5 days in Arkansas Itinerary

5 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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5 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Start: Fort Smith
Drive:  2​h
1
Bentonville
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Hot Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Fort Smith

1
night
Bentonville

Bentonville ©
Primarily known as the home of Walmart’s corporate headquarters, Bentonville embodies small-town America.
On the 21st (Tue), take in the history at Pea Ridge National Military Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, then trek along Tanyard Creek Nature Trail, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Walmart Museum. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Bentonville Town Square, then explore the world behind art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, then witness the site of a historic battle at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Fayetteville Downtown Square & Gardens.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bentonville online route builder .

Fort Smith to Bentonville is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Fort Smith in May: highs in Bentonville hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Bentonville

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Bella Vista, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Fayetteville Downtown Square & Gardens
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Pea Ridge National Military Park ©
Pea Ridge National Military Park
Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel ©
Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park ©

3
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Anthony Chapel and Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center) will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Catherine State Park and 4D Adventure. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hot Springs: Little Rock (Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, William J. Clinton Presidential Library, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens, appreciate the extensive heritage of Bathhouse Row, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and trek along Grand Promenade.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hot Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bentonville to Hot Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. May in Hot Springs sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Little Rock
Highlights from your plan
Anthony Chapel ©
Anthony Chapel
Old State House Museum ©
Old State House Museum
Fordyce Bathhouse Vistor Center ©
Fordyce Bathhouse Vistor Center

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