4 days in Alabama, Mississippi & Arkansas Itinerary

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Orange Beach
— 1 day
Drive to Fort Morgan, Ferry to Dauphin Island
Dauphin Island
— 1 night
— 1 night
Hot Springs
— 1 night


Orange Beach — 1 day

Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gulf Shores Public Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Tampa to Orange Beach is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tampa in November, with highs in Orange Beach at 70°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dauphin Island.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Side Trip

Dauphin Island — 1 night

Dauphin Island is a town in Mobile County, Alabama, United States, on a barrier island of the same name (split by the Katrina Cut), at the Gulf of Mexico. On the 6th (Sun), stroll through Bellingrath Gardens and Home, steep yourself in history at Fort Gaines, and then identify plant and animal life at Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary.

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Getting from Orange Beach to Dauphin Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry. In November, daytime highs in Dauphin Island are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Natchez.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip

Natchez — 1 night

Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Stanton Hall, steep yourself in history at Rosalie Mansion, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary Basilica.

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Traveling by car from Dauphin Island to Natchez takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In November in Natchez, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Hot Springs.
Historic Sites · Museums

Hot Springs — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Lake Catherine State Park and then pause for some serene contemplation at Anthony Chapel.

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Traveling by car from Natchez to Hot Springs takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Natchez in November: highs in Hot Springs hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Alabama travel guide

Military Museums · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Historic Sites
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.

Mississippi travel guide

Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.

Arkansas travel guide

State Parks · Art Museums · Historic 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.