Arkansas package vacations will introduce you to a destination that has a state park for every week of the year, seven national parks, and more than 3,000 square miles of protected forestland. Covering a significant part of northwest Arkansas, the snow-capped spine of the Ozark Mountains overlooks an impressive patchwork of fields, forests, and meandering rivers.
However, while vacations in Arkansas offer all the grandeur and majesty of the Great Outdoors, there are plenty of towns and cities for those who prefer urban pursuits. With a superb selection of accommodation on offer, whether you’re after a sophisticated city vacation or a ‘get back to nature’ adventure with the whole family, Arkansas is an ideal spot for a relaxing vacation.
Known as the ‘Natural State’, Arkansas is packed with spectacular scenery and plenty of outdoor activities. Both the Buffalo River and the Arkansas River offer fantastic kayaking, canoeing and fishing opportunities, while rock climbing fans hardy enough to tackle the Ozark Mountains will be rewarded with amazing views of the Natural State in all its glory. However, the best sights aren’t always to be found above ground. Head to the Blanchard Springs Caverns, and take in the wonders of the subterranean calcite formations that have developed over millions of years.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy a family vacation or want the chance to steal some special moments with your partner, there are some beautiful towns and cities to explore. Those travelling with children should check out the town of Hot Springs. Once a favored bolt hole of the gangster Al Capone, it offers superb shopping and plenty for youngsters. Of all the attractions, the Hot Springs National Park is the most popular. Here, you’ll find the warm and soothing waters that were used by the Native Americans long before the pioneers set foot in the region. Eureka Springs is ideal for couples considering vacation rentals in quirky, 19th-century surroundings. With excellent shopping and dining, it’s the perfect romantic retreat.
You don’t have to be a fan of the Clinton presidential administration to appreciate a visit to the Clinton Presidential Library – even Republicans are welcome! Located in elegant Little Rock, this historic site and visitor center is packed with interactive presentations that don’t attempt to gloss over any of the trickier moments of Clinton’s tenure as President of the United States. With some beautiful accommodation giving you easy access to other attractions, Little Rock is ideal for first-timers on their Arkansas vacations.
Sweethearts looking to spend some quality time together might enjoy the beautiful countryside that surrounds Jasper. It’s a friendly, small town not far from the Buffalo River, with some historic buildings to enjoy such as the quirky Emma’s Museum of Junk. Look out for the Buffalo River Elk Festival, which celebrates the majestic moose that roam the surrounding forests. If you’re travelling with the family, the city of Mountain Home offers some excellent attractions such as bike trails, several golf courses, the Norfork National Fish Hatchery, and the family-centric Red, White and Blue Festival.
Summer sees high temperatures and pretty high humidity too, so if you like things a little cooler and fresher for those long hikes, choose the shoulder seasons. Late spring sees the countryside blooming into life, while the fall offers cooler temperatures and golden hues in the spectacular scenery.
While there are planes and trains to get you from A to B, cars are the quickest and most convenient for short distances and the best way to make the most of the state’s natural beauty. Be sure to make the time to drive along the Great River Road, which will lead you through a patchwork of farmland, historic towns and some ancient forests. For something with added drama, make your way along the Arkansas Scenic 7 route, which offers outstanding views of the towering Ozark Mountains.