18 days in Arkansas Itinerary

18 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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18 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Start: Little Rock
1
Little Rock
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hot Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Paris
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Eureka Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Compton
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Mountain View
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Little Rock

2
nights
Little Rock

Little Rock ©
Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
Appreciate the collections at Museum Of Discovery and Old State House Museum. Heifer Village (Heifer International) and Esse Purse Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, get a sense of history and politics at Arkansas State Capitol, appreciate the history behind Testament: The Little Rock Nine Monument, and admire the landmark architecture of William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Little Rock trip planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Little Rock. In July, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Little Rock

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum
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Museum Of Discovery ©
Museum Of Discovery
Heifer Village (Heifer International) ©
Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum ©
Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum

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 and learn at Riley Art Glass Studio and Artists' Workshop Gallery. Anthony Chapel and Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hot Springs: DeGray Lake Resort State Park (in Bismarck) and Mount Nebo State Park (in Dardanelle). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Grand Promenade, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, immerse yourself in nature at Lake Catherine State Park, and get your game on at 4D Adventure.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hot Springs attractions planner.

Drive from Little Rock to Hot Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Hot Springs are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Mount Nebo State Park
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Anthony Chapel ©
Anthony Chapel
Ouachita National Forest ©
Ouachita National Forest
Mount Nebo State Park ©
Mount Nebo State Park

2
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Paris

Paris ©
Paris is a city in Logan County, Arkansas, United States, and serves as the county seat for the northern district of Logan County; its southern district counterpart is Booneville. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower Park Paris Arkansas, then hike along Mount Magazine State Park, and then do a tasting at Chateau Aux Arc Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the world of politics at Logan County Courthouse, then do a tasting at Mount Bethel WInery, then learn about winemaking at Post Winery, and finally explore and take pictures at Cox Berry Farm & Nursery.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Paris

Wineries Trails Wildlife

Side Trips

Altus, Cox Berry Farm & Nursery
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Mount Magazine State Park ©
Mount Magazine State Park
Mount Bethel WInery ©
Mount Bethel WInery
Logan County Courthouse ©
Logan County Courthouse

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.
Visiting Cosmic Cavern and Blue Spring Heritage Center will get you outdoors. Head to Iris at the Basin Park and The Birdcagefor plenty of shopping. Explore Eureka Springs' surroundings by going to War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake (in Rogers), Pea Ridge National Military Park (in Garfield) and Bentonville (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Amazeum, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, get engrossed in the history at Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway, and identify plant and animal life at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Eureka Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Eureka Springs takes 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Compton.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bentonville, Cosmic Cavern, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake
Highlights from your plan
Scott Family Amazeum ©
Scott Family Amazeum

2
nights
Compton

Compton ©
On the 27th (Sat), hike along Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead and then hike along Lost Valley Hiking Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Triple Falls, then don't miss a visit to Spring Street Arts, then see the interesting displays at Emma's Museum of Junk, and finally identify plant and animal life at Arkansas Grand Canyon.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Compton holiday builder site .

Drive from Eureka Springs to Compton in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Compton are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mountain View.

Things to do in Compton

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Jasper, Ponca
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Emma's Museum of Junk ©
Emma's Museum of Junk
Arkansas Grand Canyon ©
Arkansas Grand Canyon

3
nights
Mountain View

Mountain View ©
Mountain View is the largest city in and the county seat of Stone County, Arkansas. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Buffalo National River. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Blanchard Springs Caverns, then immerse yourself in nature at Ozark Folk Center State Park, and then stroll through Blanchard Springs Recreation Area.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mountain View trip planner .

Traveling by car from Compton to Mountain View takes 2 hours. July in Mountain View sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 68°F at night. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mountain View

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Blanchard Springs Caverns, Buffalo National River, Old Independence Regional Museum
Highlights from your plan
Buffalo National River ©
Buffalo National River
Ozark Folk Center State Park ©
Ozark Folk Center State Park
Blanchard Springs Caverns ©
Blanchard Springs Caverns

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