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Columbus to Hot Springs drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Columbus to Hot Springs road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Columbus to Hot Springs. If you're planning a road trip to Hot Springs, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Columbus
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:32 am  Cincinnati
eat at Rhinegeist Brewery
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:32 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:18 pm  Louisville
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 3:48 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:26 pm  Mammoth Cave National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:26 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

7:58 pm  Nashville
stay overnight at Gaylord Opryland Resort
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Gaylord Opryland Resort
drive for about 2 hours

11:04 am  Jackson (Tennessee)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:04 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:31 pm  Memphis
stay for about 3.5 hours
and leave at 5:01 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:08 pm  Little Rock
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 8:08 pm
drive for about 1 hour

9:10 pm  arrive in Hot Springs

day 2 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Cincinnati  (46 answers)
    Washington Park  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Cincinnati:
        Rhinegeist Brewery
        Skyline Chili
        Nada
        The Eagle
        Senate
    questions about Cincinnati:
        Best free things to do in Cincinnati?
        The best of Cincinnati?
        Top dining spots in Cincinnati!?
        Where is the best place to grab an early dinner in Cincinnati
        Running near Eden Park?

Louisville  (63 answers)
    Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory  (3 mentions)
    Churchill Downs  (2 mentions)
    Muhammad Ali Center  (2 mentions)
    Fourth Street Live!  (2 mentions)
    Louisville Slugger Field  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Louisville:
        Seviche, A Latin Restaurant
        Basa Restaurant
        Milkwood Restaurant
        Jeff Ruby's Louisville
        Hyatt Regency Louisville
    questions about Louisville:
        What's the best neighborhood in Louisville for a first time visitor?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Louisville?
        Any cool things to do/places to eat in Louisville?
        Hotels to stay at during the Kentucky Derby?
        Has anyone been to Butchertown Market?

Mammoth Cave National Park  (14 mentions)

Nashville  (233 answers)
    Grand Ole Opry  (8 mentions)
    Country Music Hall of Fame  (6 mentions)
    Ryman Auditorium  (6 mentions)
    Centennial Park  (6 mentions)
    The Parthenon  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Nashville:
        Bluebird Cafe
        Opryland Hotel
        Pancake Pantry
        Hattie B's Hot Chicken - 19th Ave
        Peg Leg Porker BBQ
    hotels around Nashville:
        Gaylord Opryland Resort
        The Hermitage Hotel
        Omni Nashville Hotel
    questions about Nashville:
        What's the best neighborhood in Nashville for a first time visitor?
        Nearby small towns or outdoor areas?
        Top of the line hotels in Nashville?
        What are some must sees in Nashville during the weekend
        Best Location to Stay

Jackson (Tennessee)  (6 answers)
    questions about Jackson (Tennessee):
        rv camp grounds
        Closest beach

Memphis  (140 answers)
    Beale Street  (9 mentions)
    Graceland  (9 mentions)
    National Civil Rights Museum  (8 mentions)
    Memphis Zoo  (7 mentions)
    Mud Island  (6 mentions)
    restaurants around Memphis:
        Central BBQ
        Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
        Charlie Vergos Rendezvous
        Payne's Bar-B-Q
        Cozy Corner Restaurant
    questions about Memphis:
        What's the best neighborhood in Memphis for a first time visitor?
        What are the musts of Memphis, y'all?
        Must sees in Memphis TN?? Hidden gems places to eat??
        Best blues clubs in Memphis?
        Good Food and Fun With Kids

Little Rock  (48 answers)
    William J Clinton Library  (6 mentions)
    Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site  (3 mentions)
    Governors Mansion Historic District  (2 mentions)
    William J. Clinton Presidential Center  (2 mentions)
    Museum of Discovery  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Little Rock:
        Doe's Eat Place
        Loca Luna
    questions about Little Rock:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Little Rock?
        Best sights in Little Rock
        Arkansas to Northern California
        Good Eating Gems
        Can't miss restaurants in Little Rock?


What are some things to do in Hot Springs?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Hot Springs. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  stephanie from Nixa asked:
Fun, family friendly, foodie things to do  (1 answer)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Hot Springs to Columbus drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Columbus to Hot Springs. Or get a full Columbus to Hot Springs flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Columbus well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Columbus!




At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 777 miles
driving time of 12 hours, 18 minutes
Hot Springs is 1 hour behind Columbus
56 Columbus travel answers
46 Cincinnati travel answers
63 Louisville travel answers
233 Nashville travel answers
6 Jackson (Tennessee) travel answers
140 Memphis travel answers
48 Little Rock travel answers
27 Hot Springs travel answers





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