31 days in Arkansas Itinerary

31 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arkansas tour builder

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Fort Smith
— 4 nights
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Bella Vista
— 3 nights
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Eureka Springs
— 6 nights
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Harrison
— 3 nights
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Mountain View
— 3 nights
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Hot Springs
— 6 nights
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Murfreesboro
— 3 nights
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Fort Smith

— 4 nights
Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. Bring the kids along to Fort Smith National Historic Site and Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Fort Smith side-trips: Lake Fort Smith State Park (in Mountainburg), Pig Trail National Scenic Byway (in Ozark) and Mount Magazine State Park (in Paris). There's lots more to do: get outside with Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, stroll through Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, contemplate the long history of Miss Laura's Visitor Center, and immerse yourself in nature at Devil's Den State Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Fort Smith route planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Fort Smith is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Fort Smith, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Fort Smith, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Bella Vista.

Things to do in Fort Smith

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Bella Vista

— 3 nights
Bella Vista is a city in Benton County, Arkansas. When in Bella Vista, make a side trip to see Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari in Gentry, approximately Gentry away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, explore the landscape on two wheels at Back 40, Head underground at Old Spanish Treasure Cave, and pause for some photo ops at Veterans Wall of Honor.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Bella Vista tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Fort Smith to Bella Vista in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Fort Smith in October, expect nights in Bella Vista to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Bella Vista

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Eureka Springs

— 6 nights

Little Switzerland of America

Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, the whole town of Eureka Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Kids will enjoy Thorncrown Chapel and The Walmart Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Eureka Springs side-trips: Cosmic Cavern (in Berryville) and Bentonville (Museum of Native American History & Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art). There's still lots to do: stroll through Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, pause for some photo ops at Christ of the Ozarks, explore the historical opulence of Quigley's Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Eureka Springs road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bella Vista to Eureka Springs takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Eureka Springs are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Harrison.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Harrison

— 3 nights
Harrison is a city in Boone County, Arkansas, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Cotter Trout Dock Guided Trout Fishing Tours (in Cotter) and Ponca (Lost Valley Trail & Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead). Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Buffalo National River. The adventure continues: get outside with Ozark Moonshine Run.

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You can drive from Eureka Springs to Harrison in 1.5 hours. In October in Harrison, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mountain View.

Things to do in Harrison

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Mountain View

— 3 nights
Mountain View is the largest city in and the county seat of Stone County, Arkansas. Family-friendly places like Blanchard Springs Recreation Area and Ozark Folk Center State Park will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Mountain View side-trips: Woolly Hollow State Park (in Greenbrier) and Greers Ferry (Bud Lady Fishing Guide Service & Greers Ferry Lake). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Blanchard Springs Caverns.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mountain View tour app.

Drive from Harrison to Mountain View in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Mountain View

Parks · Nature · Nightlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hot Springs

— 6 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Spas and Zipline. Explore Hot Springs' surroundings by going to Little Rock (Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site & William J. Clinton Presidential Library). Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Hot Springs National Park. The adventure continues: get answers to all your questions at Fordyce Bathhouse, examine the collection at The Galaxy Connection, take in panoramic vistas at Hot Springs Mountain Tower, and take in nature's colorful creations at Garvan Woodland Gardens.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hot Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mountain View to Hot Springs in 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Murfreesboro.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Murfreesboro

— 3 nights
Murfreesboro is a city in, and the county seat of, Pike County, Arkansas, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Crater of Diamonds State Park and Board Camp Crystal Mine. Change things up with these side-trips from Murfreesboro: Rowdy Adventures (in Okolona) and Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines (in Mount Ida). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Greeson and admire the majestic nature at Daisy State Park.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Murfreesboro trip planning site.

Drive from Hot Springs to Murfreesboro in 1.5 hours. October in Murfreesboro sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Murfreesboro

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Arkansas travel guide

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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.