8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Fly to Des Moines International Airport, Drive to Altoona
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Altoona
— 1 day
Drive
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Eureka Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fort Smith
— 1 night
Drive
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Mena
— 1 night
Drive
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Texarkana
Drive
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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Little Rock
— 1 night
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Altoona

— 1 day
Altoona is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States and is a part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Altoona travel route builder site.

New York City to Altoona is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in April, plan for little chillier nights in Altoona, with lows around 38°F. You will leave for Eureka Springs on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Altoona

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, look for gifts at The Spice & Tea Exchange, then admire the masterpieces at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and finally walk around Bentonville Town Square. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thorncrown Chapel and then appreciate the history behind Christ of the Ozarks.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Eureka Springs online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Altoona to Eureka Springs in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Altoona in April: high temperatures in Eureka Springs hover around 68°F and lows are around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Fort Smith.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fort Smith

— 1 night
Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. Plan my day in Fort Smith using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Eureka Springs to Fort Smith in 2 hours. Traveling from Eureka Springs in April, expect nights in Fort Smith to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 74°F. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mena.

Things to do in Fort Smith

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Mena

— 1 night
Mena is a city in Polk County, Arkansas, United States. On the 19th (Mon), admire all the interesting features of Queen Wilhelmina State Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mena online tour planner.

Drive from Fort Smith to Mena in 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 50°F. You will leave for Texarkana on the 20th (Tue).

Things to do in Mena

Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Trails
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Texarkana

Texarkana is the largest city and the county seat of Miller County, Arkansas, United States. For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Texarkana tour planning app.

Drive from Mena to Texarkana in 2 hours. April in Texarkana sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 52°F at night. On the 20th (Tue), you're off to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Texarkana

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Childrens Museums

Hot Springs

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anthony Chapel, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Hot Springs Mountain Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): make a trip to Bathhouse Row, then steep yourself in history at Fordyce Bathhouse, and then stop by Bathhouse Soapery.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hot Springs tour planner.

Traveling by car from Texarkana to Hot Springs takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Hot Springs can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Little Rock.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Shopping

Little Rock

— 1 night

The Rock

Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Testament: The Little Rock Nine Monument.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Little Rock day trip website.

Drive from Hot Springs to Little Rock in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daytime highs in Little Rock are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Little Rock

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.