8 days in Arkansas Itinerary

8 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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8 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
Little Rock
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Bella Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Compton
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Mountain View
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: Nashville

1
night
Little Rock

Little Rock ©
Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
On the 20th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Pinnacle Mountain State Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Little Rock trip planner .

Nashville to Little Rock is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Little Rock can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Little Rock

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pinnacle Mountain State Park ©
Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Old State House Museum ©
Old State House Museum
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
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 22nd (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Anthony Chapel, then immerse yourself in nature at Lake Catherine State Park, and then take a peaceful walk through Ouachita National Forest. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Bathhouse Soapery, then stroll through Grand Promenade, and then admire the majestic nature at DeGray Lake Resort State Park.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hot Springs day trip planner .

You can drive from Little Rock to Hot Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Hot Springs can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Bella Vista.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

DeGray Lake Resort State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lake Catherine State Park ©
Lake Catherine State Park
Ouachita National Forest ©
Ouachita National Forest
Grand Promenade ©
Grand Promenade

1
night
Bella Vista

Bella Vista ©
Bella Vista is a city in Benton County, Arkansas. On the 24th (Wed), trek along Tanyard Creek Nature Trail, get engrossed in the history at Bella Vista Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, and finally grab your bike and head to Back 40.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bella Vista trip maker .

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Bella Vista takes 4 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Hot Springs in April; daily highs in Bella Vista reach 68°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Compton.

Things to do in Bella Vista

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tanyard Creek Nature Trail ©
Tanyard Creek Nature Trail
Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel ©
Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel

2
nights
Compton

Compton ©
On the 25th (Thu), stroll through Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead, then hike along Lost Valley Hiking Trail, and then see the interesting displays at Ponca Elk Education Center. Keep things going the next day: hike along Big Bluff & The Goat Trail, don't miss a visit to Spring Street Arts, and then identify plant and animal life at Arkansas Grand Canyon.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Compton driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Bella Vista to Compton takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Compton can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mountain View.

Things to do in Compton

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ponca, Jasper
Highlights from your plan
Arkansas Grand Canyon ©
Arkansas Grand Canyon
Ponca Elk Education Center ©
Ponca Elk Education Center

1
night
Mountain View

Mountain View ©
Mountain View is the largest city in and the county seat of Stone County, Arkansas. On the 27th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, and then admire the majestic nature at Ozark Folk Center State Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Mountain View, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Compton to Mountain View takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Mountain View can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mountain View

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

St. Mary's Catholic Church
Highlights from your plan
Ozark Folk Center State Park ©
Ozark Folk Center State Park
St. Mary's Catholic Church ©
St. Mary's Catholic Church

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