15 days in Arkansas Itinerary

15 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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15 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  8​h
1
Hot Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Mountain View
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Eureka Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Fayetteville
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Anthony Chapel and Lake Catherine State Park. Fordyce Bathhouse Vistor Center and Bathhouse Row will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Magazine State Park (in Paris), Little Rock (Esse Purse Museum & Pinnacle Mountain State Park) and Queen Wilhelmina State Park (in Mena). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grand Promenade, view the masterpieces at Artists' Workshop Gallery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Bathhouse Soapery.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hot Springs trip planning tool .

San Francisco to Hot Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Hot Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in September; daily highs in Hot Springs reach 88°F and lows reach 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mountain View.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Little Rock, Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mount Magazine State Park
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Mount Magazine State Park ©
Mount Magazine State Park
Anthony Chapel ©
Anthony Chapel
Queen Wilhelmina State Park ©
Queen Wilhelmina State Park

3
nights
Mountain View

Mountain View ©
Mountain View is the largest city in and the county seat of Stone County, Arkansas. Explore hidden gems such as Ozark Folk Center State Park and Mammoth Spring State Park. Take a break from the city and head to Buffalo National River and Blanchard Springs Caverns. Get out of town with these interesting Mountain View side-trips: Heber Springs (Sandy Beach & Mossy Bluff Buckeye Trail) and Star Falls Lookout (in Cherokee Village). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Plan trip to Mountain View with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Hot Springs to Mountain View in 3 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mountain View when traveling from Hot Springs in September, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Mountain View

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Heber Springs, Buffalo National River, Blanchard Springs Caverns, Mammoth Spring State Park, Star Falls Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Ozark Folk Center State Park ©
Ozark Folk Center State Park
Buffalo National River ©
Buffalo National River
Mammoth Spring State Park ©
Mammoth Spring State Park

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eureka Springs Historical Downtown and Lake Leatherwood. Popular historic sites such as Thorncrown Chapel and Pea Ridge National Military Park are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Eureka Springs: Jasper (Spring Street Arts & Arkansas Grand Canyon), Ponca (Lost Valley Hiking Trail & Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead) and Mystic Caverns (in Harrison). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, walk around Basin Spring Park, look for gifts at Fresh Harvest Tasting Room - Eureka Springs, and get a taste of the local shopping with Cosmic Cavern.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Eureka Springs trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mountain View to Eureka Springs takes 3 hours. In September in Eureka Springs, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fayetteville.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Ponca, Jasper, Mystic Caverns, Cosmic Cavern, Pea Ridge National Military Park
Highlights from your plan
Arkansas Grand Canyon ©
Arkansas Grand Canyon
Pea Ridge National Military Park ©
Pea Ridge National Military Park

3
nights
Fayetteville

Fayetteville ©
Fayetteville is the third-largest city in Arkansas and county seat of Washington County. Step out of the city life by going to Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park and Tanyard Creek Nature Trail. Popular historic sites such as Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel and Fort Smith National Cemetery are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fayetteville: Post Winery (in Altus), Lake Fort Smith State Park (in Mountainburg) and Bentonville (Bentonville Town Square, The Walmart Museum, & more). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Devil's Den State Park and do a tasting at Tontitown Winery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fayetteville trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Eureka Springs to Fayetteville takes 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Fayetteville when traveling from Eureka Springs in September, with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bentonville, Bella Vista, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Lake Fort Smith State Park, Tontitown Winery
Highlights from your plan
Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel ©
Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park ©
Lake Fort Smith State Park ©
Lake Fort Smith State Park

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