recreation Area.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mountain View visit planner.

Getting from Hot Springs to Mountain View by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Hot Springs in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 55°F in Mountain View. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Cotter.

Things to do in Mountain View

Parks · Nature · Museums · Nightlife

Side Trip

Cotter

— 1 night
Cotter is a city in Baxter County, Arkansas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get outside with Papa Bill's White River Trout Guide Service, then admire the engineering at Bull Shoals Dam, and then see what you can catch with Cotter Trout Dock Guided Trout Fishing Tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cotter route maker website.

You can drive from Mountain View to Cotter in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Cotter

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Eureka Springs

— 4 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Eureka Springs: Bentonville (Museum of Native American History, The Walmart Museum, &more) and Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead (in Ponca). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, look for all kinds of wild species at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, take a stroll through Eureka Springs Historical Downtown, and explore the activities along Beaver Lake.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Eureka Springs trip planner.

Getting from Cotter to Eureka Springs by car takes about 2 hours. In May in Eureka Springs, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Arkansas travel guide

4.5
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.