Arkansas's Scenic 7 Byway
How to Find It: Head south of Springfield to Harrison, Arkansas. From there, you’ll head further south on the byway (aka Highway 7) toward Russellville. Check the map and plan your trip.
Time Commitment: The byway is 85 miles, so plan to be driving for more than two hours, plus stops.
Why It’s Worth the Gas: This is a great drive for lovers of Arkansas because you’ll see some of the area’s prettiest spots, like the quartz-filled Ouachita Mountains, the Arkansas River Valley, the Ozark Mountains and the Buffalo National River. The towns of Harrison, Jasper and Hot Springs all offer nearby options for meandering side ventures, although the drive is gorgeous even if you never pull off. If stopping is your thing, be sure to seek out the observation tower located at the Scenic Point Gift Shop (102 S. Highway 7, Jasper, AR). It looks out over a deep, sweeping, wooded canyon for a great selfie opp.
Dine Along the Way: At the Cliff House Inn (6 Highway 7, Jasper, AR) you can peep the breathtaking Grand Canyon of the Ozarks after you grab a bite. If you’ve made a long day of this road trip and need a rest, you can even spend the night at the inn. Hot tip: You really need to be there at sunrise! It’s gorgeous.