28 days in United States & Arkansas Itinerary

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Oklahoma City
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Hot Springs
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Cotter
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Eureka Springs
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Omaha
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Valentine
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Custer
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Deadwood
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Badlands National Park
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Gering
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
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Jemez Springs
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Oklahoma City — 3 nights

The Big Friendly

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
Visiting Boomer Lake Park and Martin Park Nature Center will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Carl Blackwell and Plaza District. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oklahoma City: Shawnee (Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art & Firelake Grand Casino), Norman (Native Spirits Winery, National Weather Center, &more) and Stillwater (Lost Creek Safari, National Wrestling Hall of Fame, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Henry Overholser Mansion, examine the collection at National Softball Hall of Fame, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Old Cathedral, and identify plant and animal life at Tallgrass Prairie.

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Dallas to Oklahoma City is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dallas in August, with highs in Oklahoma City at 38°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to fly to Hot Springs.
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Catherine State Park and DeGray Lake Resort State Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Mount Nebo State Park and The Arkansas River Trail. Explore Hot Springs' surroundings by going to Lake Dardanelle State Park (in Dardanelle), Cedar Falls Trail (in Morrilton) and Little Rock (Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, get answers to all your questions at Mountain Valley Spring Water Visitor Center & Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ouachita, and take in panoramic vistas at Hot Springs Mountain.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hot Springs holiday planner.

Fly from Oklahoma City to Hot Springs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Cotter.
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Cotter — 2 nights

Cotter is a city in Baxter County, Arkansas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see a world frozen in time at Rush Historic District, admire the majestic nature at Tyler Bend Visitor Center, head outdoors with Ozark Moonshine Run, then immerse yourself in nature at Bull Shoals-White River State Park, then get outside with Papa Bill's White River Trout Guide Service, and finally cast your line with White River Family Fishing. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Big Spring Park.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cotter sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Cotter in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Hot Springs in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cotter, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Eureka Springs.
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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 6th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours, stroll through White River Valley Trail, trek along Table Rock Lakeshore Trail, then learn about winemaking at Lindwedel Winery, and finally tee off at Pointe Royale Golf Course. On the next day, stop by Fresh Harvest Tasting Room - Eureka Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Quicksilver Gallery, appreciate the history behind Gazebo Books, then admire the local landmark of World Peace Fountain, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Razorback Regional Greenway, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Withrow Springs State Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Eureka Springs road trip planning tool.

Getting from Cotter to Eureka Springs by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Eureka Springs can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Omaha.
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Omaha — 2 nights

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Explore hidden gems such as Linoma Beach and Lake Manawa Beach. Get in touch with nature at Chalco Hills Recreation Area and Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Desoto National Wildlife Refuge (in Missouri Valley), Cellar 426 Winery (in Ashland) and Platte River State Park (in Louisville). There's much more to do: walk around Hitchcock Nature Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Heron Haven, stroll the grounds of Mormon Pioneer Cemetery, and explore the galleries of General Crook House Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Omaha visit planning app.

Traveling by flight from Eureka Springs to Omaha takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Omaha, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Valentine.
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Valentine — 1 night

Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. On the 11th (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Smith Falls State Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Snake River Falls, trek along Valentine National Wildlife Refuge, identify plant and animal life at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, then take in the views from Bryan Bridge, and finally get engrossed in the history at Centennial Hall.

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Drive from Omaha to Valentine in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Omaha in September since evenings lows in Valentine dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Custer.
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Custer — 2 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 12th (Mon), examine the collection at Custer County 1881 Courthouse, take in the pleasant sights at Sunday Gulch Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Elk Peak, tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Devil's Tower Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Grace Coolidge Creek, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Center Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, do a tasting at Twisted Pine Winery, take an in-depth tour of South Dakota State Railroad Museum, Ltd., then explore the activities along Horse Thief Lake, and finally get great views at Mount Coolidge.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Custer trip planner.

Traveling by car from Valentine to Custer takes 4 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Valentine in September: high temperatures in Custer hover around 25°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Deadwood.
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Deadwood — 2 nights

Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): try to win big at Gold Dust Casino, relax and rejuvenate at Stress Relief Massage of Deadwood, stroll through Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail, cool off at Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center, then make a trip to Aladdin General Store, and finally identify plant and animal life at Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Old Fort Meade Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Bear Butte State Park, do a tasting at Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House, then stroll the grounds of Black Hill National Cemetery, then appreciate the history behind Wild Bill, and finally look for gifts at Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Deadwood trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood. September in Deadwood sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.
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Badlands National Park — 4 nights

Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Badlands Wall and Door Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Notch Trail and Saddle Pass Trail. Take a break from Badlands National Park with a short trip to Hurley Butte Horseback Riding in Interior, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Burns Basin Overlook, take some stellar pictures from Yellow Mounds Overlook, and look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Deadwood in September: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gering.
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Gering — 2 nights

Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Oregon Trail Ruts and Saddle Rock Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Guernsey State Park and Pine Ridge National Recreation Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gering: Courthouse and Jail Rocks (in Bridgeport), Army Iron Bridge (in Fort Laramie) and Register Cliffs (in Guernsey). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area and Nature Center, get engrossed in the history at Dobby's Frontier Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Minatare, and admire the majestic nature at Chadron State Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Gering trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Gering in 4.5 hours. In September in Gering, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve — 1 night

On the 22nd (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek, then hike along Mosca Pass Trail, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gering to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Gering in September: high temperatures in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve hover around 28°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Jemez Springs.
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Jemez Springs — 2 nights

Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. On the 23rd (Fri), take a memorable drive along Jemez Mountain Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Battleship Rock, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op, indulge in some personalized pampering at Float Los Alamos, then take a peaceful walk through Santa Fe National Forest, and finally stroll around Ashley Pond Park. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Ponderosa Valley Vineyards, identify plant and animal life at Ojito Wilderness, cruise along Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway, hike along Jemez National Recreation Area, then take in the natural beauty of Soda Dam Hot Springs, and finally see human ingenuity at work at Soda Dam.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Jemez Springs. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 14°C in Jemez Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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Arkansas travel guide

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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.
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