A family vacation in Arkansas is as much as about small towns, civil rights and the Civil War as it is about forested mountains, abundant wildlife, and clear lakes and streams. Start a trip in Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas, and steel a look at the recent past. Find out about the fight for desegregation at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. Learn about an American President at the Clinton Presidential Center and Library. Photograph the state capital. Taste your way round River Market. Reward tolerant tots with a romp in Riverfront Park. Travel beyond the 'big city' and explore the state's natural and historic landmarks. Visit Hot Springs National Park. Discover forested wetlands at Lorance Creek Natural Area. Tour Pea Ridge National Military Park. See Fort Smith National Historic Site. Experience offbeat Eureka Springs. Track time in small towns across the state. Traveling with active kids? Take to the trail in the Ozark National Forest, Mount Magazine State Park and Ouachita National Forest. Track the Trail of Tears and celebrate the survival of the Cherokee people. Try your hand at rock climbing, fishing, caving and even white water rafting.
Arkansas has two top seasons, May - June and September - October. Summers are hot and humid and thunderstorms and tornadoes are not uncommon. Winters are cold and snow and ice are possible. Spring and fall are mild. The month of April receives the most rainfall. The average daily temperature is 40°F (4°C) in January. The average temperature in July is 81°F (27°C). Arkansas receives between 44 and 54 inches of rain each year. It's hotter and wetter in the south and cooler and drier in the north. Wear lightweight clothing in summer; dress in layers in winter.
A rear-facing infant seat is required for children under 1 year of age or less than 20 pounds. Children aged 1 - 4 and over 20 pounds must travel in a properly restrained child safety seat. Booster seats are required for children aged 4 – 7 who are less than 57 inches tall and weigh between 20 - 65 pounds. Children aged 4+ and over 57 inches and more than 65 pounds must buckle up.