9 days in Arkansas Itinerary

9 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arkansas holiday planner

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Hot Springs
— 3 nights
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Mountain View
— 2 nights
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Eureka Springs
— 2 nights
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Fort Smith
— 1 night
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Hot Springs

— 3 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 27th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Fordyce Bathhouse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Dapper & Debonaire, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anthony Chapel, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Garvan Woodland Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Hot Springs National Park and then enjoy breathtaking views from Hot Springs Mountain Tower.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hot Springs road trip tool.

Houston to Hot Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Houston in December, expect Hot Springs to be a bit cooler, temps between 55°F and 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mountain View.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Mountain View

— 2 nights
Mountain View is the largest city in and the county seat of Stone County, Arkansas. On the 29th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Ozark Folk Center State Park, make a trip to The Old Mill, then stroll around Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, and finally take in the views from Swinging Bridge. On the next day, take in the waterfront activity at Fairfield Bay Marina, then take a pleasant ride with OK Trading Post, and then Head underground at Blanchard Springs Caverns.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mountain View trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Mountain View takes 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Hot Springs in December since evenings lows in Mountain View dip to 31°F. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Mountain View

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): look for gifts at Tee Rex and then get a taste of the local shopping with Quicksilver Gallery.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Eureka Springs sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Mountain View to Eureka Springs takes 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fort Smith.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Fort Smith

— 1 night
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 (Sat): see the interesting displays at Fort Smith Trolley Museum, 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 get engrossed in the history at Van Buren River Valley Museum Association.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Fort Smith trip maker tool.

Drive from Eureka Springs to Fort Smith in 2 hours. Traveling from Eureka Springs in January, expect nights in Fort Smith to be about the same, around 29°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 52°F. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Fort Smith

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Arkansas travel guide

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State Parks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.