8 days in Arkansas & Pensacola Beach Itinerary

8 days in Arkansas & Pensacola Beach Itinerary

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Eureka Springs
— 1 night
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Cotter
— 1 night
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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
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Pensacola Beach
— 3 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stroll around Bentonville Town Square, explore the world behind art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and then take an in-depth tour of The Walmart Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, look for all kinds of wild species at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Eureka Springs trip planner.

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. Traveling from New York City to Eureka Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in March, you will find days in Eureka Springs are somewhat warmer (59°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cotter.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Cotter

— 1 night
Cotter is a city in Baxter County, Arkansas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Bull Shoals Caverns, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bull Shoals-White River State Park, and then take a tour by water with Cotter Trout Dock Guided Trout Fishing Tours.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cotter online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Eureka Springs to Cotter in 2 hours. In March in Cotter, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Cotter

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Garvan Woodland Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Anthony Chapel, then try to win big at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Hot Springs Mountain Tower. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Fordyce Bathhouse, don't miss a visit to Bathhouse Row, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Drive from Cotter to Hot Springs in 3.5 hours. March in Hot Springs sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Pensacola Beach.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games · Spas

Pensacola Beach

— 3 nights
Pensacola Beach is an unincorporated community located on Santa Rosa Island, a barrier island, in Escambia County, Florida, United States. Relax by the water at Pensacola Beach and Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier. Go for a jaunt from Pensacola Beach to Navarre to see Navarre Beach about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on Jolly Sailing and Dolphin Cruises, enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf Islands National Seashore, sample the fine beverages at Rollins Distillery, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Gail Walsh Massage & Skincare Co..

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Pensacola Beach online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Hot Springs to Pensacola Beach takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Hot Springs in March, expect Pensacola Beach to be a bit warmer, temps between 71°F and 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pensacola Beach

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

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.