Destination guide

Explore the natural wonders of Arkansas

Arkansas invites vacationers to explore a world of wilderness wonders in parks filled with mountains, forests, caves, rivers and hot springs. Most cities here are on the smaller side, but still hold a wealth of historic and cultural attractions, including museums dedicated to civil rights and former presidents in the capital of Little Rock. When you've selected a hub for your adventures in the Natural State, you'll find a range of Arkansas vacation rentals await, from quiet cabins buried in national forests and waterfront accommodations with views over lakes and rivers, to downtown properties in convenient reach of shopping and dining venues.

Activities

History lessons in Arkansas

With so many historic sites to discover, the Arkansas Heritage Trails are a great place to start, with paths that trace the Trail of Tears and various Civil War sites. On sightseeing drives along these routes, you'll experience some of the state's incredible natural landscapes and historic cities like the old frontier military post of Fort Smith. Many of the trails pass through the capital city of Little Rock, where you can visit a presidential library, the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and museums dedicated to state and military history.

Weather

Summer sun and fall foliage in Arkansas

Arkansas experiences a mild 4-season climate, with summers that heat up into the 90s and winters that dip below freezing during the coldest times. Summer sees the lowest rainfall levels and is perfect for boating and fishing out on the lakes and rivers or cooling off with refreshing dips. Crowds are higher during this time though, so reserve your Arkansas vacation rental early if you plan to visit in summer. Fall is ideal for scenic hikes and drives through the wooded national parks, as the changing leaves paint the landscape in shades of orange and daytime temperatures cool off into the 60s and 70s.

Natural features

The scenic landscapes of Arkansas

With an abundance of lakes, rivers, forests and mountains to explore, outdoor adventures in Arkansas are in full supply. The Ozarks in the northwest are perfect for hiking, mountain biking and caving at the Blanchard Springs Cavern. With the Mississippi River for an eastern border and the Arkansas River running through the state, there are endless spots for canoeing, rafting and fishing. Head west to Ouachita National Forest for wildlife spotting in pine forests, horseback-riding trails and scenic drives. Many Arkansas vacation rentals are available around this park and others, placing you in the midst of the picturesque landscape.

Where to stay around Arkansas?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,599 vacation rentals near Arkansas. From 628 Cabins to 1,280 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Arkansas for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Arkansas?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Arkansas. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Hot Springs: 775 vacation rentals
  • Eureka Springs: 478 vacation rentals
  • Fayetteville: 194 vacation rentals
  • Hot Springs Village: 718 vacation rentals
  • Beaver Lake: 486 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Arkansas! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Arkansas?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Arkansas:

  • Hot Springs: 775 rentals
  • Eureka Springs: 478 rentals
  • Fayetteville: 194 rentals
  • Hot Springs Village: 718 rentals
  • Little Rock: 844 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Arkansas?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Arkansas are:

  • NW Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA): 395 vacation rentals
  • Mountain Home, AR (WMH-Ozark Regional): 145 vacation rentals
  • Rogers, AR (ROG-Rogers Municipal-Carter Field): 474 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Arkansas?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Arkansas. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lake Ouachita State Park: 785 rentals
  • Lake Catherine State Park: 771 rentals
  • Blanchard Springs Caverns: 128 rentals
  • University of Arkansas-Fayetteville: 200 rentals
  • Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock: 139 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Arkansas listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Arkansas

Hot Springs
775 vacation rentals
Eureka Springs
478 vacation rentals
Fayetteville
194 vacation rentals
Hot Springs Village
718 vacation rentals
Little Rock
844 vacation rentals
Bentonville
231 vacation rentals
Heber Springs
162 vacation rentals
Rogers
672 vacation rentals
Mountain View
199 vacation rentals
Lake Hamilton
583 vacation rentals
Bella Vista
252 vacation rentals
Jasper
95 vacation rentals
Mountain Home
158 vacation rentals
Mena
69 vacation rentals
Ponca
94 vacation rentals
Springdale
488 vacation rentals
Conway
19 vacation rentals
Russellville
27 vacation rentals
Harrison
108 vacation rentals
Cotter
72 vacation rentals