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Monticello, AR
Travel Guide

Visit this easygoing city during your Arkansas explorations to discover a city that offers striking architecture, museums and shopping malls.

Explore a picturesque downtown district and lively university campus in Monticello, a gateway to the Arkansas Delta Byways. Established in 1849, Monticello was built to serve as the seat of Drew County, went on to witness a number of small battles during the Civil War and later grew to become one of the Arkansas Delta’s most significant agricultural, commercial and educational centers.

At the heart of Monticello’s city center is the Historic North Main Street, featuring a collection of more than 20 Victorian-era houses. One example is Allen House, which is open for guided tours and ghost experiences. Just a minute’s walk north is the First Presbyterian Church, founded in 1860. Step inside to admire its series of stained-glass windows.

Head south along Main Street to pass the picturesque Monticello Square and the art deco Drew County Courthouse. Nearby is the Drew County Historical Museum, home to displays of 19th-century antiques and artifacts. Go to Oakland Cemetery to see the Monticello Confederate Monument, dedicated to Drew County’s Confederate soldiers.

Spend some time browsing the antique stores, boutiques, independent fashion outlets and thrift shops of Monticello’s center. The Marketplace is an Aladdin’s cave of cowhides, furniture and pottery, among other heritage items. Satisfy your taste buds at the city’s many restaurants, which range from classic America dishes to Asian, Italian and Mexican cuisine.

A 10-minute drive south from the city center is the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Here, the Turner Neal Museum of Natural History has displays of amphibians, fossils, reptiles and mammals. Gaze at galaxies, planets and stars in the Pomeroy Planetarium and watch concerts and theater productions at the Fine Arts Center.

On a pleasant day, visit the enormous Lake Monticello to boat, fish for bass and relax with a picnic. About a 1-hour drive away is Moro Bay State Park. This riverside recreational area has a boating lake, campsites, picnic areas, playgrounds and walking trails.

Monticello is 190 miles (306 kilometers) southwest of Memphis International Airport. Rent a car and explore the Arkansas Delta Byways, which showcase the cultural and geographical diversity of Arkansas. Nearby is the Arkansas Great River Road National Scenic Byway and the Arkansas Delta African-American Heritage Trail.

Holiday Inn Express Monticello, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Monticello, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
146 Dearman Dr, Monticello, AR
The price is $85 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18

Situated in Monticello, this hotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Drew Memorial Health System and 4 mi (6.4 km) from University of Arkansas-Monticello. Bradley County ...

4.4/5Excellent! (221 reviews)

"The breakfast with the fireplace and seating that was shaped like curved sectionals"…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Monticello, an IHG Hotel
Super 8 by Wyndham McGehee
Super 8 by Wyndham McGehee
2 out of 5
1202 Highway 65 N, McGehee, AR
The price is $63 per night from May 12 to May 13

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of McGehee-Desha County Hospital, Wiley A McGehee Park, and World War II Japanese American Internment ...

3.6/5Good! (97 reviews)

"No breakfast available, except for coffee. Otherwise, a satisfactory value."…"

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham McGehee
Hampton Inn Monticello
Hampton Inn Monticello
2.5 out of 5
480 Hwy 425 N, Monticello, AR
The price is $87 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 25

Situated in Monticello, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Drew Memorial Health System and 3.8 mi (6.1 km) from University of Arkansas-Monticello. Bradley County ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (182 reviews)

"Property is updated, overall very nice. No great views or special amenities. Staff friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2021

Hampton Inn Monticello
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Greenville MS Finest !! Home Away From Home!!
Greenville MS Finest !! Home Away From Home!!
Greenville, MS

Situated in Greenville, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of River Road Queen Welcome Center, Lake Ferguson, and E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center. Hebrew ...

Greenville MS Finest !! Home Away From Home!!
Beautiful Duplex with Lake View
Beautiful Duplex with Lake View
Lake Village, AR

Situated in Lake Village, this vacation home is 5.4 mi (8.7 km) from Lakeport Plantation and within 12 mi (20 km) of Harlow's Casino and Warfield Point Park. ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Winter stay

"Great stay! Tracey was easy to communicate with and was flexible with changes that we needed to make. Highly recommend staying at her lovely place on the lake."…"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2021

Beautiful Duplex with Lake View
Ida's Oasis Near Jrmc Hospital , Pine Bluff Country Club & Restaurants
Ida's Oasis Near Jrmc Hospital , Pine Bluff Country Club & Restaurants
Pine Bluff, AR

Situated in Pine Bluff, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jefferson Regional Medical Center and Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Pine Bluff Convention ...

Ida's Oasis Near Jrmc Hospital , Pine Bluff Country Club & Restaurants
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Reviews of Monticello

3.9

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3/5 - Okay

Jolene

Jun 3, 2020

Decent small little town

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 7, 2019

I love my Monticello. I was born and raised there. It was lovely being home.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 22, 2019

Monticello is growing and getting better.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 18, 2019

Love visiting Monticello Nice friendly town

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Oct 25, 2018

Museum was abandoned.