7 days in Arkansas Itinerary

7 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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Hot Springs
— 4 nights
Little Rock
— 2 nights


Hot Springs

— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Quapaw Baths & Spa as well as Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines. Explore hidden gems such as Mount Magazine State Park and Lake Ouachita. Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Nebo State Park (in Dardanelle) and DeGray Lake Resort State Park (in Bismarck). There's lots more to do: stroll through Grand Promenade, don't miss a visit to Arkansas Walk of Fame, learn about winemaking at The Winery of Hot Springs, and admire the striking features of Medical Arts Building.

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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. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Hot Springs due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hot Springs: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 60°F at night. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Little Rock.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Little Rock

— 2 nights

The Rock

Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
Your day by day itinerary now includes William J. Clinton Presidential Library. On the 20th (Thu), contemplate the long history of William J. Clinton Presidential Library, then walk around Maumelle Park, and then walk around Two Rivers Park. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Plantation Agriculture Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park, then browse the different shops at Arkansas Peddlers Antique Mall, and finally learn about winemaking at Movie House Winery.

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You can drive from Hot Springs to Little Rock in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daytime highs in Little Rock are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Little Rock

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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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.