8 days in Arkansas & Joplin Itinerary

8 days in Arkansas & Joplin Itinerary

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Eureka Springs
— 1 night
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Joplin
— 2 nights
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Fayetteville
— 2 nights
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Hot Springs
— 1 night
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Little Rock
— 1 night
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): walk around Basin Spring Park and then shop like a local with Cosmic Cavern.

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

New York City to Eureka Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Eureka Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in April, you will find days in Eureka Springs are a bit warmer (68°F), and nights are about the same (47°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Joplin.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Joplin

— 2 nights
Joplin or is a city in southern Jasper County and northern Newton County in the southwestern corner of the U.S. Bonnie and Clyde's Joplin Garage Apartment Hideout has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): browse the different shops at Northpark Mall, look for gifts at Cherry's Art Emporium on the Square, then explore the galleries of Precious Moments Park, then take an in-depth tour of George Washington Carver National Monument, and finally contemplate the long history of Bonnie and Clyde's Joplin Garage Apartment Hideout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at The Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Grand Falls, then take in the exciting artwork at George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Webb City Farmers Market.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Joplin travel planner.

Getting from Eureka Springs to Joplin by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in April, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Fayetteville.

Things to do in Joplin

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Fayetteville

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the history at Pea Ridge National Military Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Native American History, then stroll around Bentonville Town Square, then get engrossed in the history at The Walmart Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): look for gifts at Dickson Street Bookshop, view the masterpieces at Fayetteville Underground, admire the natural beauty at Fayetteville Downtown Square & Gardens, then browse the different shops at Pinnacle Hills Promenade, and finally see where the action happens at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Fayetteville trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Joplin to Fayetteville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April in Fayetteville, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Hot Springs

— 1 night

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.
On the 19th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Garvan Woodland Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Anthony Chapel, make a trip to Bathhouse Row, stop by Bathhouse Soapery, then contemplate the long history of Fordyce Bathhouse, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Hot Springs travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fayetteville to Hot Springs in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Fayetteville in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hot Springs, with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Little Rock.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games · Shopping

Little Rock

— 1 night

The Rock

Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): steep yourself in history at The Old Mill, then browse the eclectic array of goods at River Market District, and then get engrossed in the history at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Little Rock online trip builder.

Getting from Hot Springs to Little Rock by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in April, and nighttime lows around 51°F. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Little Rock

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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.