Trail of Holiday Lights

Northwest Itinerary D:

Lights of the Wild West

Spend the whole day in Fort Smith enjoying interesting attractions and the holiday lights of the city.

Day 1
  1. Start your day at Miss Laura’s Visitor Center, a restored turn-of-the-century brothel that is now the city’s visitor center.
  2. Next is the must-see Fort Smith National Historic Site, which contains the remains of two frontier forts, “Hangin’ Judge” Isaac C. Parker’s courtroom, re-created 1886 gallows, “Hell on the Border” jail, exhibits about marshals and outlaws, and more.
  3. Lunch. You have lots of choices in every price range and type of food. Popular downtown are Rolando’s and Taliano’s.
  4. Just down the street is the Fort Smith Museum of History, where you can also enjoy a treat from the old-fashioned drug store and working soda fountain.
  5. In the afternoon, take in some art at the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum.
  6. Or, drive over to the Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, where you can enjoy interactive exhibits and educational programs about the nature, environment, and history of the area. Walk off lunch on the trail, which has interpretive signs.
  7. Before dusk, drive through the Belle Grove Historic District, a 22-block area of restored homes and buildings showcasing Romanesque Revival, Queen Anne, Eastlake Victorian Renaissance, Gothic Revival and Neo-Classical.
  8. Finally, enjoy festive holiday displays illuminating River Park Downtown, Pendergraft Park, Garrison Avenue and the University of Arkansas Fort Smith campus. Creekmore Park has a Holiday Express Train.

Stay overnight at one of the many lodging options.

For more information, contact Carolyn Joyce at 800-637-1477 or visit

Day 1.1: Miss Laura’s Visitor Center
Day 1.2: Fort Smith Museum of History
Day 1.8: Creekmore Park Christmas Lights