7 days in Arkansas Itinerary

7 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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Hot Springs
— 5 nights
Eureka Springs
— 1 day


Hot Springs

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hot Springs side-trips: Crater of Diamonds State Park (in Murfreesboro) and Little Rock (Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, William J. Clinton Presidential Library, &more). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get in on the family fun at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, pause for some serene contemplation at Anthony Chapel, and explore the activities along Lake Ouachita.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hot Springs trip planner.

Dayton to Hot Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Dayton in September, things will get a bit warmer in Hot Springs: highs are around 88°F and lows about 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Eureka Springs

— 1 day

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.
On the 25th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, pause for some photo ops at Christ of the Ozarks, then get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, and finally wander the streets of Eureka Springs Historical Downtown.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Eureka Springs trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Eureka Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Hot Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Eureka Springs, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Arkansas travel guide

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.