9 days in Arkansas & Louisiana Itinerary

9 days in Arkansas & Louisiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

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Eureka Springs
— 2 nights
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
New Orleans
— 2 nights


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 8th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, learn about winemaking at Railway Winery, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at Ozark Mountain Ziplines. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Quicksilver Gallery, view the masterpieces at Zarks Fine Design Gallery, then walk around Basin Spring Park, then view the masterpieces at The Birdcage, and finally wander the streets of Eureka Springs Historical Downtown.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Eureka Springs day trip planning site.

Camdenton to Eureka Springs is an approximately 3-hour car ride. October in Eureka Springs sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Lake Catherine State Park, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then stroll through Hot Springs Mountain, and finally do a tasting at The Winery of Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grand Promenade, then look for gifts at Bathhouse Soapery, then get advice or help at Mountain Valley Spring Water Visitor Center & Museum, and finally see a show at Woodlands Auditorium.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hot Springs trip site.

Getting from Eureka Springs to Hot Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Eureka Springs in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hot Springs, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

New Orleans

— 2 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Step off the beaten path and head to Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and Faubourg Marigny. Get some cultural insight at Whitney Plantation and Garden District. There's lots more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, sample the fine beverages at Old New Orleans Rum Distillery, learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, and look for gifts at Hex: Old World Witchery.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read New Orleans tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hot Springs to New Orleans in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Hot Springs, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Arkansas travel guide

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.

Louisiana travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.