The state of Arkansas (pronounced Ar-kan-saw) is in the southern United States, just north of Louisiana. The capital and most populous city is Little Rock. Arkansas is popular with vacationers due to the stunning Ozarks and Ouachita Mountains and the historic Native American sites including the Trail of Tears. The lowland river delta and wilderness areas are popular for outdoor pursuits.
The varied terrain in Arkansas gives the state a wide scope of activities. Plains, forests, mountains and rivers in the wilderness areas around your Arkansas holiday rental are open for hunting, fishing, hiking, climbing, kayaking, caving, boating, mountain biking and other outdoor sports. No mechanized vehicles such as 4x4 and off-road vehicles are permitted in these unspoilt areas which are protected by the National Park system. Blanchard Springs Cavern is a three-level cave system where a 1000 year old skeleton was discovered. Parts of the caves are open for guided tours. In contrast, the towns and cities of Arkansas are full of museums, parks, theatres, shops, art galleries and restaurants offering a totally different range of activities.
The capital, Little Rock, is one of Arkansas’ earliest settlements and is filled with interesting attractions. There are several museums and exhibits dedicated to the life of President Bill Clinton, former Governor of Arkansas. Visit Hot Springs National Park and bathe in the therapeutic warm waters of the grand bathhouses before exploring the lovely city, also called Hot Springs. Gillett is the site of the National Memorial and historic landmark commemorating European-American history and the American Revolution Battle. Fort Smith National Historic Site preserves the remains of two military forts and is on the historic Trail of Tears, when Native American Indians were relocated from their territorial homelands.
Arkansas generally has a humid continental climate with cooler temperatures in the northern highland areas. It has hot humid summers with average highs of 93°F (34°C) and thunderstorms at times. Winters are cold and relatively dry with daytime highs of 50°F (10°C) and below freezing overnight. Annual rainfall is between 40 and 60 inches, with more falling in the south. In winter the state gets plenty of snow, mostly in the mountains.
The main airport for holiday rentals in Arkansas is Little Rock (LIT) Airport in the centre of the state, just off Interstate 404. Transfers into the city are provided by the Inter-City Shuttle, taxis or use a hire car from the main rental companies such as Avis, Alamo and Hertz. Flights to Arkansas are provided by US carriers including American Airlines, Delta, Continental and Southwest airlines. There are no direct flights to Arkansas from the UK; a connecting flight via one of the main US hubs must be booked.