12 days in Chicago & Hot Springs Itinerary

12 days in Chicago & Hot Springs Itinerary

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12 days in Chicago & Hot Springs Itinerary

Start: Chicago
1
Chicago
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
2
Hot Springs
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Chicago

5
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb), Silver Beach Carousel (in Saint Joseph) and South Bend (Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in the waterfront at Navy Pier, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, and engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chicago trip maker site .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Chicago. In August, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

South Bend, Silver Beach Carousel, Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field

5
nights
Hot Springs

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hot Springs: Dickey-Stephens Park (in North Little Rock), Petit Jean State Park (in Morrilton) and Little Rock (Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site & William J. Clinton Presidential Library). Next up on the itinerary: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, explore the activities along Lake Ouachita, contemplate the long history of Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center), and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hot Springs online trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Chicago to Hot Springs in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect nights in Hot Springs to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 90°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Little Rock, Ron Coleman's Crystal Mine, Petit Jean State Park, Dickey-Stephens Park
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Anthony Chapel ©
Anthony Chapel
Garvan Woodland Gardens ©
Garvan Woodland Gardens

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