8 days in Arkansas Itinerary

8 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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Eureka Springs
— 2 nights
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Mountain View
— 1 night
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Hot Springs
— 4 nights
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Eureka Springs

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and Beaver Lake. Your inner history buff will appreciate Thorncrown Chapel and St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church. Step out of Eureka Springs to go to Bentonville and see Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which is approximately 1 hour away. The adventure continues: cast your line with a fishing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Blue Spring Heritage Center, pause for some photo ops at Christ of the Ozarks, and stroll around Basin Spring Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Eureka Springs trip planner.

Joplin to Eureka Springs is an approximately 2-hour car ride. July in Eureka Springs sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mountain View.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Mountain View

Mountain View is the largest city in and the county seat of Stone County, Arkansas. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): stroll around Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, then immerse yourself in nature at Ozark Folk Center State Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Blanchard Springs Caverns, and finally take in the views from Swinging Bridge.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mountain View trip planner.

Getting from Eureka Springs to Mountain View by car takes about 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Mountain View

Parks · Nature · Museums · Nightlife

Side Trip

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Hot Springs

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Grand Promenade. Fordyce Bathhouse and Anthony Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hot Springs: Little Rock (Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, William J. Clinton Presidential Library, &more). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the activities along Lake Ouachita, admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens, and see a show at Woodlands Auditorium.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hot Springs trip builder.

Drive from Mountain View to Hot Springs in 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

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.