8 days in Arkansas Itinerary

8 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arkansas itinerary builder

©
Make it your trip
Drive
1
Bentonville
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Ponca
— 1 night
Drive
3
Mountain View
— 1 night
Drive
4
Little Rock
— 3 nights
Drive

S M T W T F S
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

Bentonville

— 2 nights
Primarily known as the home of Walmart’s corporate headquarters, Bentonville embodies small-town America.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Back 40, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tanyard Creek Nature Trail, and then stroll through Slaughter Pen Hollow Multi-Use Trail System. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Compton Gardens and Conference Center, then stop by The Spice & Tea Exchange, then explore the world behind art at 21c Museum, and finally make a trip to The Buckyball.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bentonville visit planner.

Lafayette to Bentonville is an approximately 10.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, Bentonville is a bit cooler than Lafayette - with highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ponca.

Things to do in Bentonville

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Ponca

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stroll through Arkansas Grand Canyon, then trek along Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lost Valley Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ponca route planner.

Traveling by car from Bentonville to Ponca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Mountain View.

Things to do in Ponca

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mountain View

— 1 night
Mountain View is the largest city in and the county seat of Stone County, Arkansas. On the 9th (Wed), make a trip to Peace Pole, then see a show at Ozark Folk Center State Park, then don't miss a visit to The Old Mill, and finally walk around Blanchard Springs Recreation Area.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mountain View holiday planner.

You can drive from Ponca to Mountain View in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Mountain View can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Little Rock.

Things to do in Mountain View

Parks · Museums · Nightlife · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Little Rock

— 3 nights

The Rock

Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Old State House Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at The Arkansas River Trail, then examine the collection at Heifer Village (Heifer International), and finally make a trip to La Petit Roche Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, examine the collection at Esse Purse Museum & Store, then brush up on your military savvy at MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, and finally make a trip to River Rail Electric Streetcar.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Little Rock planner.

Getting from Mountain View to Little Rock by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mountain View in September since evenings lows in Little Rock dip to 66°F. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Little Rock

Museums · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Arkansas travel guide

4.5
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.