7 days in Arkansas Itinerary

7 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arkansas travel route planner

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Make it your trip
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Little Rock
— 2 nights
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Hot Springs
— 4 nights
Drive
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Eureka Springs
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Little Rock

— 2 nights

The Rock

Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Testament: The Little Rock Nine Monument, snap pictures at Big Dam Bridge, then contemplate the long history of The Old Mill, then stroll around Riverfront Park, and finally take in the exciting artwork at The Galleries at Library Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, engage your brain at Museum Of Discovery, then take a leisurely stroll along River Market District, and finally make a trip to La Petit Roche Plaza.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Little Rock trip maker website.

Chicago to Little Rock is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. While traveling from Chicago, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Little Rock, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 72°F. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Little Rock

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Hot Springs

— 4 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.
Hot Springs is known for historic sites, spas, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fordyce Bathhouse, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ouachita, get to know the fascinating history of Bathhouse Row, and find something for the whole family at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hot Springs online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Little Rock to Hot Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Eureka Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): walk around Basin Spring Park, get a taste of the local shopping with The Birdcage, and then pause for some photo ops at Christ of the Ozarks.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Eureka Springs travel website.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Eureka Springs in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Hot Springs in September, expect nights in Eureka Springs to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are little chillier, around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks · Museums · Shopping

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.