Day Trips From Little Rock: Driving Times and Distances

Blanchard Springs Caverns waterfall

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Since Little Rock is in central Arkansas, you're in the middle of it all. From here you can get to many different attractions and cities. Little Rock is the perfect central location for your vacation. You can get about 300 miles on one tank of gas. We consider a day trip to be any location that only takes one tank of gas. That means you can get there in 150 miles or less (which leaves you some gas in the tank for the trip back).

Please note that the times and mileages are estimates and will vary depending on where in Little Rock you start, which route you take and how often you stop.

Day Trips
 

Little Rock to Blanchard Springs Caverns
105.36 miles
2 hours, 35 minutes
Blanchard Springs is a fun cavern with railings and a paved surface to walk on.  Two trails are available daily. Even the easy trail is quite a walk, but kids do enjoy looking at the bats and cave formations. 

Little Rock to Buffalo River National Park: Harrison, Arkansas
135.72 miles
2 hours, 53 minutes
The Buffalo River National Park is a popular spot for all kinds of outdoor recreation including white water rafting, kayaking, fishing, and hiking. It's also a great spot for wildlife viewing.

Little Rock to Bentonville, Arkansas
215.93 miles
3 hours, 38 minutes
Bentonville is the home of the Wal-Mart visitor's center, Crystal Bridges Museum, the Scott Family Amazeum, and Wal-Mart corporate headquarters.

Because Wal-Mart headquarters brings in learned and wealthy guests, this area has become a cultural destination in Arkansas.

Little Rock to Crater of Diamonds State Park: Murfreesboro, Arkansas
109.48 miles
2 hours, 32 minutes
Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only diamond mine in the United States were members of the public can dig for gems and keep what they find.



Little Rock to Eureka Springs, Arkansas
183.00 miles
4 hours, 7 minutes
Eureka Springs is a quaint little town and a popular honeymoon spot. You'll find Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and lots of quaint shops.

Little Rock to Fayetteville, Arkansas
190.86 miles
3 hours, 9 minutes
Fayetteville is the home of the Arkansas Razorbacks and Arkansas State University.

Little Rock to Hope, Arkansas
112.69 miles
1 hour, 45 minutes
Hope was the birthplace of Bill Clinton and Mike Huckabee.

Little Rock to Hot Springs, Arkansas
54.93 miles
1 hour, 2 minutes
Hot Springs is the home Oaklawn, a lot of fun family attractions, Garvan Gardens, and Magic Springs.  It's a popular destination for food, fun and unusual attractions. They also have the hot springs and bathhouses.

Little Rock to Memphis, Tennessee
137.68 miles
2 hours, 6 minutes
Visit Graceland, the Memphis Zoo, the Civil Rights Museum, the Pink Palace, and more.

Little Rock to Mount Magazine State Park: Paris, Arkansas
120.63 miles
2 hours, 22 minutes
Aside from being a beautiful state park, Mount Magazine is the highest point in Arkansas.

Little Rock to Petit Jean State Park: Morrilton, AR
67.94 miles
1 hour, 27 minutes
Petit Jean is a scenic state park and lodge with lots of hiking and other outdoor recreation.



Little Rock to Pinnacle Mountain State Park: Roland, Arkansas
18.31 miles
32 minutes
Pinnacle has many events at the visitor's center and several nice hikes.

Little Rock to Riddle's Elephant Farm: Greenbriar, Arkansas
43.08 miles
46 minutes
This elephant sanctuary has African and Asian elephants and is open to the public on select weekends.

Weekend Getaways
 

Little Rock to Dallas, Texas
319.53 miles
5 hours, 3 minutes

Little Rock to Gulf Shores, Alabama
583.75 miles
10 hours, 16 minutes

Little Rock to Nashville, Tennesse
5 hours, 22 minutes
349.29 miles

Little Rock to New Orleans, Louisiana
530.87 miles
8 hours, 6 minutes

Little Rock to St. Louis, Missouri
6 hours, 5 minutes
404.69 miles