4 days in Alabama, Mississippi & Arkansas Itinerary

4 days in Alabama, Mississippi & Arkansas Itinerary

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Fly
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Orange Beach
— 1 day
Taxi to Fort Morgan, Ferry to Dauphin Island
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Dauphin Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Natchez
— 1 night
Drive
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Hot Springs
— 1 night
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Orange Beach

Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Gulf Shores Public Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Orange Beach trip planner.

Tampa to Orange Beach is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Dauphin Island.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 28:

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Dauphin Island

Dauphin Island is a town in Mobile County, Alabama, United States, on a barrier island of the same name (split by the Katrina Cut), at the Gulf of Mexico. On the 28th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, steep yourself in history at Fort Gaines, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dauphin Island day trip site.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Orange Beach to Dauphin Island in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Natchez.

Things to do in Dauphin Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 28:

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Natchez

Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. On the 29th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Stanton Hall, steep yourself in history at Rosalie Mansion, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary Basilica.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Natchez holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Dauphin Island to Natchez takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and train. In August, daily temperatures in Natchez can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Natchez

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 29:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Lake Catherine State Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Anthony Chapel.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hot Springs travel route website.

You can drive from Natchez to Hot Springs in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In August in Hot Springs, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Alabama travel guide

4.2
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.

Mississippi travel guide

3.5
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.

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.