7 days in Arkansas & Branson Itinerary

7 days in Arkansas & Branson Itinerary

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Hot Springs
— 1 night
— 3 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Ouachita, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Garvan Woodland Gardens. On your second day here, gain insight at Garland County Library, then take in panoramic vistas at Hot Springs Mountain Tower, then steep yourself in history at Fordyce Bathhouse, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hot Springs online vacation planner.

San Antonio to Hot Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Antonio in July, expect nights in Hot Springs to be about the same, around 72°F, while days are slightly colder, around 92°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Branson.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Spas · Nature · Historic Sites
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— 3 nights

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Branson is known for nightlife, theme parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get great views at College of the Ozarks, stroll through Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, explore the activities along Table Rock Lake, and browse the different shops at Branson Landing.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Branson trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Branson takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hot Springs in July: highs in Branson hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Christ of the Ozarks, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, and then explore the activities along Beaver Lake. On the next day, stroll through Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, then admire the masterpieces at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and then take an in-depth tour of The Walmart Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Eureka Springs visit planner.

Drive from Branson to Eureka Springs in 1.5 hours. July in Eureka Springs sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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.