4 days in Alabama, Mississippi & Arkansas Itinerary

4 days in Alabama, Mississippi & Arkansas Itinerary

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

Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
On the 15th (Fri), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then kick back and relax at Gulf Shores Public Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Orange Beach holiday planning website.

Tampa to Orange Beach is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tampa to Orange Beach due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dauphin Island.
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Dauphin Island — 1 night

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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of 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.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dauphin Island holiday website.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Orange Beach to Dauphin Island in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and ferry. July in Dauphin Island sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Natchez.
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Natchez — 1 night

Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Stanton Hall, contemplate the long history of Rosalie Mansion, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary Basilica.

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You can drive from Dauphin Island to Natchez in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In July in Natchez, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hot Springs.
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Hot Springs — 1 night

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 18th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Lake Catherine State Park and then pause for some serene contemplation at Anthony Chapel.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hot Springs route planner.

You can drive from Natchez to Hot Springs in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Alabama travel guide

4.3
Military Museums · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Historic Sites
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.
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Mississippi travel guide

3.4
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.
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Arkansas travel guide

4.4
State Parks · Art Museums · Historic 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.
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