5 days in Arkansas Itinerary

5 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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Hot Springs
— 1 night
Eureka Springs
— 3 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 14th (Sun), look for gifts at The Bath Factory, pause for some serene contemplation at Anthony Chapel, and then admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then learn about winemaking at The Winery of Hot Springs, then steep yourself in history at Fordyce Bathhouse, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Hot Springs Mountain Tower.

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New Orleans to Hot Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from New Orleans in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hot Springs, with highs around 90°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Eureka Springs.
Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Shopping
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Eureka Springs — 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bentonville (The Walmart Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, &more) and Tontitown Winery (in Springdale). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, identify plant and animal life at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, pause for some photo ops at Christ of the Ozarks, and sample the tasty concoctions at Gotahold Brewing.

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Getting from Hot Springs to Eureka Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Hot Springs in August, expect nights in Eureka Springs to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are slightly colder, around 85°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature
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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.