6 days in Arkansas Itinerary

6 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arkansas visit planner

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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
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Ponca
— 1 night
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Eureka Springs
— 1 night
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Mountain View
— 1 night
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Catherine State Park and Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Take a break from the city and head to Hot Springs Mountain and DeGray Lake Resort State Park. When in Hot Springs, make a side trip to see Testament: The Little Rock Nine Monument in Little Rock, approximately Little Rock away. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, stop by Bathhouse Soapery, stroll through Grand Promenade, and enjoy breathtaking views from Hot Springs Mountain Tower.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Hot Springs holiday planner.

Monroe to Hot Springs is an approximately 4-hour car ride. In July, daytime highs in Hot Springs are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Ponca.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Ponca

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Arkansas Grand Canyon, hike along Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead, and then hike along Lost Valley Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ponca travel planning website.

Getting from Hot Springs to Ponca by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ponca can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Ponca

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Eureka Springs

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Cosmic Cavern, stroll through Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, and then explore the fascinating underground world of War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Eureka Springs trip planner.

Drive from Ponca to Eureka Springs in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mountain View.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Mountain View

— 1 night
Mountain View is the largest city in and the county seat of Stone County, Arkansas. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Blanchard Springs Caverns, stroll around Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, and then enjoy some music at Ozark Folk Center State Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mountain View trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Eureka Springs to Mountain View takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Mountain View can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mountain View

Parks · Nature · Nightlife · Museums

Side Trip

Arkansas travel guide

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State Parks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious 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.