7 days in Arkansas Itinerary

7 days in Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arkansas trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Fayetteville, Drive to Hot Springs
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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mountain View
— 1 night
Drive
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Bull Shoals
— 1 night
Drive
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Eureka Springs
— 2 nights
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Hot Springs

— 2 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.
Bring the kids along to Fordyce Bathhouse and Garvan Woodland Gardens. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, examine the collection at The Galaxy Connection, take in the exciting artwork at Artists' Workshop Gallery, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Hot Springs road trip planning website.

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Hot Springs. Traveling from New York City in July, you will find days in Hot Springs are a bit warmer (92°F), and nights are about the same (72°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mountain View.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Spas · Nature

Mountain View

— 1 night
Mountain View is the largest city in and the county seat of Stone County, Arkansas. On the 6th (Tue), walk around Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, then immerse yourself in nature at Ozark Folk Center State Park, then Head underground at Blanchard Springs Caverns, and finally snap pictures at Swinging Bridge.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mountain View day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Mountain View takes 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Mountain View are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bull Shoals.

Things to do in Mountain View

Parks · Nature · Museums · Nightlife

Side Trip

Bull Shoals

— 1 night
Bull Shoals is a city in Marion County, Arkansas, United States, founded in 1954. Bull Shoals Caverns has been added to your itinerary. On the 7th (Wed), cast your line with Cotter Trout Dock Guided Trout Fishing Tours, then get outside with Papa Bill's White River Trout Guide Service, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Bull Shoals Caverns.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bull Shoals day trip planning site.

You can drive from Mountain View to Bull Shoals in 1.5 hours. In July in Bull Shoals, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Bull Shoals

Outdoors · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, browse for treasures at The Barn Shoppes, then stroll through Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, and finally pause for some photo ops at Christ of the Ozarks. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at The Birdcage, stop by The Spice & Tea Exchange, then explore the world behind art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Walmart Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Eureka Springs trip planner.

Drive from Bull Shoals to Eureka Springs in 2 hours. July in Eureka Springs sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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.