8 days in Arkansas Itinerary

8 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arkansas travel route planner

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

— 2 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate 21c Museum and Mitchells' Folly. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pea Ridge National Military Park and Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel. Venture out of the city with trips to Hobbs State Park (in Rogers) and Cosmic Cavern (in Berryville). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, walk around Basin Spring Park, and explore the activities along Lake Leatherwood.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Eureka Springs day trip website.

Fort Smith to Eureka Springs is an approximately 2-hour car ride. When traveling from Fort Smith in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Eureka Springs, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ponca.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Ponca

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stroll through Lost Valley Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arkansas Grand Canyon, and then trek along Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ponca trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Eureka Springs to Ponca takes 1.5 hours. In July in Ponca, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Mountain View.

Things to do in Ponca

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mountain View

— 1 night
Mountain View is the largest city in and the county seat of Stone County, Arkansas. On the 22nd (Wed), walk around Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, make a trip to The Old Mill, and then see the interesting displays at Ozark Folk Center State Park.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mountain View day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Ponca to Mountain View takes 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Mountain View are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Mountain View

Parks · Museums · Nature · Nightlife
Highlights from your trip

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum Of Discovery and Esse Purse Museum & Store. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Catherine State Park and DeGray Lake Resort State Park. When in Hot Springs, make a side trip to see Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock, approximately Little Rock away. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Funtrackers Family Fun Park, look for gifts at Bathhouse Soapery, take in panoramic vistas at Hot Springs Mountain, and trek along Grand Promenade.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hot Springs sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Mountain View to Hot Springs by car takes about 3 hours. July in Hot Springs sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Arkansas travel guide

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State Parks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.