5 days in Arkansas Itinerary

5 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
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Eureka Springs
— 2 nights
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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 25th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Bathhouse Row, then enjoy breathtaking views from Hot Springs Mountain Tower, then contemplate the long history of Fordyce Bathhouse, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): look for gifts at Bathhouse Soapery, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ouachita, then admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Anthony Chapel.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hot Springs itinerary planner.

Chicago to Hot Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Chicago in July, you will find days in Hot Springs are somewhat warmer (92°F), and nights are about the same (72°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Spas

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Eureka Springs

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 27th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thorncrown Chapel, view the masterpieces at The Birdcage, 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. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, and then appreciate the history behind Christ of the Ozarks.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Eureka Springs itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Eureka Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Hot Springs, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Eureka Springs, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Arkansas travel guide

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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.