13 days in Northwest Arkansas & Brainerd Itinerary

13 days in Northwest Arkansas & Brainerd Itinerary

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Fayetteville
— 2 nights
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Drive to Fort Smith Regional Airport, Fly to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport / Wold–Chamberlain Field, Drive to Brainerd
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Brainerd
— 4 nights
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Drive to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport / Wold–Chamberlain Field, Fly to Springfield Branson National Airport, Drive to Harrison
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Harrison
— 2 nights
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Eureka Springs
— 4 nights
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Fayetteville — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): walk around Orchards Park, explore the world behind art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and then trek along Slaughter Pen Hollow Multi-Use Trail System. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Bentonville Town Square, then take an in-depth tour of The Walmart Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Native American History, and finally stroll through Tanyard Creek Nature Trail.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Fayetteville trip planner.

New York City to Fayetteville is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New York City to Fayetteville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in October since evenings lows in Fayetteville dip to 47°F. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Brainerd.
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Brainerd — 4 nights

Brainerd is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States. Explore Brainerd's surroundings by going to Lake Itasca (Mississippi Headwaters & Itasca State Park), Circle of Time (in Walker) and World's Largest Muskie (in Nevis). Fill the 7th (Fri) with the natural beauty at Jay Cooke State Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the landscape on two wheels at Paul Bunyan State Trail, look for gifts at Loide' Oils & Vinegars, and take an in-depth tour of Soo Line Depot Museum.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Brainerd trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fayetteville to Brainerd. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Fayetteville in October: high temperatures in Brainerd hover around 56°F and lows are around 38°F. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Harrison.
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Harrison — 2 nights

Harrison is a city in Boone County, Arkansas, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): examine the collection at Emma's Museum of Junk, trek along Lost Valley Trail, and then trek along Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Buffalo National River.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Harrison visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Brainerd to Harrison. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Brainerd in October; daily highs in Harrison reach 73°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Eureka Springs.
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Eureka Springs — 4 nights

Little Switzerland of America

Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, the whole town of Eureka Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rogers (Hobbs State Park & War Eagle Mill) and Pea Ridge National Military Park (in Garfield). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thorncrown Chapel, step into the grandiose world of Quigley's Castle, appreciate the history behind Christ of the Ozarks, and get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Eureka Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Harrison to Eureka Springs in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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