15 days in Arkansas Itinerary

15 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arkansas route planner

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Make it your trip
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West Memphis
— 1 day
Drive
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Mountain View
— 1 night
Drive
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Cotter
— 2 nights
Drive
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Eureka Springs
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fort Smith
— 1 night
Drive
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Morrilton
— 1 night
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Hot Springs
— 5 nights
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West Memphis

— 1 day
West Memphis is the largest city in Crittenden County, Arkansas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): try to win big at Southland Casino Racing.

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

Jacksonville to West Memphis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Jacksonville, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in West Memphis, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mountain View.

Things to do in West Memphis

Casinos · Fun & Games
Highlights from your trip

Mountain View

— 1 night
Mountain View is the largest city in and the county seat of Stone County, Arkansas. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Ozark Folk Center State Park, Head underground at Blanchard Springs Caverns, then snap pictures at Swinging Bridge, and finally stroll around Blanchard Springs Recreation Area.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mountain View trip builder website.

Getting from West Memphis to Mountain View by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: 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 a bit cooler in Mountain View, with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cotter.

Things to do in Mountain View

Parks · Nature · Museums · Nightlife

Side Trip

Cotter

— 2 nights
Cotter is a city in Baxter County, Arkansas, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get outside with Ozark Moonshine Run, get outside with Papa Bill's White River Trout Guide Service, and then take a tour by water with Cotter Trout Dock Guided Trout Fishing Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Buffalo National River.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cotter day trip planning tool.

Drive from Mountain View to Cotter in 1.5 hours. May in Cotter sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Cotter

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Eureka Springs side-trips: Bentonville (Bentonville Town Square, The Walmart Museum, &more), Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel (in Bella Vista) and Daisy Airgun Museum (in Rogers). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thorncrown Chapel, look for all kinds of wild species at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, contemplate the waterfront views at Beaver Lake, and stroll around Basin Spring Park.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Eureka Springs road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cotter to Eureka Springs takes 2 hours. In May in Eureka Springs, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fort Smith.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

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. On the 13th (Thu), indulge in some personalized pampering at Inner Peace Massage and Body Studio, then get outside with Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, then steep yourself in history at Fort Smith National Historic Site, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Smith National Cemetery.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Smith online trip planner.

You can drive from Eureka Springs to Fort Smith in 2 hours. When traveling from Eureka Springs in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Smith: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Morrilton.

Things to do in Fort Smith

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Spas

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 14th (Fri): hike along Seven Hollows Trail, immerse yourself in nature at Petit Jean State Park, and then trek along Cedar Falls Trail.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Morrilton trip planner.

Drive from Fort Smith to Morrilton in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Morrilton can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Morrilton

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hot Springs: Little Rock (Testament: The Little Rock Nine Monument, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, &more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ouachita, get all the information you need at Fordyce Bathhouse, and take in the awesome beauty at Hot Springs Mountain.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hot Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Morrilton to Hot Springs in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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.