8 days in Arkansas Itinerary

8 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arkansas holiday planner

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Bentonville
— 1 night
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Ponca
— 1 night
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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
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Fort Smith
— 3 nights
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Bentonville

— 1 night
Primarily known as the home of Walmart’s corporate headquarters, Bentonville embodies small-town America.
On the 24th (Sat), examine the collection at Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens, then witness the site of a historic battle at Pea Ridge National Military Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari and then explore the world behind art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bentonville trip itinerary planning site.

Kansas City to Bentonville is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Bentonville can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ponca.

Things to do in Bentonville

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ponca

— 1 night
On the 26th (Mon), trek along Lost Valley Trail, hike along Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead, and then identify plant and animal life at Arkansas Grand Canyon.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ponca online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bentonville to Ponca takes 2 hours. In April in Ponca, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Ponca

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): look for gifts at Bathhouse Soapery, contemplate the long history of Fordyce Bathhouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grand Promenade, then take in the awesome beauty at Hot Springs Mountain, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Hot Springs Mountain Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Bathhouse Row, then relax and rejuvenate at The Yoga Place, then admire the majestic nature at Lake Catherine State Park, and finally stroll through Anthony Chapel.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hot Springs trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Ponca to Hot Springs in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Ponca in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hot Springs, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Fort Smith.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails

Fort Smith

— 3 nights
Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. Visit Fort Smith National Cemetery and Fort Smith National Historic Site for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Mount Magazine State Park and Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center. Explore Fort Smith's surroundings by going to Devil's Den State Park (in West Fork), Eiffel Tower Park Paris Arkansas (in Paris) and Queen Wilhelmina State Park (in Mena). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Fort Smith Museum of History, indulge in some personalized pampering at Inner Peace Massage and Body Studio, and admire the majestic nature at Lake Fort Smith State Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Smith trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Fort Smith takes 3 hours. April in Fort Smith sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Smith

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.