7 days in Arkansas Itinerary

7 days in Arkansas Itinerary

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Fly to Tulsa, Drive to Fayetteville
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Fayetteville
— 1 night
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Eureka Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hot Springs
— 3 nights
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Fayetteville

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museum of Native American History, then get engrossed in the history at The Walmart Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and finally walk around Bentonville Town Square. Keep things going the next day: hike along Tanyard Creek Nature Trail, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Fayetteville.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fayetteville journey planner.

Austin to Fayetteville is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, Fayetteville is little chillier than Austin - with highs of 73°F and lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 3rd (Sun): explore the activities along Beaver Lake, do a tasting at Railway Winery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thorncrown Chapel, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Christ of the Ozarks, walk around Basin Spring Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, then shop like a local with The Birdcage, and finally stop by Eureka Springs Historical Downtown.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Eureka Springs trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Fayetteville to Eureka Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Eureka Springs can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Hot Springs

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hot Springs: Little Rock (The Galleries at Library Square, William J. Clinton Presidential Library, &more) and Crater of Diamonds State Park (in Murfreesboro). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Anthony Chapel, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and enjoy breathtaking views from Hot Springs Mountain Tower.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Hot Springs trip planning site.

You can drive from Eureka Springs to Hot Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Eureka Springs in October, expect nights in Hot Springs to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Museums

Side Trips

Arkansas travel guide

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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.