city in Franklin County, Arkansas, United States

Altus[dead link] is located in the River Valley region of Arkansas. It is known for its wines and having been the location of the first season of the reality TV show The Simple Life starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Altus

Get in edit

Map of Altus (Arkansas)

By air edit

Fort Smith is the nearest city with an airport[dead link] (FSM IATA) with scheduled passenger service. Other nearby airports within a 2 hour drive are Northwest Arkansas National (XNA IATA), Tulsa International[dead link] (TUL IATA), and Little Rock International (LIT IATA).

General aviation pilots can consider using Ozark-Franklin County Airport (FAA ID: 7M5) or Paris Municipal Airport (FAA ID: 7M6), however, neither have standard rental car services available. You may be able, though, to arrange car service through the airport FBO or a rental agency in the Fort Smith area. For the Simple Life tourist, the airport seen in the first episode is (ironically) the Paris Municipal Airport.

By car edit

Altus is bounded by Interstate 40 to the north and U.S. Route 64 to the south, and is about 45 miles east of Fort Smith.

From Little Rock, travel west on Interstate 40 and take exit 41.

From Fayetteville or the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, travel south on Interstate 49 until it intersects Interstate 40 in Alma, then go east on I-40 to reach exit 41.

From Oklahoma, travel east on I-40 to reach exit 41.

Get around edit

Altus is a small town, so getting around isn't really a problem. The whole town can be toured by car, bicycle, or walking.

See edit

Wineries edit

The main tourist attractions in Altus are the wineries.

Other places edit

Fans of The Simple Life will easily recognize the setting. Note however, that the Sonic Drive-In and the Wal-Mart are not located in Altus, but in the neighboring town of Ozark, which is the next town west on U.S. Route 64.

Do edit

If you are a Catholic, a Simple Life fan, or both, you might want to attend Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, also called St. Mary's Church. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was attended by Hilton and Richie on the show.

Buy edit

Most wineries sell bottles of wine in their gift shops.

Eat edit

The Wiederkehr winery hosts the Weinkeller Restaurant[dead link]. It is a gourmet restaurant, with prices ranging from moderate to expensive. But the food is very well worth the price.

Visited by Hilton and Richie:

Drink edit

While taking a tour of a winery, you might be given a chance at free wine tasting. Altus' wines are among the most exquisite in the world, so don't miss out on it.

Sleep edit

Altus has very few accommodations, most of which are bed-and-breakfast inns. Motels are available in Ozark, around 6 miles west, or in Clarksville, around 20 miles east.

Most visitors to Altus travel there on side trips from Little Rock, Fort Smith, or Eureka Springs. All three cities have abundant hotel accommodations.

Go next edit

This city travel guide to Altus is an outline and needs more content. It has a template, but there is not enough information present. Please plunge forward and help it grow!