56 days in Arkansas Itinerary

56 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arkansas holiday planner

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Eureka Springs
— 9 nights
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Ponca
— 4 nights
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Cotter
— 4 nights
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Mountain View
— 5 nights
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Jonesboro
— 4 nights
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West Memphis
— 4 nights
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Hot Springs
— 11 nights
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Morrilton
— 3 nights
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Fort Smith
— 5 nights
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Fayetteville
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Eureka Springs

— 9 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Eureka Springs: Triple Falls (in Harrison), Pea Ridge National Military Park (in Garfield) and Withrow Springs State Park (in Huntsville). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, head outdoors with Black Jack Adventures, take an in-depth tour of The Carroll County Heritage Center Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel.

To find out how to plan a trip to Eureka Springs, use our trip itinerary maker.

Joplin to Eureka Springs is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In February, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ponca.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Ponca

— 4 nights
Ponca is known for trails, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead, examine the collection at Emma's Museum of Junk, trek along Lost Valley Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Arkansas Grand Canyon.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ponca online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Eureka Springs to Ponca takes 1.5 hours. In February in Ponca, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cotter.

Things to do in Ponca

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Cotter

— 4 nights
Cotter is a city in Baxter County, Arkansas, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Harrison (Maplewood Cemetery, Ozark Moonshine Run, &more). Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Big Spring Park. There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with Cotter Trout Dock Guided Trout Fishing Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Bull Shoals Lake, see a world frozen in time at Rush Historic District, and get outside with Papa Bill's White River Trout Guide Service.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cotter trip builder.

Traveling by car from Ponca to Cotter takes 1.5 hours. February in Cotter sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Mountain View.

Things to do in Cotter

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mountain View

— 5 nights
Mountain View is the largest city in and the county seat of Stone County, Arkansas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mountain View: City Rock Bluff (in Calico Rock), Heber Springs (Mossy Bluff Buckeye Trail & Collins Creek Cascade) and Sugar Loaf Mountain National Nature Trail (in Higden). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Blanchard Springs Caverns, play a few rounds at Mountain Ranch Golf Course, sample the tasty concoctions at Gravity BrewWorks, and walk around Washington Street Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mountain View holiday tool.

You can drive from Cotter to Mountain View in 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Mountain View can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jonesboro.

Things to do in Mountain View

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Golf

Side Trips

Jonesboro

— 4 nights
Jonesboro is a city in Craighead County, Arkansas, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Jonesboro side-trips: Crowley Ridge State Park (in Paragould), Powhatan Historic State Park (in Powhatan) and Pocahontas (Davidsonville Historic State Park & Eddie Mae Herron Center). And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Craighead Forest Park, steep yourself in history at Parker Pioneer Homestead, examine the collection at Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, and walk around Guitar Walk.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Jonesboro online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Mountain View to Jonesboro by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February in Jonesboro, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to West Memphis.

Things to do in Jonesboro

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

West Memphis

— 4 nights
West Memphis is the largest city in Crittenden County, Arkansas, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Hampson Archeological Museum State Park (in Wilson), Helena (Fort Curtis, Delta Cultural Center, &more) and Mississippi River State Park (in Marianna). Next up on the itinerary: try to win big at Southland Casino Racing, stroll through Village Creek State Park, immerse yourself in nature at Parkin Archeological State Park, and get engrossed in the history at Sultana Disaster Museum.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our West Memphis trip planner.

Getting from Jonesboro to West Memphis by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March in West Memphis, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in West Memphis

Nature · Parks · Museums · Casinos

Side Trips

Hot Springs

— 11 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hot Springs: Little Rock (Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, &more), The Old Mill (in North Little Rock) and DeGray Lake Resort State Park (in Bismarck). Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Hot Springs National Park. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in panoramic vistas at Hot Springs Mountain Tower, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ouachita, and take in the awesome beauty at Hot Springs Mountain.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Hot Springs trip planner.

Drive from West Memphis to Hot Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Hot Springs are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Morrilton.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Morrilton

— 3 nights
Morrilton is a city in Conway County, Arkansas, United States, less than northwest of Little Rock. Morrilton is known for nature, trails, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Petit Jean State Park, browse the different shops at Arkansas Peddlers Antique Mall, hike along Cedar Falls Trail, and do a tasting at Movie House Winery.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Morrilton trip builder app.

Getting from Hot Springs to Morrilton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in March, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Fort Smith.

Things to do in Morrilton

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Fort Smith

— 5 nights
Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort Smith: Altus (Post Winery & Mount Bethel WInery), Paris (Mount Magazine State Park & Logan County Courthouse) and Pig Trail National Scenic Byway (in Ozark). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fort Smith National Historic Site, examine the collection at Drennan-Scott Historic Site, stroll the grounds of Fort Smith National Cemetery, and trek along Lake Alma Hiking Trail.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fort Smith trip planner.

Getting from Morrilton to Fort Smith by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in March, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fayetteville.

Things to do in Fort Smith

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Fayetteville

— 6 nights
Explore Fayetteville's surroundings by going to Bentonville (The Spice & Tea Exchange, The Walmart Museum, &more), Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari (in Gentry) and Bella Vista (Bella Vista Museum, Tanyard Creek Nature Trail, &more).

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fayetteville journey maker app.

Drive from Fort Smith to Fayetteville in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, Fayetteville is a bit cooler than Fort Smith - with highs of 60°F and lows of 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arkansas travel guide

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State Parks · Art Museums · Historic Sites
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.