8 days in Arkansas Itinerary

8 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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Hot Springs
— 3 nights
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Mountain View
— 1 night
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Eureka Springs
— 3 nights
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Hot Springs

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Catherine State Park and Grand Promenade. Visiting Pinnacle Mountain State Park and DeGray Lake Resort State Park will get you outdoors. Explore Hot Springs' surroundings by going to Little Rock (The Arkansas River Trail & La Petit Roche Plaza). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ouachita, look for all kinds of wild species at Arkansas Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo, get in on the family fun at Funtrackers Family Fun Park, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Hot Springs trip itinerary planner.

Norfolk to Hot Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In February, daily temperatures in Hot Springs can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Mountain View.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mountain View

— 1 night
Mountain View is the largest city in and the county seat of Stone County, Arkansas. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Calico Rock Museum & Visitor Center, snap pictures at Swinging Bridge, then explore the fascinating underground world of Blanchard Springs Caverns, and finally don't miss a visit to The Old Mill.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mountain View trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Mountain View in 3 hours. Traveling from Hot Springs in February, Mountain View is slightly colder at night with lows of 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Mountain View

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Eureka Springs

— 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Lost Canyon Nature Trail and Cave. Visiting Cosmic Cavern and Moonshine Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Eureka Springs: Branson (Arcade City, Helicopter Tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Onyx Cave Park and explore the striking landscape at Pivot Rock and Natural Bridge.

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Traveling by car from Mountain View to Eureka Springs takes 3 hours. In February, daytime highs in Eureka Springs are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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.