8 days in Independence & Hot Springs Itinerary

8 days in Independence & Hot Springs Itinerary

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Independence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hot Springs
— 5 nights
Drive to Fayetteville, Fly to New York City

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Independence

— 2 nights
Independence is the fifth-largest city in the state of Missouri. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate and Watkins Mill State Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum and Liberty Jail Historic Site. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area, explore the activities along Blue Spring, contemplate the long history of Jail, Marshal's Home & Museum, and grab your bike and head to Little Blue Trace Trail.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Independence day trip planning website.

New York City to Independence is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from New York City to Independence, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Independence can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to fly to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Independence

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Hot Springs

— 5 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 Petit Jean State Park and Zipline. Visit Fordyce Bathhouse and Bathhouse Row for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hot Springs: Little Rock (Testament: The Little Rock Nine Monument, William J. Clinton Presidential Library, &more) and Cedar Falls Trail (in Morrilton). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ouachita, stop by The Savory Pantry, enjoy breathtaking views from Hot Springs Mountain Tower, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hot Springs trip planning website.

You can fly from Independence to Hot Springs in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Hot Springs are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips