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Fort Smith Regional Airport welcomes visitors to the second-most populated city in Arkansas. Fort Smith is three miles northwest of the airport, near the Oklahoma border, with car hire in Fort Smith Airport. The Fort Smith Air National Guard Station has used this airport as an Arkansas Air National Guard training base since 1953.
The passenger terminal building allows visitors to compare car hire through Budget, Avis, National and Hertz. A restaurant called Runway Café and the Fort Smith Air Museum can also be found inside the airport terminal. Delta Air Lines flights to Memphis and American Eagle flights to Dallas are the airport's current direct services.
The Fort Smith National Historic Site is where the original fort, established to guard the Oklahoma Indian territory in 1817, still stands today. Elvis Presley's military training took place at Fort Chaffee, another historic fort to the east of Fort Smith. Fort Smith is an hour's drive from Fayetteville, 90 minutes from Bentonville, and two hours from both Little Rock and Tulsa with car rental in Fort Smith Airport.
Fort Smith weather is typically humid and hot in summer, but generally mild in winter. Average winter temperatures are above freezing and snow is a rare occurrence in Fort Smith. Tornados are the biggest weather risk in this city, which sits near the central part of the United States which is known as Tornado Alley. Only five other American cities have been hit by more tornados than Fort Smith.
Interstates 540 and 40 meet in Fort Smith, a significant regional transportation hub. The city's other major roads are US routes 71 and 64. Downtown Fort Smith is fairly compact and easy to navigate by car. However, the area's most scenic road may be Talimena Drive, which travels past Ouachita National Forest and the namesake mountains to Talihina, Oklahoma.