5 days in Arkansas Itinerary

5 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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Eureka Springs
— 2 nights
Hot Springs
— 2 nights


Eureka Springs — 2 nights

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: Bentonville (The Spice & Tea Exchange, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, contemplate the waterfront views at Beaver Lake, appreciate the history behind Christ of the Ozarks, and stroll through Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Eureka Springs trip planner.

Houston to Eureka Springs is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Houston in September, things will get a bit cooler in Eureka Springs: highs are around 82°F and lows about 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hot Springs.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trip

Hot Springs — 2 nights

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in nature's colorful creations at Anthony Chapel, then admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens, and finally gain insight at Garland County Library. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Fordyce Bathhouse, then get to know the fascinating history of Bathhouse Row, then enjoy breathtaking views from Hot Springs Mountain Tower, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dapper & Debonaire.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hot Springs vacation planner.

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 and about the same nights in Hot Springs: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Nature

Arkansas travel guide

State Parks · Art Museums · History 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.