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Road Trip (Memphis - Dallas)

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Road Trip (Memphis - Dallas)

Hello everyone,

Can I ask your thoughts regarding a roadtrip from Memphis to Dallas?

I plan to fly into Memphis, stay 2 nights and rent a car to get to Dallas. I also plan to do this through Arkansas (is Little Rock the best option to spend the night?). Any other thoughts?

Are there any sites or places that you recommend to see?

Should I be concerned with violence when driving around such areas?

Many thanks in advance,


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1. Re: Road Trip (Memphis - Dallas)

Plan 3 hours Memphis to Little Rock for a normal 2 hour trip due to road construction. Also plan to share the road with many trucks! Nothing new, but that stretch stays pretty congested. Little Rock has several interesting museums and a fun river market area, The Clinton Presidential Center is very impressive and is right next to the expressway and would make a great stop, if you spend the night or not. I'd suggest the nearby Hampton River Market for a sleepover, or if you want to downscale slightly, Comfort Inn and Suites downtown does a good job. An upscale alternative is the beautiful Capital Hotel. The other major historical museum is the Central High Museum which tells an important civil rights story. There are some other very good museums, all in walking or quick driving distance of the Hampton. From Little Rock it is 5+ hours to Dallas (avoid arrival there at rush hour.) Unlike the Memphis-LR stretch, the drive to Dallas is fairly pleasant, some of it through some nice timberland. Old Washington State Park, off the interstate a couple hours from LR is interesting historically and if you don't get enough of Bill in Little Rock, the Clinton childhood home is an interesting stop in Hope. (Remember that? "A place called Hope?") As to safety, yes by all means be aware at all times in Memphis, Little Rock and Dallas. They are three urban areas where, like most others, you need to be on your toes. But that should not prevent you having a gtreat time in each.

Another alternative would be a stop in Hot Springs which is an hour from Little Rock. During Jan, Feb, March they have horse races there if that is of interest! You can also take a "bath" in water directly from the hot springs in historic bath houses if that is of interest.

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2. Re: Road Trip (Memphis - Dallas)

Little Rock is a great place to do a layover, with lots to see.

Another location that would only take you about an hour off your path would be Hot Springs.

As to violence, Memphis, Little Rock and Dallas are all cities. Like any city in the world, they have their good and bad areas. Just using some simple common sense will keep you out of danger. The fact you are hear asking show you have that.

While in Little Rock a lot of folks do visit the Presidential Center, however don't forget our state capital building. Many don't know it has often been used as the National capital's double in movies. It's free to visit, and much worth the time.


We also have very old Carousel if you are into unique things.


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There is a recommended detour (see link)

The last time I drove to MEM (2 weeks ago, departing LR at 08:00) the E bound lanes slowed to 40 MPH but we never stopped (delayed 15 +/- minutes).

The W bound traffic was stopped and backed up for 5+ miles ... I am sure the delay was 1.5 + hours.

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