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Arkansas has the moniker of ‘the natural state’, and quite rightly considering its natural treasures: the Ozark Mountains, the Ouachitas Mountains, the Mississippi Delta, the Buffalo River and the Hot Springs National Park to start the list. But these are just names, and the reality is rugged mountains with granite tors along their spines, dense forests and fast running rivers. Between them are sandwiched green pastures, small towns and quiet roads. The best places to stay in Arkansas range from the remotest of lodges to city break boutique hotels in the state capital Little Rock. So the first question is where are the best places to stay for the kind of holiday you’re looking for?
What Not To Miss and where to stay
- Little Rock is the all American, Mom’s-apple-pie, state capital with the small town feel and the beautiful, wooded river valley surroundings. It’s a bit hipper than you might think though, and has a feisty history of involvement with the civil rights movement. As well as being on the Arkansas River, Little Rock has the Ozark Mountains and Ouschita Mountains as neighbours, so this is a great place to come if you enjoy adventuring in the great outdoors. And really the only place to come if you’re looking for a cosmopolitan city break.
- Art lovers need to head to Bentonville. It's home to the Walton family (of Walmart fame), and they established one of the US's best art collections here.
- Eureka Springs is a popular spot for visitors, it’s a Victorian resort town turned New Age retreat perched on the side of a steep valley. As well as all the usual outdoor sports, Eureka Springs has a friendly, liberal vibe - it’s more liberal than much of the state - and a great Blues Festival.
- Hot Springs is another old resort town, offering beauty and possibly healing powers to everyone from the original inhabitants of this land to the top echelons of America’s organised crime. There are elaborate bath houses with extensive, and sometimes old fashioned treatment menus, and the relics of the town’s 1930s heyday in the form of bars and casinos. The Ouschita Mountains surround the town, so now it’s more a popular spot with the outdoors-loving community.
- The Ozarks are a wonderfully ancient range which also offer all sorts of opportunity for adventure amongst stunning views, or, if you prefer your views a bit flatter, then there’s the Arkansas River Valley and the Arkansas Delta, which both have more carefully maintained parks and plenty of river-sports.
Whether you're here for business or pleasure, use our guide to the best places to stay in Arkansas and start to plan your trip.
The best places to stay in Arkansas
For Little Rock
- The Capital Hotel in Little Rock is an historic hotel just back from the Arkansas River. Established in 1870, there are currently 94 large rooms furnished with antiques. There are two restaurants and a great bar.
For an arty stay - Bentonville
- The 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville is an art gallery cum boutique hotel with 104 large, light rooms and a buzzing bar and restaurant. Explore the Mark Twain National Park and the local art scene.
For an apartment or lodge
- If you'd prefer a self-catering option this holiday - don't hesitate to visit our online partner Booking.com for a diverse range of properties to suit holidays of all types.
- Fly to Clinton National Airport located 12km (7.4 miles) from Little Rock with a host of domestic flights from across the U.S
- If you want to rent a car to explore the stunning natural beauty of the state - for prices visit our online partner Rentalcars
- Best time to visit - the summers can be very hot and humid so visitors may be better visiting in the Spring months of April and May.
Still not sure?
Best Hotels in Arkansas
The Capital Hotel, Little Rock 94 rooms from AU$254Little Rock (Arkansas)
This 1870 establishment offers over 140 years of excellent service and modern comfort. Large, antique furnished rooms with contemporary bathrooms and seating area. Two restaurants offer local cuisine or relax at the bar. Great for Arkansas history, a business trip or a family getaway.Local markets - Little Rock River Market District is worth an explore.Sights nearby - Cathedral of Saint Andrew.Views - Great views from hotelFour poster beds - For romantics.
21c Museum Hotel, Bentonville 104 rooms from AU$376Bentonville (Arkansas)
Art-centric owners combined gallery with boutique to form a contemporary, popular hotel in Bentonville. Light, large rooms with modern bathrooms and all the mod-cons. The Hive serves fresh, local cuisine and the buzzing bar is a hot spot in town. Walmart roots are here - explore art and history.Sights nearby - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.Great walks - Explore Mark Twain National Park.Lively - Hip and happening.Full of characterRecommended by - Tablet