Thirteen Arkansas Welcome Centers are located at strategic points of entry to the state. An additional Welcome Center, housed in the central office in Little Rock, serves the dual purpose of being the reception area for the department as well as a centrally-located center.
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Arkansas Welcome Centers serve the traveling public well by offering a brief respite to travelers. Travel Consultants promote tourism in Arkansas by sharing their wealth of knowledge with about one million travelers annually. Each Welcome Center offers free coffee and wifi.
Arkansas Welcome Centers are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Summer hours are extended at the centers by one hour to accommodate the busy traveling season.
The centers are closed these major holidays: New Years Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and a half-day on Christmas Eve (open 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and closed 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.) The Little Rock Welcome Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
Thanks to the efforts of the Governor's Office, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, a Welcome Center replacement program is well underway. Eight new Arkansas Welcome Centers have been rebuilt in Blytheville, Corning, El Dorado, Helena-West Helena, Lake Village, Texarkana, Van Buren/Fort Smith and West Memphis. New Welcome Centers currently under construction are at Harrison and Red River.
A map showing locations of Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department rest stops (not staffed) is available on the AHTD website.
For more information about the Arkansas Welcome Center program, contact Tiffany Knox, Welcome Center Administrator, at 501-324-1520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.