3 Day Trip Ideas: Arkansas
Updated: Jan 4, 2020
July 4, 2019 marks Kyle and I’s 5th wedding anniversary. To cut back on spending, we decided to plan out a few day trips instead of spending money on a hotel or Airbnb (if you‘ve never used Airbnb before we can give you $40 off your first stay - click here for the coupon!). We love Airbnb and use it often for traveling locally and internationally.
Here’s a few photos from some of the Airbnbs from Arkansas we‘ve stayed in over the last couple of years.
One Airbnb we stayed at after a friend’s wedding in Springdale, AR. The other Airbnb is from our 4th wedding anniversary in Hiwasse, AR. If you’re looking for a friendly host that goes above and beyond, stay at Camp David (Hiwasse, AR). We choose this Airbnb because it’s close to Crystal Bridges (a free, incredible art museum in Bentonville, AR) and was dog friendly. The owners left us the sweetest note with a free bottle of champagne for our anniversary and even invited us to their family’s 4th of July celebration. We can not recommend them enough!
Enough talk about Airbnb’s - let’s talk about our Top 3 Day Trip Ideas in Arkansas.
We drove down to Devil’s Den State Park for a school project I had in my History of the Ozark class in college. This state park is in the Boston Mountains. I’m a "mountain" girl at heart and so if I’m craving mountain time but cannot afford the drive to Colorado - Devil's Den State Park it is!
This is about 3 hours from our home so it’s not terrible for a quick trip. We hiked for 3 hours and the area is super dog friendly so we brought our Meadow pup with us. Our dogs actually have their own personal Instagram account, you can follow them here.
The two trails we completed equaled 4 miles of hiking. I made sure to pack our Young Living sunscreen and DIY Bug Spray so we could enjoy the trails with peace of mind. The first hike we did is called Devil’s Den Trail. This hike is an easy 1 mile hike, but does include so many stairs. The path is mostly shaded, which is nice. All the caves are closed right now, but they did provide a nice cool breeze as we walked by. Devil’s Den Trail also features a waterfall. Be prepared to hike with lots of families, since the trail is shorter it will most likely be busy.
The second trail we did is called Yellow Rock Trail. This is a longer hike, totaling 2 hours. the views here are well worth it and I’d recommend Yellow Rock more than Devil’s Den for that reason. Most of the photos from our trip are from the Yellow Rock Trail. I’d love to come back in the fall and hike the trail again!
If you’re anxious to get out of town, Eureka Springs is another wonderful day trip destination! This town has that Branson, MO charm - complete with the quirky shops and local artist.
We came to Eureka Springs for our 3rd anniversary and stayed in a castle just for fun!
If you don’t want to stay the night there is still plenty to do! My sister, mom and I visited for a day trip and had so much fun!
First off, Eureka Springs is home to so much local art. You can enjoy the town by simply walking around and checking out the street art and live music.
Grab a delicious dessert at the local coffee shop, The Daily Roast. My favorite is the double shot of espresso poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Yes, please!
The coffee shop is located on the left side of this unique building. Here's a complete list of coffee in Eureka Springs found on Trip Advisor.
Check out the local history too! We walked around and basically gave ourselves a self-guided tour. You can also sign up for an official historical tour and learn more about the unique homes in Eureka Springs. We also visited the local history museum. I could spend hours in there (don’t bring me into a museum unless you want to stay awhile). We purchased trolley passes so we could see the whole city!
3. Bentonville, AR
Last but not least - Bentonville, AR. This one may be a bit obvious to most people so I won’t spend too much time elaborating.
Visit the famous Crystal Bridges Museum for free. Stop by Onyx Coffee Lab for a yummy latte. Check out the Walmart Museum (another fun, free thing to do). Grab a scoop of ice cream after the Walmart Museum to cool off if you're visiting in the summertime.
All the restaurants downtown on the square are worth checking out. We like the Mesa Table if you’re craving Mexican! Bring your pup and sit on the patio. We love how pet friendly the area is!
Here‘s two of our favorite places for food:
We love the Bonefish Grill located in Rogers, AR. I’ll be dreaming about that meal for a long time. Every bite was delicious and noteworthy. This is more of an upscale, date night dining experience. Our bill was around $100 so its not out of this world expensive. We ordered drinks, appetizers and entrees.
Our number one go to if we are in the NW AR area is the Farmer’s Table in Fayetteville, AR. I like to get the traditional breakfast and Kyle’s go-to is the tacos. Everything on the menu is locally sourced and absolutely yummy. The restaurant is usually busy so call ahead if you’re planning a day trip and want to try it out. We called 30 minutes before we arrived and we had a table waiting for us. They do not take reservations. Learn more about the Farmer’s Table here.
Where are some of your favorite Day Trip spots in Arkansas? Any of your favorite places to eat we missed?
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