9 days in Arkansas & Phoenix & Central Arizona Itinerary

9 days in Arkansas & Phoenix & Central Arizona Itinerary

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Drive
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Morrilton
— 1 day
Drive to Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field, Fly to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
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Phoenix
— 1 night
Fly
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Eureka Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fort Smith
— 1 night
Drive
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Hot Springs
— 4 nights
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Morrilton

Morrilton is a city in Conway County, Arkansas, United States, less than northwest of Little Rock. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museum of Automobiles, admire the majestic nature at Petit Jean State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cedar Falls Trail.

To see where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Morrilton travel route planner.

Little Rock to Morrilton is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In September in Morrilton, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Morrilton

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

1
night
Phoenix

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take a stroll through Old Town Scottsdale.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Phoenix trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Morrilton to Phoenix. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Morrilton in September; daily highs in Phoenix reach 99°F and lows reach 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Phoenix

Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

2
nights
Eureka Springs

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 30th (Wed): Head underground at Cosmic Cavern, then view the masterpieces at Quicksilver Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, and finally wander the streets of Eureka Springs Historical Downtown. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, then take in the history at Pea Ridge National Military Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Beaver Lake.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Eureka Springs day trip planning website.

Getting from Phoenix to Eureka Springs by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to Eureka Springs. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Phoenix in September: high temperatures in Eureka Springs hover around 82°F and lows are around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Fort Smith.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

1
night
Fort Smith

Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): stroll the grounds of Fort Smith National Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Fort Smith National Historic Site, then get engrossed in the history at Fort Smith Museum of History, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Inner Peace Massage and Body Studio.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Fort Smith day trip planner.

You can drive from Eureka Springs to Fort Smith in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Eureka Springs in October: highs in Fort Smith hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Fort Smith

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

4
nights
Hot Springs

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Old Mill and Grand Promenade. Get some cultural insight at Anthony Chapel and The Galleries at Library Square. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hot Springs: Little Rock (La Petit Roche Plaza & River Market District), DeGray Lake Resort State Park (in Bismarck) and Mount Magazine State Park (in Paris). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Ouachita National Forest, immerse yourself in nature at Lake Catherine State Park, explore the activities along Lake Ouachita, and get in on the family fun at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hot Springs trip app.

Traveling by car from Fort Smith to Hot Springs takes 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Hot Springs can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Arkansas travel guide

4.4
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.

Phoenix & Central Arizona travel guide

4.4
Gardens · Specialty Museums · Golf Courses