8 days in Arkansas Itinerary

8 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arkansas trip itinerary planner

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Hot Springs
— 3 nights
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Mountain View
— 1 night
Drive
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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.
Get outdoors at Lake Catherine State Park and Arkansas Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pinnacle Mountain State Park and Lake Ouachita. Change things up with these side-trips from Hot Springs: DeGray Lake Resort State Park (in Bismarck) and Little Rock (The Arkansas River Trail & La Petit Roche Plaza). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, trek along Grand Promenade, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hot Springs Mountain, and stop by Bathhouse Soapery.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hot Springs trip 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 difference when traveling from Norfolk to Hot Springs is minus 1 hour. July in Hot Springs sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to 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 4th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of 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 traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mountain View trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Mountain View takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cosmic Cavern and Lost Canyon Nature Trail and Cave. Get in touch with nature at Moonshine Beach and Pivot Rock and Natural Bridge. Explore Eureka Springs' surroundings by going to Branson (Arcade City, Helicopter Tours, &more). There's more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and explore the fascinating underground world of Onyx Cave Park.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Eureka Springs trip builder site.

You can drive from Mountain View to Eureka Springs in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Eureka Springs can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to 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.