Explore Northwest Arkansas to learn about the nation’s divided history and participate in athletic activities in the fresh air.
Visit the neighboring cities of Bentonville and Fayetteville for museums, nature and Southern hospitality. These two towns provide relaxing getaways and lively entertainment in Northwest Arkansas.
Investigate diverse museums in Bentonville. The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art blends art, nature and outstanding architecture, perfect for a full day’s trip. The Museum of Native American History tells the 14,000-year history of the nation’s earliest residents while the Walmart Museum explains how one of the world’s most well-known retailers progressed from a dime store to a global giant. Bring the kids to the Scott Family Amazeum for hours of hands-on fun and learning.
Enjoy authentic Southern food as well as ethnic specialties. The area offers a farmers market, farm-to-table events and food and music festivals. Try some Bentonville apples that have been important in the community’s agricultural history.
Plan a Fayetteville trip to include history, arts, nature and theater. See Southern graves from the Civil War at the Fayetteville Confederate Cemetery. Nearby, the Fayetteville National Cemetery is the final resting site for Union soldiers and more recent veterans. View the modest first home of Bill and Hillary Clinton at the Clinton House Museum.
Explore some of the city’s 70 parks and outdoor spaces. Hike or bike along miles of trails and use the swimming pool, BMX track and skate park. One of the area’s top attractions, the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, features a butterfly house, a Sunday farmers market, concerts and 12 display gardens. Play golf year-round on five great courses.
Attend live performances at TheatreSquared and the Walton Arts Center. Enjoy live music and art at First Thursday Fayetteville in Downtown Fayetteville Square.
Bentonville is about a 40-minute drive north of Fayetteville. Arrive at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport located between the two towns or drive here from Springfield, Missouri in about 2 hours.