4 days in Arkansas & East Coast of USA Itinerary

4 days in Arkansas & East Coast of USA Itinerary

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Hot Springs
Washington DC
— 1 night
Key West
— 2 nights


Hot Springs

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 16th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Hot Springs Mountain Tower and then steep yourself in history at Fordyce Bathhouse.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hot Springs day trip app.

Fort Smith to Hot Springs is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Historic Sites

Washington DC

— 1 night
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and then contemplate the long history of Arlington National Cemetery.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Washington DC road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Hot Springs to Washington DC takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Hot Springs in April, you will find days in Washington DC are slightly colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Key West

— 2 nights

Conch Republic

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
On the 18th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Fort Zachary Taylor, contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery, then visit a coastal fixture at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and finally take a memorable drive along The Overseas Highway.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Key West day trip website.

You can fly from Washington DC to Key West in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Washington DC in April, expect nights in Key West to be much hotter, around 74°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Arkansas travel guide

State Parks · Historic Sites · Art 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.