12 days in Arkansas Itinerary

12 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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12 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
1
Eureka Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Fayetteville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Paris
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Hot Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
West Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Little Rock
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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.
Eureka Springs is known for historic sites, wildlife, nightlife, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thorncrown Chapel, stroll through Basin Spring Park, appreciate the history behind Christ of the Ozarks, and take a stroll through Eureka Springs Historical Downtown.

Discover how to plan a Eureka Springs trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Chicago to Eureka Springs is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Chicago in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Eureka Springs: temperatures range from 48°F by day to 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fayetteville.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Tours Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Thorncrown Chapel ©
Thorncrown Chapel
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge ©
Christ of the Ozarks ©
Christ of the Ozarks

2
nights
Fayetteville

Fayetteville
Fayetteville is the third-largest city in Arkansas and county seat of Washington County. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, get engrossed in the history at Bella Vista Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Native American History, then get engrossed in the history at The Walmart Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Mount Sequoyah, admire all the interesting features of Fayetteville Downtown Square & Gardens, then learn about winemaking at Sassafras Springs Vineyard, and finally learn about winemaking at Tontitown Winery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fayetteville road trip planner .

You can drive from Eureka Springs to Fayetteville in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Fayetteville can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Museums Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Bentonville, Bella Vista, Springdale
Highlights from your plan
Tontitown Winery ©
Tontitown Winery
Museum of Native American History ©

1
night
Paris

Paris ©
Paris is a city in Logan County, Arkansas, United States, and serves as the county seat for the northern district of Logan County; its southern district counterpart is Booneville. On the 8th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Mount Magazine State Park, make a trip to Eiffel Tower Park Paris Arkansas, then learn about winemaking at Chateau Aux Arc Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Post Familie Winery.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paris itinerary planning website .

Getting from Fayetteville to Paris by car takes about 2 hours. December in Paris sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Paris

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trip

Altus
Highlights from your plan
Mount Magazine State Park ©
Mount Magazine State Park
Eiffel Tower Park Paris Arkansas ©

3
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.
Hot Springs is known for historic sites, spas, parks, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anthony Chapel, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the exciting artwork at Riley Art Glass Studio, and sample the fine beverages at Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hot Springs online itinerary planner .

Getting from Paris to Hot Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hot Springs are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to West Memphis.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Anthony Chapel ©
Anthony Chapel
Fordyce Bathhouse Vistor Center ©
Fordyce Bathhouse Vistor Center
Oaklawn Racing & Gaming ©
Oaklawn Racing & Gaming

1
night
West Memphis

West Memphis ©
West Memphis is the largest city in Crittenden County, Arkansas, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): try to win big at Southland Park Gaming and Racing.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the West Memphis tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to West Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 36°F. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Little Rock.

Things to do in West Memphis

Fun & Games Casinos
Highlights from your plan
Southland Park Gaming and Racing ©
Southland Park Gaming and Racing

2
nights
Little Rock

Little Rock ©
Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
On the 13th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Dam Bridge, then don't miss a visit to The Old Mill, then get your bearings at William J. Clinton Presidential Library, and finally pause for some photo ops at Testament: The Little Rock Nine Monument. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then contemplate the long history of Little Rock Central High School, and finally ponder the world of politics at Arkansas State Capitol.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Little Rock route planning site .

Drive from West Memphis to Little Rock in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. December in Little Rock sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Little Rock

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

The Old Mill
Highlights from your plan
Big Dam Bridge ©
Big Dam Bridge

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