12 days in Arkansas Itinerary

12 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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12 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly + Drive:  5​h
1
Murfreesboro
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hot Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Morrilton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Mountain View
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Eureka Springs
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Austin

1
night
Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro ©
Murfreesboro is a city in, and the county seat of, Pike County, Arkansas, United States. On the 28th (Sat), have some family-friendly fun at Dino Dig. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Crater of Diamonds State Park and then explore the activities along Lake Greeson.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Murfreesboro day trip planner.

Austin to Murfreesboro is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Austin in September, expect Murfreesboro to be slightly colder, temps between 88°F and 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Murfreesboro

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Crater of Diamonds State Park ©
Crater of Diamonds State Park
Dino Dig ©
Dino Dig

4
nights
Hot Springs

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zipline and Mid-America Science Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Hot Springs: Little Rock (Arkansas State Capitol & William J. Clinton Presidential Library). Next up on the itinerary: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Bathhouse Soapery.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hot Springs online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Murfreesboro to Hot Springs takes 1.5 hours. September in Hot Springs sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Morrilton.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Little Rock
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Room Escape Games
Zipline
Mid-America Science Museum ©
Mid-America Science Museum

1
night
Morrilton

Morrilton ©
Morrilton is a city in Conway County, Arkansas, United States, less than northwest of Little Rock. On the 4th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cedar Falls Trail, then immerse yourself in nature at Petit Jean State Park, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Barnyard Friends Peting Zoo.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Morrilton attractions planning app .

You can drive from Hot Springs to Morrilton in 1.5 hours. In October in Morrilton, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mountain View.

Things to do in Morrilton

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Petit Jean State Park ©
Petit Jean State Park
Cedar Falls Trail ©
Cedar Falls Trail
Barnyard Friends Peting Zoo ©
Barnyard Friends Peting Zoo

1
night
Mountain View

Mountain View ©
Mountain View is the largest city in and the county seat of Stone County, Arkansas. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see a show at Ozark Folk Center State Park, stroll around Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, then explore the fascinating underground world of Blanchard Springs Caverns, and finally take in the views from Swinging Bridge.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mountain View trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Morrilton to Mountain View takes 2 hours. In October in Mountain View, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Mountain View

Parks Nature Nightlife

Side Trip

Blanchard Springs Caverns
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Blanchard Springs Caverns ©
Blanchard Springs Caverns
Ozark Folk Center State Park ©
Ozark Folk Center State Park

4
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.
Explore Eureka Springs' surroundings by going to Bentonville (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Walmart Museum, & more), Buffalo National River (in Harrison) and Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel (in Bella Vista). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thorncrown Chapel, stroll through Lost Valley Hiking Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, and contemplate the waterfront views at Beaver Lake.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Eureka Springs road trip site .

Drive from Mountain View to Eureka Springs in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bentonville, Ponca, Buffalo National River, Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel
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Thorncrown Chapel ©
Thorncrown Chapel
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge ©
Buffalo National River ©
Buffalo National River

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