15 days in Arkansas Itinerary

15 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arkansas trip planner

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Bentonville
— 3 nights
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Jasper
— 2 nights
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Cotter
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mountain View
— 3 nights
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Hot Springs
— 4 nights
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Bentonville

— 3 nights
Primarily known as the home of Walmart’s corporate headquarters, Bentonville embodies small-town America.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Museum of Native American History. Step out of the city life by going to Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari and Devil's Den State Park. Step out of Bentonville with an excursion to War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake in Rogers--about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: have fun and explore at Scott Family Amazeum, examine the collection at Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens, explore the world behind art at 21c Museum, and take an in-depth tour of The Walmart Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bentonville day trip website.

Houston to Bentonville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Houston in August, with highs in Bentonville at 86°F and lows at 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Jasper.

Things to do in Bentonville

Museums · Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Jasper

— 2 nights
Jasper is a city in Newton County, Arkansas, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Emma's Museum of Junk, stroll through Arkansas Grand Canyon, and then make a trip to Spring Street Arts. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead and then hike along Lost Valley Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Jasper road trip website.

You can drive from Bentonville to Jasper in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Cotter.

Things to do in Jasper

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cotter

— 2 nights
Cotter is a city in Baxter County, Arkansas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Buffalo National River. On the next day, Head underground at Mystic Caverns and then head outdoors with Cotter Trout Dock Guided Trout Fishing Tours.

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

Traveling by car from Jasper to Cotter takes 1.5 hours. August in Cotter sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mountain View.

Things to do in Cotter

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Mountain View

— 3 nights
Mountain View is the largest city in and the county seat of Stone County, Arkansas. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ozark Folk Center State Park and Bud Lady Fishing Guide Service. Visiting Mammoth Spring State Park and Greers Ferry Lake will get you outdoors. Step out of Mountain View to go to Greenbrier and see Woolly Hollow State Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. It doesn't end there: Head underground at Blanchard Springs Caverns.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mountain View journey builder tool.

You can drive from Cotter to Mountain View in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Mountain View are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Mountain View

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 in touch with nature at Lake Catherine State Park and Hot Springs Mountain. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mount Magazine State Park and Lake Ouachita. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hot Springs: DeGray Lake Resort State Park (in Bismarck) and Mount Nebo State Park (in Dardanelle). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hot Springs online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mountain View to Hot Springs takes 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Arkansas travel guide

4.5
State Parks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious 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.