8 days in Southwest Arkansas & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Arkansas & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

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8 days in Southwest Arkansas & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Hope
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 15​min
3
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
On the 23rd (Sat), get your game on at 4D Adventure. On your second day here, look for gifts at Bathhouse Soapery, then make a trip to Lum and Abner Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Albert Pike Recreation Area.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hot Springs planning tool .

New York City to Hot Springs is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Hot Springs. In March, Hot Springs is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of 64°F and lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Hope.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Albert Pike Recreation Area, Lum and Abner Museum
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Albert Pike Recreation Area ©
Albert Pike Recreation Area
Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center) ©
Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center)
4D Adventure ©
4D Adventure

1
night
Hope

Hope ©
Hope is a city in Hempstead County in southwestern Arkansas, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): engage your brain at Klipsch Museum of Audio History, admire the majestic nature at Historic Washington State Park, and then make a trip to President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hope trip planner .

You can drive from Hot Springs to Hope in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Hope are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Hope

Nature Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Historic Washington State Park
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Historic Washington State Park ©
Historic Washington State Park

3
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Get in touch with nature at Chimney Tops Trail and Deep Creek. Step out of Great Smoky Mountains National Park with an excursion to Collins Creek Picnic Area in Great Smoky Mountains National Park--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Quiet Walkways, stroll through Cades Cove, hike along Middle Prong Trail, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hope to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Traveling from Hope to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Hope in March; daily highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park reach 60°F and lows reach 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove

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