Why should you book a flight to Arkansas? It’s all about the great outdoors in the self-proclaimed Natural State. Arkansas earns the tourist dollar thanks to the walking, fishing and wildlife spotting (and hunting) opportunities available. Tourists booking flights to Arkansas can expect to see over 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers. Arkansas is home to six national park sites, two-and-a half million acres of national forests, seven national scenic byways, three state scenic byways, and 50 state parks.

If nature and scenery don't tempt you to book flights to Arkansas, maybe the state's love for wildlife will. The World's Championship Duck Calling Contest, held annually in Stuttgart, is a hometown favorite of Arkansans. Travelers booking flights to Arkansas who stay in the state’s capital, Little Rock, get an authentic small-town feel. But while it may feel small, changes are afoot: massive investment has transformed the run-down warehouses of the downtown River Market district into a chic enclave of shiny new restaurants, hotels, museums and shops.

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Arkansas climate

Spring and fall in Arkansas are particularly mild. January’s temperatures can fall as low as 0 degrees (F) and this is usually when the heaviest snowfall, ice storms, and freezing rain hit the region. Cheap flights to Arkansas are easy to find during the winter, but tourists are better off booking Arkansas flights and accommodations during the spring when temperatures are at their best. April and May in Arkansas means warm temperatures (average around 60 to 70 degrees (F)). Heat and humidity enter in June and last through August, when temperatures reach above 100 degrees (F).

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Best Time to Fly to Arkansas

If there's one great thing about Arkansas, its the over-abundance of state festivals and shows that make booking flights to Arkansas worthwhile. Most of the events take place during the peak travel season, but be sure to plan our Arkansas flights and accommodations early as most budget and economy hotels will fill up fast.

Peak Season:

Spring and fall are the state’s peak seasons, particularly in the Ozarks and Hot Springs which maintain the peak through the summer.

April is busy with the annual Auto Show, and December with the Ozark Christmas.

October has the Bean Fest and the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show. The foliage season starts in October and the colors peak from mid to late October and in some areas continue into November.

Off Season:

Cheap flights to Arkansas are commonly found during the summer months, when the temperature sizzles and heat soars. Although the mountains are still popular, most events and festivals are in the spring and fall.

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Getting around Arkansas

Driving is your best bet for getting around Arkansas. There is intermittent bus service in the state and limited east-to-west train service. Many travelers booking flights to Arkansas rent cars and drive to the Ozarks. The scenery is breathtaking, but once you are in the mountains, hiking and walking are best bets for seeing the sights.

Although the state sees snow and ice in January and February, the road conditions tend to be good, particularly in low traffic areas. The early morning and late evening can get tricky when the road surfaces get icy.

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Arkansas Travel Information

  • The Ouachita Mountains region, in west central Arkansas, is an unmissable destination. Crystal clear lakes, rugged mountains and the spectacular national forest make this a perfect spot for adventure holidays and nature lovers looking for flights to Arkansas. But don't miss the luxurious side of Ouachita region. Spas, hotels and hot springs abound, so enjoy being pampered after a morning in the great outdoors.
  • The Mississippi River forms the Eastern boundary of Arkansas, and the lowland plains alongside it is markedly different to the mountains elsewhere in the state. The plain covers more than 15,000 square miles of Arkansas. To learn about the history of the great Mississippi, visit the state museum in Helena, the Delta Cultural Center, which explores the influence the river has had on local culture, especially Delta blues music.
  • The state’s capital is also the most populous city and a cultural center. To see the best of the shops, restaurants, hotels and museums in Little Rock, visit the River Market District. For a brush with nature, head out to the Pinnacle Mountain State Park, just outside the city to the West: it’s a popular spot for bird-watchers and also offers stunning views of the whole city from its pinnacle.
  • The diamond is the official gem of Arkansas so it's no surprise that Arkansas is home to the world’s only public diamond mine: the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. For a small entrance fee, you can search for your very own diamond. The park estimates that approximately two diamonds are found by the public each day… The largest documented find on the park was the Uncle Sam diamond – 40.23 carat, discovered in 1924.
  • For more information on Arkansas, visit the official tourism center at Arkansas.com.

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Arkansas airports

Travelers looking for flights to Arkansas will likely arrive in Little Rock.

Little Rock National Airport (LIT)

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA)

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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