5 days in Arkansas Itinerary

5 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arkansas route maker

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Hot Springs
— 1 night
Mountain View
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Drive to Fort Smith Regional Airport, Fly to Dallas


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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Lake Catherine State Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ouachita, and then trek along Grand Promenade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at DeGray Lake Resort State Park, then get in on the family fun at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hot Springs Mountain.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hot Springs tour planner.

Dallas to Hot Springs is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Dallas in June since evenings lows in Hot Springs dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mountain View.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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Mountain View

— 2 nights
Mountain View is the largest city in and the county seat of Stone County, Arkansas. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): see what you can catch with Bud Lady Fishing Guide Service, then contemplate the waterfront views at Greers Ferry Lake, and then take in the waterfront activity at Fairfield Bay Marina. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Ozark Folk Center State Park, don't miss a visit to The Old Mill, and then stroll around Blanchard Springs Recreation Area.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mountain View holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Mountain View takes 3 hours. Traveling from Hot Springs in June, plan for little chillier nights in Mountain View, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ponca.

Things to do in Mountain View

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): stroll through Arkansas Grand Canyon, then stroll through Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead, and then stroll through Lost Valley Trail.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ponca online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mountain View to Ponca takes 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Ponca can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ponca

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Arkansas travel guide

State Parks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious 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.