31 days in Arkansas Itinerary

31 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arkansas route planner
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Eureka Springs
— 5 nights
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Harrison
— 4 nights
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Mountain View
— 3 nights
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Hot Springs
— 8 nights
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Mena
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 3 nights
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Fayetteville
— 5 nights
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Eureka Springs — 5 nights

Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, the whole town of Eureka Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Leatherwood and Fishing Charters & Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Cosmic Cavern (in Berryville), Rogers (Hobbs State Park & War Eagle Mill) and Pea Ridge National Military Park (in Garfield). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, stroll through Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, appreciate the history behind Christ of the Ozarks, and Head underground at Onyx Cave Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Eureka Springs trip itinerary builder website.

Columbus to Eureka Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Columbus to Eureka Springs. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Harrison.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trips

Harrison — 4 nights

Harrison is a city in Boone County, Arkansas, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Buffalo National River and Lost Valley Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Harrison: Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead (in Ponca), Bull Shoals Dam (in Bull Shoals) and Arkansas Grand Canyon (in Jasper). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Maplewood Cemetery, get outside with Cotter Trout Dock Guided Trout Fishing Tours, Head underground at Mystic Caverns, and explore the activities along Wild Bill's Outfitter.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Harrison sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Eureka Springs to Harrison takes 1.5 hours. October in Harrison sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mountain View.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips

Mountain View — 3 nights

Mountain View is the largest city in and the county seat of Stone County, Arkansas. Discover out-of-the-way places like Blanchard Springs Recreation Area and Ozark Folk Center State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Mountain View side-trips: Fairfield Bay Marina (in Fairfield Bay), Natural Bridge (in Clinton) and Woolly Hollow State Park (in Greenbrier). There's still lots to do: cast your line with Bud Lady Fishing Guide Service, explore the fascinating underground world of Blanchard Springs Caverns, explore the activities along Greers Ferry Lake, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mossy Bluff Buckeye Trail.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mountain View itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Harrison to Mountain View takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Hot Springs.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips

Hot Springs — 8 nights

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 Grand Promenade and Lake Ouachita. Get out of town with these interesting Hot Springs side-trips: Little Rock (Museum Of Discovery, William J. Clinton Presidential Library, &more), P. Allen Smith's Garden Home (in Roland) and Mount Nebo State Park (in Dardanelle). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Lake Catherine State Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anthony Chapel, take in panoramic vistas at Hot Springs Mountain Tower, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hot Springs day trip tool.

You can drive from Mountain View to Hot Springs in 3 hours. October in Hot Springs sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Mena.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Mena — 2 nights

Mena is a city in Polk County, Arkansas, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Rich Mountain Firetower, immerse yourself in nature at Queen Wilhelmina State Park, and then examine the collection at Mena Kansas City Southern Depot. Keep things going the next day: take an unorthodox tour of Board Camp Crystal Mine, then stroll through Albert Pike Recreation Area, and then immerse yourself in nature at Cossatot River State Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Mena trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Mena takes 2 hours. In October in Mena, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Paris.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Paris — 3 nights

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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mount Magazine State Park and Post Winery. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Pig Trail National Scenic Byway (in Ozark) and Bell Park (in Greenwood). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Chateau Aux Arc Winery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, ponder the world of politics at Logan County Courthouse, and make a trip to Eiffel Tower Park Paris Arkansas.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Paris visit planner.

Traveling by car from Mena to Paris takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fayetteville.
Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trips

Fayetteville — 5 nights

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Fayetteville and Lake Fort Smith State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Fayetteville: Bella Vista (Tanyard Creek Nature Trail & Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel), Miss Laura's Visitor Center (in Fort Smith) and Bentonville (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Frank Lloyd Wright's Bachman-Wilson House, &more).

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fayetteville trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Paris to Fayetteville in 2 hours. Traveling from Paris in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 47°F in Fayetteville. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Arkansas travel guide

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State Parks · Art Museums · History Museums
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.