12 days in Branson & Arkansas Itinerary

12 days in Branson & Arkansas Itinerary

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12 days in Branson & Arkansas Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Branson
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Bentonville
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Little Rock
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
On the 27th (Fri), Head underground at Sequiota Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Branson journey planner.

Chicago to Branson is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Chicago in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Branson, with highs around 48°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°F. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bentonville.

Things to do in Branson

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Sequiota Park
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Sequiota Park ©
Sequiota Park

3
nights
Bentonville

Bentonville ©
Primarily known as the home of Walmart’s corporate headquarters, Bentonville embodies small-town America.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has been added to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bluff Dwellers Cave and Frank Lloyd Wright's Bachman-Wilson House. Get outdoors at Tanyard Creek Nature Trail and Slaughter Pen Hollow Multi-Use Trail System. Step out of Bentonville with an excursion to Old Spanish Treasure Cave in Sulphur Springs--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: walk around Bentonville Town Square and take an in-depth tour of The Walmart Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bentonville trip itinerary site .

Getting from Branson to Bentonville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Bentonville sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 31°F at night. You will leave for Hot Springs on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Bentonville

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Old Spanish Treasure Cave, Tanyard Creek Nature Trail, Bluff Dwellers Cave
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Bentonville Town Square ©
Bentonville Town Square
Bluff Dwellers Cave ©
Bluff Dwellers Cave
Tanyard Creek Nature Trail ©
Tanyard Creek Nature Trail

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hot Springs National Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hot Springs holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Bentonville to Hot Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Bentonville in December, expect Hot Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 55°F and 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Little Rock.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hot Springs National Park ©
Hot Springs National Park
Lake Catherine State Park ©
Lake Catherine State Park
Medical Arts Building ©
Medical Arts Building

5
nights
Little Rock

Little Rock ©
Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mount Holly Cemetery and National Cemetery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and Woolly Hollow State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Little Rock: Ozark-St. Francis National Forests (in Russellville), The Bay Trails (in Fairfield Bay) and Delta Rivers Nature Center (in Pine Bluff). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park, see the interesting displays at Jacksonville Museum of Military History, witness the site of a historic battle at Reed's Bridge Battlefield, and admire the striking features of H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Little Rock trip planner .

You can drive from Hot Springs to Little Rock in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. January in Little Rock sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Little Rock

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jacksonville, Scott, Cane Creek State Park, Delta Rivers Nature Center, Collins Creek Cascade
Highlights from your plan
Mount Holly Cemetery ©
Mount Holly Cemetery
Woolly Hollow State Park ©
Woolly Hollow State Park

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