4 days in Arkansas Itinerary

4 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arkansas vacation planner

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Hot Springs
— 1 night
Eureka Springs
— 2 nights


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.
On the 16th (Fri), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then shop like a local with Artists' Workshop Gallery, then get advice or help at Fordyce Bathhouse, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Hot Springs Mountain Tower, then see the interesting displays at The Galaxy Connection, then admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens, and finally admire the striking features of Anthony Chapel.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hot Springs trip planner.

Memphis to Hot Springs is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Hot Springs are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Tours
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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thorncrown Chapel, then take in the exciting artwork at The Birdcage, then identify plant and animal life at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, and finally pause for some photo ops at Christ of the Ozarks. On your second day here, stroll around Bentonville Town Square, then explore the world behind art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and then take an in-depth tour of The Walmart Museum.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Eureka Springs vacation planner.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Eureka Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hot Springs in July: highs in Eureka Springs hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Arkansas travel guide

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.