8 days in Arkansas Itinerary

8 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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8 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Little Rock
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Fayetteville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Eureka Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Little Rock

Little Rock ©
Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
On the 30th (Fri), admire the striking features of William J. Clinton Presidential Library and then steep yourself in history at Little Rock Central High School. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): steep yourself in history at The Old Mill, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Dam Bridge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Riverfront Park.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Little Rock trip itinerary maker site .

Chicago to Little Rock is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago in November, things will get a bit warmer in Little Rock: highs are around 63°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Little Rock

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

The Old Mill
Highlights from your plan
Big Dam Bridge ©
Big Dam Bridge

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Anthony Chapel, admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens, then look for gifts at Bathhouse Soapery, then contemplate the long history of Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center), and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Bathhouse Row, enjoy breathtaking views from Hot Springs Mountain Tower, then take in panoramic vistas at Hot Springs Mountain, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

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You can drive from Little Rock to Hot Springs in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hot Springs can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Fayetteville.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Anthony Chapel ©
Anthony Chapel
Fordyce Bathhouse Vistor Center ©
Fordyce Bathhouse Vistor Center
Garvan Woodland Gardens ©
Garvan Woodland Gardens

2
nights
Fayetteville

Fayetteville
Fayetteville is the third-largest city in Arkansas and county seat of Washington County. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): admire the striking features of War Eagle Mill, admire the majestic nature at Hobbs State Park, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fayetteville Downtown Square & Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Mount Sequoyah, learn about winemaking at Tontitown Winery, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Native American History, then get engrossed in the history at The Walmart Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fayetteville trip planner .

You can drive from Hot Springs to Fayetteville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Hot Springs in December, with highs in Fayetteville at 50°F and lows at 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bentonville, Rogers, Tontitown Winery
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Tontitown Winery ©
Tontitown Winery
Museum of Native American History ©

2
nights
Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs ©
Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, the whole town of Eureka Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
On the 6th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thorncrown Chapel, look for all kinds of wild species at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, take in the exciting artwork at The Birdcage, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, and finally pause for some photo ops at Christ of the Ozarks. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Quigley's Castle, wander the streets of Eureka Springs Historical Downtown, stroll through Basin Spring Park, view the masterpieces at Quicksilver Gallery, then stop by Silly Chile, and finally go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Eureka Springs trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Fayetteville to Eureka Springs takes 1.5 hours. December in Eureka Springs sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Thorncrown Chapel ©
Thorncrown Chapel
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge ©
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
Christ of the Ozarks ©
Christ of the Ozarks

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