15 days in Arkansas Itinerary

15 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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West Memphis
— 1 day
Drive
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Mountain View
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cotter
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Eureka Springs
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Fort Smith
— 1 night
Drive
6
Hot Springs
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Morrilton
— 1 night
Drive to Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field, Fly to Phoenix

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West Memphis

— 1 day
West Memphis is the largest city in Crittenden County, Arkansas, United States. On the 3rd (Mon), try to win big at Southland Casino Racing.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the West Memphis trip itinerary planner.

Phoenix to West Memphis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to West Memphis. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Phoenix in May: high temperatures in West Memphis hover around 79°F and lows are around 60°F. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mountain View.

Things to do in West Memphis

Fun & Games · Casinos
Highlights from your trip

Mountain View

— 2 nights
Mountain View is the largest city in and the county seat of Stone County, Arkansas. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Ozark Folk Center State Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Blanchard Springs Caverns, then snap pictures at Swinging Bridge, and finally walk around Blanchard Springs Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Peace Pole, then hike along Sugar Loaf Mountain National Nature Trail, then trek along Mossy Bluff Buckeye Trail, and finally go for a walk through Collins Creek Cascade.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mountain View road trip planner.

Drive from West Memphis to Mountain View in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from West Memphis in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mountain View, with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cotter.

Things to do in Mountain View

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Cotter

— 2 nights
Cotter is a city in Baxter County, Arkansas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get outside with Ozark Moonshine Run, then head outdoors with Papa Bill's White River Trout Guide Service, and then cast your line with Cotter Trout Dock Guided Trout Fishing Tours. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Buffalo National River.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cotter trip planner.

Getting from Mountain View to Cotter by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Cotter

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Eureka Springs: Bentonville (Orchards Park, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, &more) and Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead (in Ponca). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, head outdoors with Black Jack Adventures, stroll around Basin Spring Park, and pause for some photo ops at Christ of the Ozarks.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Eureka Springs online vacation planner.

You can drive from Cotter to Eureka Springs in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fort Smith.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Fort Smith

— 1 night
Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get outside with Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, examine the collection at Drennan-Scott Historic Site, then steep yourself in history at Fort Smith National Historic Site, and finally stroll the grounds of Fort Smith National Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fort Smith day trip planning site.

Drive from Eureka Springs to Fort Smith in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Eureka Springs in May: highs in Fort Smith hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Fort Smith

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Hot Springs

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hot Springs side-trips: Little Rock (Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, William J. Clinton Presidential Library, &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Garvan Woodland Gardens, get answers to all your questions at Fordyce Bathhouse, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in the awesome beauty at Hot Springs Mountain.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hot Springs planner.

Getting from Fort Smith to Hot Springs by car takes about 3 hours. In May in Hot Springs, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Morrilton.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Morrilton

— 1 night
Morrilton is a city in Conway County, Arkansas, United States, less than northwest of Little Rock. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): hike along Seven Hollows Trail, then admire the majestic nature at Petit Jean State Park, and then trek along Cedar Falls Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Morrilton online holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Morrilton takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Morrilton

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Arkansas travel guide

4.5
State Parks · Art Museums · Historic Sites
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.