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Charter a private jet from California to Arkansas


Welcome to Arkansas: the little state west of the Mississippi that’s famous for its hot springs, natural forests, possum pie, fried catfish, cornbread, sawmill gravy and the 42nd president. If you’re planning a trip here from California, read on for our take on the hottest spots to visit, the best airports to fly to/from, and how long the journey takes on different types of jet.

Why travel to Arkansas?

Arkansas is the home of the Boggy Creek Monster (an eight-foot-tall hairy creature that has scared the local populace since 1834), and of the world’s spinach capital (the small town of Alma has a giant bronze statue of Popeye and holds an annual spinach festival to underline its claim). But the state also has a serious side: there’s the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, which displays notable works by Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell and Georgia O’Keeffe; and the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, which includes a full-scale replica of the Oval Office and a presidential library and museum.

You can’t talk about Arkansas without mentioning the Ozarks, that ruggedly beautiful swathe of land that stretches southwards from St Louis, Missouri, to the Arkansas River. It’s not just geologically remarkable; it has its own culture, architecture and dialect, and no visit to Arkansas is complete without exploring the Boston Mountains’ lakes and waterfalls. It’s hiker heaven and a thrill-seeker’s paradise – soaring through the treetops of the Ozarks on a zipline should be on every adventurer’s bucket list.

Arkansas’s natural attractions are numerous and wide-ranging – watch deer and bobcats frolicking in the unpolluted waters of the Buffalo National River, witness as nine million gallons of water per hour gush through the Mammoth Spring Park, and admire the resident peacocks that rule the roost at the Garvan Woodland Gardens just 10 miles south of Hot Springs National Park. This wonderfully offbeat state is steeped in history and heritage, but exactly the right place if you want to dig for diamonds or hunt wild turkey. Or eat spinach, of course.

Top private jet airports in California

Arkansas wildlife
Arkansas wildlife
  • Los Angeles International Airport is one of the world’s busiest and, unsurprisingly given its proximity to Hollywood, a favored location for airport movie scenes. Remember your dark glasses!
  • Palo Alto Airport is among the busiest in the San Francisco Bay area, and it’s not just aircraft that land there. Pilots are advised to keep an eye out for jack-rabbits and birds.
  • San Diego International Airport, located two miles from Downtown San Diego, is also known as Lindbergh Airport after Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 solo crossing from New York to Paris.
  • Sacramento Executive Airport, 10 minutes from Downtown Sacramento, boasts a number of flight schools where aspiring pilots can learn the tricks of the trade.
  • Long Beach Airport is an indie music hub and home to Tripadvisor-acclaimed fish ’n’ chip restaurant The Boathouse.

Top private jet airports in Arkansas

  • Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, two miles east of Little Rock, was named after the 42nd president and his wife in 2012.
  • Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is a 10-minute drive from the city of Fayetteville. Once known as Washington, it now shares its name with Fayetteville, Tennessee.
  • Texarkana Regional Airport is located within the city limits of Texarkana in the southwest corner of the state. Double-check your flight schedule so you don’t end up in Texarkana, Texas, instead!
  • Bearce Airport is a tiny airfield near Mount Ida in Montgomery County. Add it to your flight itinerary if you’d like to explore Ouachita National Forest.
  • West Memphis Municipal Airport will get you to within 10 miles of Downtown Memphis, with only the Mississippi River separating you from Tennessee.

How long is the flight from California to Arkansas?

Arkansas lake view
Arkansas lake view

The duration of the flight from California to Arkansas depends on your specific route and the type of aircraft you opt to charter. Here are some examples of California-to-Arkansas journey times:

  • The mid-sized Cessna Citation III is a popular high-end jet that can fly up to eight travelers from Los Angeles International to Clinton National Airport in three-and-a-half hours.
  • The route from Palo Alto to Texarkana Regional Airport takes almost four hours in a Bombardier Learjet 60 60XR, which can complete the journey for seven passengers in style and comfort.
  • If you’re in a hurry to escape the bustle of San Diego International for the natural surroundings of Bearce Airport, it’s a toss-up between the Hawker Beachcraft 4000 and the Gulfstream G200 G280. Both will get you there in around three-and-a-half hours. The 4000 is advanced, spacious and quiet, while the sleek wings and high-thrust engines of the Gulfstream also guarantee an awesome private jet experience. Your call!

Top events in Arkansas

Arkansas’ events calendar certainly lives up to the state’s oddball reputation, with a wide range of festivals celebrating everything from bluegrass music to mountain biking.

The Riverfest takes place in Little Rock every Memorial Day Weekend and is the state’s premier music and arts festival. In mid-July, there’s a Fat Tire Festival in Eureka Springs (bring your mountain bike), while an August highlight is the Watermelon Festival complete with seed-spitting contests. If you love the blues, don’t miss the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena in October; or visit during Thanksgiving, when the Lights of the Ozarks Festival turns Downtown Fayetteville into a twinkling wonderland.

Any time of year is good for a visit to Peppersauce Ghost Town, a.k.a East Calico in Calico Rock. Peppersauce (so nicknamed for the local moonshine) was a thriving settlement until too much of a good thing brought the town to its knees. Where once there were taverns, troublemakers and thieves, there now sits an abandoned town jail and funeral parlor where, if local legend is to be believed, things go bump in the night. Who you gonna call?

And since we know you can’t wait to ask, Alma’s annual Spinach Festival takes place in April. See you there!

How much does it cost to charter a plane from California to Arkansas?

Calculating the cost of a private jet charter depends on your chosen route and aircraft type. Find out more in this blog post about how much it costs to charter a private plane. For precise quotes for your bespoke journey, contact us online or call our team on +1 516 432 5901 to run through your options. You’ll then be assigned a dedicated account manager who will take care of all the little details, so that all you have to do is sit back and enjoy your flight.

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