5 days in Arkansas Itinerary

5 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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5 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Start: Fort Smith
Drive:  1​h
1
Fayetteville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Eureka Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Fort Smith

1
night
Fayetteville

Fayetteville ©
Fayetteville is the third-largest city in Arkansas and county seat of Washington County. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): witness the site of a historic battle at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Clinton House Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Heartwood Gallery, and finally admire the natural beauty at Fayetteville Downtown Square & Gardens. Keep things going the next day: witness the site of a historic battle at Pea Ridge National Military Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, and then admire the majestic nature at Devil's Den State Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fayetteville online attractions planner .

Fort Smith to Fayetteville is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Traveling from Fort Smith in May, things will get a bit cooler in Fayetteville: highs are around 75°F and lows about 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Devil's Den State Park
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Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park ©
Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel ©
Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel
Pea Ridge National Military Park ©
Pea Ridge National Military Park

1
night
Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs ©
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 16th (Thu): shop like a local with Cosmic Cavern, stroll around Basin Spring Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Leatherwood.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Eureka Springs trip maker .

You can drive from Fayetteville to Eureka Springs in 1.5 hours. May in Eureka Springs sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Cosmic Cavern
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Thorncrown Chapel ©
Thorncrown Chapel
Cosmic Cavern ©
Cosmic Cavern
Lake Leatherwood ©
Lake Leatherwood

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Anthony Chapel and then find something for the whole family at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center), hike along Grand Promenade, and then immerse yourself in nature at Lake Catherine State Park.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Hot Springs trip app .

You can drive from Eureka Springs to Hot Springs in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Theme Parks Nature
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Anthony Chapel ©
Anthony Chapel
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf ©
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf
Grand Promenade ©
Grand Promenade

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