12 days in Southwest Arkansas Itinerary

12 days in Southwest Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Arkansas trip planner

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Hot Springs
— 5 nights
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Mena
— 2 nights
Drive
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Murfreesboro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Texarkana
— 2 nights
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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.
Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at Hot Springs National Park. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Garvan Woodland Gardens, explore the activities along Lake Ouachita, trek along Grand Promenade, and pause for some serene contemplation at Anthony Chapel.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hot Springs holiday planner.

Dallas to Hot Springs is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Dallas in October, Hot Springs is a bit cooler at night with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mena.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Mena

— 2 nights
Mena is a city in Polk County, Arkansas, United States. On the 26th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Mena Kansas City Southern Depot and then admire the majestic nature at Cossatot River State Park. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Rich Mountain Firetower and then take a memorable drive along Queen Wilhelmina State Park.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Mena journey website.

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Mena takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in October, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Murfreesboro.

Things to do in Mena

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Murfreesboro

— 2 nights
Murfreesboro is a city in, and the county seat of, Pike County, Arkansas, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Greeson and then immerse yourself in nature at Daisy State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Klipsch Museum of Audio History, then stop by Hawkins General Store, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Crater of Diamonds State Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Murfreesboro trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mena to Murfreesboro takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Texarkana.

Things to do in Murfreesboro

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Texarkana

— 2 nights
Texarkana is the largest city and the county seat of Miller County, Arkansas, United States. On the 30th (Sat), browse the fresh offerings at 1894 City Market, take in the exciting artwork at 1894 Gallery, and then ponder the world of politics at State Line Post Office and Federal Building. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Bobby Ferguson Park and then see the interesting displays at Four States Auto Musuem.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Texarkana trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Murfreesboro to Texarkana in 1.5 hours. October in Texarkana sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Texarkana

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites