9 days in Arkansas Itinerary

9 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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Drive to George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport, Fly to Springfield Branson National Airport, Drive to Eureka Springs
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Eureka Springs
— 2 nights
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Little Rock
— 2 nights
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Hot Springs
— 3 nights
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Drive to Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field, Fly to George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport, Drive to Nederland

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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.
Bring the kids along to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Thorncrown Chapel. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Native American History and The Walmart Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Eureka Springs: Historic Downtown Branson (in Branson) and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park (in Lampe). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, whizz through the canopy at Ozark Mountain Ziplines, wander the streets of Eureka Springs Historical Downtown, and take in the exciting artwork at The Birdcage.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Eureka Springs online itinerary planner.

Nederland to Eureka Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Nederland in October, expect Eureka Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 71°F and 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Little Rock.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Little Rock

The Rock

Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
On the 26th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, ponder the world of politics at Old State House Museum, admire the landmark architecture of William J. Clinton Presidential Library, then take in the exciting artwork at The Galleries at Library Square, and finally make a trip to La Petit Roche Plaza. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Arkansas Arts Center, examine the collection at Esse Purse Museum & Store, then immerse yourself in nature at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Testament: The Little Rock Nine Monument.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Little Rock trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Eureka Springs to Little Rock takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Eureka Springs in October, expect nights in Little Rock to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Little Rock

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Xtreme Strike Guide Service. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fordyce Bathhouse and Anthony Chapel. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, hike along Grand Promenade, get to know the fascinating history of Bathhouse Row, and take in panoramic vistas at Hot Springs Mountain Tower.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hot Springs day trip planning tool.

Drive from Little Rock to Hot Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Arkansas travel guide

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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.