Arkansas July 03, 2017
10 Out Of This World Summer Day Trips To Take In Arkansas
Summertime comes with its own challenges, doesn’t it? It’s hot outside, the days seem endless, and you’re always looking for ways to entertain yourself and your kids during those extended daylight hours. You’re in luck, because I’ve compiled a list of ten day trips you need to take this summer.
Below the information about these stunning day trips, you’ll find links to articles that will tell you all about these ten delightful Natural State destinations.
1. Kick back with some barbecue, gambling, and bathhouses in Hot Springs.
Does that kind of adventure sound pretty great to you? Hot Springs has been recognized as the one of the best barbecue cities in the U.S., and they’ve got lots of incredible activities, too. From playing the ponies at Oaklawn to spending your day strolling the national park, you’ll find tons to do in Hot Springs, which makes it just about perfect for a day trip.
To find more on what you should do in Hot Springs,
2. Float along the gorgeous Ouachita River.
Arkansas’s natural lazy river is an ideal place to float your troubles away on a tube, canoe, or kayak. The scenery is just beautiful and you don’t have to work hard to enjoy it. The most popular float is from Oden to the Rocky Shoals Campground, and that ten mile adventure is sure to float your boat.
Learn more about this lazy river
at this link.
3. Take in all the wonders of our capital in Little Rock.
There are so many things to do in Little Rock that you might just decide to extend your day trip into a weekend. Tons of attractions, some of the best food in the Natural State, and a gorgeously developed riverfront await you in Little Rock, as well as beautiful historic buildings and a whole bunch of hidden wonders.
You might want to check out
about hidden gems in Little Rock.
4. Explore the beauty and clarity of Lake Ouachita.
Lake Ouachita is one of the clearest lakes in North America, and one of the largest lakes in Arkansas. If you need some other information that will make you want to go, you should also know that depending on the lake level, there are hundreds of islands in Lake Ouachita. If that doesn’t entice you to spend a day exploring the lake, I don’t know what will.
You can find more about Lake Ouachita
5. Take your time trying wine in Altus.
Altus is the heart of Arkansas’s wine country. Smooth whites and deep reds await you at the many wineries there, and those wineries are all nestled in an incredibly scenic valley. If you’re looking for a way to spend the day trying local wine, eating delicious food, and enjoying gorgeous countryside, a trip to Altus is absolutely perfect for you.
You can learn all about Arkansas’s wine trail by
6. Enjoy all the unique wonders up in Eureka Springs.
Eureka Springs is one of Arkansas’s finest tourist towns, boasting attractions like Thorncrown Chapel and hotels like the 1886 Crescent Hotel. More than just a quaint little Victorian village with lots of things to do, Eureka Springs is famed for its unique spirit and lively downtown.
For things to do on your adventure to Eureka Springs,
7. Take a dip and a trip around Lake Greeson.
Lake Greeson is a vastly underrated lake located near Murfreesboro. The lake can tend to be a little busy on the weekends, especially during the summer, so you may want to plan this day trip in the middle of the week. In Lake Greeson you can swim, boat, kayak, or simply enjoy the view. The camping there is also excellent, if you decide to prolong your day trip.
To see more of Lake Greeson’s charms,
8. Haul in some big fish in Cotter.
Located on the downright incredible White River, Cotter has been the home of great fishing for decades upon decades. There’s no reason you can’t spend your whole day casting out into the water in search of some truly epic trout, but there are about a million ways to enjoy the charming little town of Cotter and its portion of the White River.
For more things to do in Cotter,
9. Cool your feet and feast your eyes at Cove Lake.
Cove Lake sits in the shadow of Mount Magazine, Arkansas’s highest point, meaning there’s no reason you can’t spend the day swimming and then drive a few minutes to see the breathtaking views at the scenic overlooks just up the road. On top of its recreational appeal and proximity to stunning views, Cove Lake is a peaceful and beautiful lake to spend your time exploring.
More information on Cove Lake can be found
at this link.
10. Check out the new face of Fort Smith.
Fort Smith has invested a lot of time and energy in their Unexpected project. The Unexpected is a festival of murals that has added a number of new faces and shapes to the buildings in Fort Smith’s historic downtown. While you’re in town you should also check out the good eats, great shopping, and intense history of Garrison Avenue.
To find out why Fort Smith is our most underrated city and see a few of the things you should do there,
For things you can only see in Arkansas, check out
this list. You might also be interested in adventures you can only have in Arkansas.