3 days in Arkansas Itinerary

3 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arkansas sightseeing planner

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Hot Springs
— 1 day
Eureka Springs
— 2 nights


Hot Springs

— 1 day

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 20th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then steep yourself in history at Fordyce Bathhouse, then enjoy breathtaking views from Hot Springs Mountain Tower, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anthony Chapel.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hot Springs tour itinerary maker website.

Little Rock to Hot Springs is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Hot Springs can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

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 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, look for gifts at Fresh Harvest Tasting Room - Eureka Springs, then view the masterpieces at Quicksilver Gallery, and finally pause for some photo ops at Christ of the Ozarks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): shop like a local with Cosmic Cavern, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Barn Shoppes, then stroll through Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, then wander the streets of Eureka Springs Historical Downtown, and finally shop like a local with The Birdcage.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Eureka Springs online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Eureka Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hot Springs in August: highs in Eureka Springs hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.