8 days in Arkansas Itinerary

8 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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Eureka Springs
— 1 night
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Hot Springs
— 4 nights
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Fayetteville
— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stroll through Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and then pause for some photo ops at Christ of the Ozarks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, and then take a stroll through Eureka Springs Historical Downtown.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Eureka Springs trip site.

Columbus to Eureka Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Columbus in November: highs in Eureka Springs hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Garvan Woodland Gardens and Anthony Chapel. Get out of town with these interesting Hot Springs side-trips: Petit Jean State Park (in Morrilton) and Little Rock (William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at The Galaxy Connection, steep yourself in history at Fordyce Bathhouse, and explore the engaging exhibits at Mid-America Science Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hot Springs day trip app.

You can drive from Eureka Springs to Hot Springs in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fayetteville.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fayetteville

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Native American History, then stroll through Razorback Regional Greenway, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fayetteville Downtown Square & Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Wilson Park and then take an exotic tour of Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Fayetteville trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Hot Springs to Fayetteville by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Hot Springs in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Fayetteville, with lows of 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Arkansas travel guide

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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.