5 days in Arkansas Itinerary

5 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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Fly to Fort Smith Regional Airport, Drive to Paris
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Paris
— 1 night
Drive
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Ponca
— 1 night
Drive
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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
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Paris

— 1 night
Paris is a city in Logan County, Arkansas, United States, and serves as the county seat for the northern district of Logan County; its southern district counterpart is Booneville. For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paris journey planner.

Lafayette to Paris is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lafayette in September since evenings lows in Paris dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ponca.

Things to do in Paris

Wineries · Wildlife · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Ponca

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Spring Street Arts, then trek along Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead, and then trek along Lost Valley Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ponca itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Paris to Ponca takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ponca are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Ponca

Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hot Springs

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours, immerse yourself in nature at Lake Catherine State Park, and then hike along Grand Promenade. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hot Springs Mountain and then immerse yourself in nature at DeGray Lake Resort State Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hot Springs vacation maker.

You can drive from Ponca to Hot Springs in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Ponca in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hot Springs, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.