13 days in Arkansas & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

13 days in Arkansas & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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13 days in Arkansas & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: Fort Smith
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Mountain View
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Eureka Springs
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
5
Fayetteville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Fort Smith

2
nights
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: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the striking features of Anthony Chapel, and take in panoramic vistas at Hot Springs Mountain Tower.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hot Springs trip itinerary tool .

Fort Smith to Hot Springs is an approximately 3-hour car ride. In July, daily temperatures in Hot Springs can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Mountain View.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Garvan Woodland Gardens ©
Garvan Woodland Gardens
Anthony Chapel ©
Anthony Chapel

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 4th (Thu): stroll through Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, then immerse yourself in nature at Ozark Folk Center State Park, and then Head underground at Blanchard Springs Caverns.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mountain View day trip planning website .

You can drive from Hot Springs to Mountain View in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Mountain View can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Mountain View

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Blanchard Springs Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Blanchard Springs Caverns ©
Blanchard Springs Caverns
Ozark Folk Center State Park ©
Ozark Folk Center State Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Christ of the Ozarks, identify plant and animal life at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, then view the masterpieces at The Birdcage, and finally stroll through Basin Spring Park.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Eureka Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mountain View to Eureka Springs takes 3 hours. July in Eureka Springs sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

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

5
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley, trek along Artist Point, and explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Eureka Springs to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Eureka Springs in July, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fayetteville.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

1
night
Fayetteville

Fayetteville
Fayetteville is the third-largest city in Arkansas and county seat of Washington County. On the 12th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Native American History, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentonville Town Square, then take an in-depth tour of The Walmart Museum, and finally have fun at Arvest Ballpark. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, cool off at Lawrence Plaza Ice Rink and Splash Park, and then admire the masterpieces at 21c Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fayetteville trip app .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Fayetteville in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Fayetteville, with highs around 87°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Museums Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Bentonville, Arvest Ballpark, Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Native American History ©
Museum of Native American History
The Walmart Museum ©
The Walmart Museum

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