17 days in Arkansas Itinerary

17 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arkansas attractions planner
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Bentonville
— 3 nights
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Fort Smith
— 3 nights
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Harrison
— 3 nights
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Mountain View
— 2 nights
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Little Rock
— 5 nights
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Bentonville — 3 nights

Primarily known as the home of Walmart’s corporate headquarters, Bentonville embodies small-town America.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Pea Ridge National Military Park. Take a break from the city and head to War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake and Hobbs State Park. Go for a jaunt from Bentonville to Gentry to see Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at 21c Museum, get curious at Scott Family Amazeum, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Native American History, and contemplate the long history of Peel Museum & Botanical Garden.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bentonville trip planner.

New York City to Bentonville is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New York City to Bentonville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fort Smith.
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Fort Smith — 3 nights

Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. Get a sense of the local culture at Fort Smith National Cemetery and Miss Laura's Visitor Center. Kids will enjoy Queen Wilhelmina State Park and Fort Smith Museum of History. Get out of town with these interesting Fort Smith side-trips: Lake Fort Smith State Park (in Mountainburg), Mount Magazine State Park (in Paris) and Devil's Den State Park (in West Fork). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Fort Smith National Historic Site.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fort Smith trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Bentonville to Fort Smith in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Bentonville in July, expect nights in Fort Smith to be about the same, around 73°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 93°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Harrison.
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Harrison — 3 nights

Harrison is a city in Boone County, Arkansas, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Cosmic Cavern and Arkansas Grand Canyon. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Buffalo National River and Cotter Trout Dock Guided Trout Fishing Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Osage Clayworks in Alpena (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: Head underground at Mystic Caverns and see the interesting displays at Emma's Museum of Junk.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Harrison road trip planning site.

Getting from Fort Smith to Harrison by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Fort Smith in July, things will get little chillier in Harrison: highs are around 88°F and lows about 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mountain View.
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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 1st (Mon): explore the activities along Greers Ferry Lake and then cast your line with Bud Lady Fishing Guide Service. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Blanchard Springs Caverns, stroll around Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, and then admire the majestic nature at Ozark Folk Center State Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mountain View road trip site.

Drive from Harrison to Mountain View in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Little Rock.
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Little Rock — 5 nights

The Rock

Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
Attractions like Pinnacle Mountain State Park and Museum Of Discovery make great kid-friendly stops. Get some cultural insight at The Old Mill and The Galaxy Connection. Change things up with these side-trips from Little Rock: Hot Springs (Hot Springs Mountain, Grand Promenade, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Heifer Village (Heifer International), get a sense of history and politics at Old State House Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, and admire the striking features of William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Little Rock online vacation planner.

You can drive from Mountain View to Little Rock in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In August in Little Rock, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Arkansas travel guide

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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.
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