48 days in Arkansas Itinerary

48 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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West Memphis
— 3 nights
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Jonesboro
— 2 nights
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Mountain View
— 4 nights
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Cotter
— 2 nights
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Ponca
— 3 nights
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Eureka Springs
— 9 nights
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Fayetteville
— 6 nights
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Fort Smith
— 5 nights
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Morrilton
— 2 nights
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Hot Springs
— 11 nights
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West Memphis

— 3 nights
West Memphis is the largest city in Crittenden County, Arkansas, United States. Get out of town with these interesting West Memphis side-trips: Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash (in Dyess), Parkin Archeological State Park (in Parkin) and Hampson Archeological Museum State Park (in Wilson). And it doesn't end there: try to win big at Southland Casino Racing, stroll the grounds of Helena Confederate Cemetery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Village Creek State Park, and see the interesting displays at Sultana Disaster Museum.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the West Memphis road trip app.

Little Rock to West Memphis is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daytime highs in West Memphis are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Jonesboro.

Things to do in West Memphis

Museums · Nature · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Jonesboro

— 2 nights
Jonesboro is a city in Craighead County, Arkansas, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Craighead Forest Park, identify plant and animal life at Forrest L Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center, and then contemplate the long history of Parker Pioneer Homestead. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Davidsonville Historic State Park, then get engrossed in the history at Eddie Mae Herron Center, and then stroll around Guitar Walk.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Jonesboro trip site.

Traveling by car from West Memphis to Jonesboro takes 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Jonesboro can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Mountain View.

Things to do in Jonesboro

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mountain View

— 4 nights
Mountain View is the largest city in and the county seat of Stone County, Arkansas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mountain View: Gravity BrewWorks (in Big Flat), Heber Springs (Collins Creek Cascade & Mossy Bluff Buckeye Trail) and City Rock Bluff (in Calico Rock). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Blanchard Springs Caverns, see a show at Ozark Folk Center State Park, walk around Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, and stroll through David's Trail.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Mountain View trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Jonesboro to Mountain View in 2.5 hours. In February in Mountain View, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 30°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Cotter.

Things to do in Mountain View

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Cotter

— 2 nights
Cotter is a city in Baxter County, Arkansas, United States. On the 22nd (Mon), get outside with Papa Bill's White River Trout Guide Service, then explore the activities along Bull Shoals-White River State Park, and then cast your line with Cotter Trout Dock Guided Trout Fishing Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Buffalo National River.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cotter online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Mountain View to Cotter takes 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Cotter can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ponca.

Things to do in Cotter

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ponca

— 3 nights
Ponca is known for trails, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead, get a new perspective on nature at Ozark Mountains, examine the collection at Emma's Museum of Junk, and stroll through Lost Valley Trail.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ponca tour planner.

Traveling by car from Cotter to Ponca takes 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Ponca can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Ponca

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Eureka Springs

— 9 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Eureka Springs: Triple Falls (in Harrison), Pea Ridge National Military Park (in Garfield) and Rogers (Hobbs State Park & War Eagle Mill). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, explore the activities along Beaver Lake, and get outside with Black Jack Adventures.

Planning Eureka Springs trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Getting from Ponca to Eureka Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February in Eureka Springs, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Fayetteville.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Fayetteville

— 6 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fayetteville: Bella Vista (Back 40, Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, &more), Bentonville (The Spice & Tea Exchange, The Walmart Museum, &more) and Rogers (Rogers Historical Museum & Ozark Beer Co.).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fayetteville trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Eureka Springs to Fayetteville takes 1.5 hours. March in Fayetteville sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Smith.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Fort Smith

— 5 nights
Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort Smith: Paris (Logan County Courthouse, Mount Magazine State Park, &more), Pig Trail National Scenic Byway (in Ozark) and Altus (St. Mary's Catholic Church & Post Winery). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fort Smith National Historic Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Alma Hiking Trail, stroll around Clear Creek Park, and relax and rejuvenate at Inner Peace Massage and Body Studio.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Fort Smith trip website.

You can drive from Fayetteville to Fort Smith in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fayetteville in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Fort Smith, with lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Morrilton.

Things to do in Fort Smith

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Morrilton

— 2 nights
Morrilton is a city in Conway County, Arkansas, United States, less than northwest of Little Rock. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Seven Hollows Trail, then admire the majestic nature at Petit Jean State Park, and then hike along Bear Cave Trail. On your second day here, browse for treasures at Arkansas Peddlers Antique Mall, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Barnyard Friends Peting Zoo, then learn about winemaking at Movie House Winery, and finally hike along Cedar Falls Trail.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Morrilton trip planner.

Getting from Fort Smith to Morrilton by car takes about 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Morrilton

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Hot Springs

— 11 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Old Mill (in North Little Rock) and Little Rock (Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, &more). Spend the 31st (Wed) exploring nature at Hot Springs National Park. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in nature's colorful creations at Garvan Woodland Gardens, admire the majestic nature at Lake Catherine State Park, and get advice or help at Fordyce Bathhouse.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hot Springs vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Morrilton to Hot Springs in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in March, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Arkansas travel guide

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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.