5 days in Arkansas Itinerary

5 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arkansas tour itinerary planner
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Fly to Fayetteville, Drive to Hot Springs
Hot Springs
— 3 nights
— 1 night


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.
Family-friendly places like Garvan Woodland Gardens and William J. Clinton Presidential Library will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Little Rock (Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site & The Galleries at Library Square). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at Anthony Chapel, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and get to know the fascinating history of Bathhouse Row.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hot Springs trip tool.

New York City to Hot Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Hot Springs is minus 1 hour. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hot Springs, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bentonville.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas
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Bentonville — 1 night

Primarily known as the home of Walmart’s corporate headquarters, Bentonville embodies small-town America.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, take an in-depth tour of The Walmart Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Native American History.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bentonville journey builder website.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Bentonville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Hot Springs in December, things will get little chillier in Bentonville: highs are around 49°F and lows about 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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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.