5 days in Arkansas Itinerary

5 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arkansas route planner

Make it your trip
Eureka Springs
— 1 night
Hot Springs
— 3 nights
Drive to Fayetteville, Fly to New York La Guardia


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 19th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and then appreciate the history behind Christ of the Ozarks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thorncrown Chapel, stop by Gourmet Eureka, admire the masterpieces at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, then take an in-depth tour of The Walmart Museum, and finally walk around Bentonville Town Square.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Eureka Springs trip builder tool.

New York City to Eureka Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Eureka Springs are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hot Springs

— 3 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.
On the 21st (Mon), make a trip to La Petit Roche Plaza, then take an in-depth tour of Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, then admire the landmark architecture of William J. Clinton Presidential Library, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The Galleries at Library Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get all the information you need at Fordyce Bathhouse, look for gifts at Bathhouse Soapery, then take in nature's colorful creations at Garvan Woodland Gardens, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hot Springs travel route website.

You can drive from Eureka Springs to Hot Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Eureka Springs in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Hot Springs, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Museums

Side Trip

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.