4 days in Arkansas & Bastrop Itinerary

4 days in Arkansas & Bastrop Itinerary

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Eureka Springs
— 1 night
Hot Springs
— 1 night
— 1 night
Drive to Monroe Regional Airport, Fly to New York City


Eureka Springs

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and then pause for some photo ops at Christ of the Ozarks. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, look for gifts at The Spice & Tea Exchange, then explore the world behind art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, then get engrossed in the history at The Walmart Museum, and finally walk around Bentonville Town Square.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Eureka Springs online vacation builder.

New York City to Eureka Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Eureka Springs is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
On the 18th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Fordyce Bathhouse, then stop by Bathhouse Soapery, then admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hot Springs tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Eureka Springs to Hot Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Hot Springs sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Bastrop.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping


— 1 night
Bastrop is the largest city and the parish seat of Morehouse Parish, Louisiana. On the 19th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Chemin-A-Haut State Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bastrop day trip planner.

Drive from Hot Springs to Bastrop in 3.5 hours. May in Bastrop sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bastrop

Parks · Nature
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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.