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Explore “Naturally Fun” Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas
Northwest Arkansas

Top-tier art venues, the beauty of the Ozark Mountains, 300+ miles of epic off-road cycling trails, and dynamic attractions, experiences and events – a visit to naturally fun Northwest Arkansas is truly hard to beat!

Now is the perfect time to visit Northwest Arkansas! Artsy, historic, authentic, vibrant, our region is one of the most sought-after destinations in the country. In Northwest Arkansas, we offer unparalleled access to Mother Nature, travel-worthy art, exceptional culinary and craft-brew scenes, and miles upon miles of premier mountain bicycling trails and amenities.

Our region in the Ozarks is the perfect mix of nature’s sights and urban delights. Explore our distinctive downtowns, visit a contemporary art museum, or paddle, float and fish our lakes, rivers and streams. From bountiful farmers markets, colorful street festivals, and award-winning High South cuisine, to the annual Bentonville Film Festival, Razorback sports, and a street art movement that is re-defining the region, Northwest Arkansas has it all.

No visit is complete with experiencing the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, with its rotating exhibitions, permanent collection of American art masterworks and 120-acre woodland site with miles of art and walking trails. In 2021, Crystal Bridges will host major temporary art exhibitions, including Crafting America, Feb. 6 – May 31; Crystal Bridges: The First Decade, July 10 – Sept. 27; In American Waters, Nov. 6 – Jan. 31, 2022; and Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment, Nov. 20 – March 21, 2022.

The Momentary, Crystal Bridges’ satellite contemporary art space, will host Sarah Cain: In Nature, Feb. 13 - May 30; Derrick Adams: Sanctuary, Feb. 23 - June 6; Diana Al-Hadid: Ash in the Trade Winds, Mar. 5 - June 13; Abigail DeVille: Light of Freedom, Mar. 25 - Sept. 26; Cauleen Smith: Space Station, Radiant behind the Sun, June 26 - Oct. 17; Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody, July 3 - Sept. 19; and Kenny Rivero: The Floor Is Crooked, July 10 - Oct. 24. The Momentary also hosts ongoing performance art events, films, and culinary offerings.

Bicyclists from all over flock to the region for our internationally ranked bike trails and friendly cycling culture. Bentonville — the "Mountain Bike Capital of the World" — is home to the new Coler Mountain Bike Preserve. Coler is a mountain biker’s paradise with miles of progressive-built trail woven into a nature preserve mere moments from downtown.

Fayetteville, named a Bike City by the UCI world cycling organization, will host a World Cup cyclocross competition in 2021. The third annual Fayettecross will bring Olympic hopefuls and spectators to the newly built Centennial Bike Park on Oct. 13, 2021. In addition, cities across the region boast premier cycling trails and amenities, such as the Railyard Bike Park in Rogers, Little Sugar Trails in Bella Vista, Lake Leatherwood downhill runs in Eureka Springs and Fitzgerald Mountain trails in Springdale, among others.

The region is home to the much-loved arts hamlet of Eureka Springs, a mountain-top village boasting art galleries, working artists, Victorian architecture, eclectic shops, restaurants and bars, and an entire downtown on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ready to experience the hands-on maker movement? Visit the Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville, an exceptional interactive museum for children and families and winner of TripAdvisor’s 2020 Traveler’s Choice Award.

Walton Arts Center in downtown Fayetteville brings Broadway shows, world-class dance, children and family programming, comedy and live music to more than 190,000 people each year. Blocks away, TheatreSquared, the region’s critically acclaimed professional theater, produces hundreds of performances a year, both digitally and in-person at its new $31 million T2 theatre building in Fayetteville’s arts corridor.

In Rogers, the Walmart AMP is the state’s largest outdoor music venue, with a recently completed renovation that added more open-air seating and flexible space for headlining concerts in every musical genre.

In addition to the museums, performance venues and arts collectives that are springing up in Northwest Arkansas, visitors can play, stay and eat their way through local culture at community celebrations, culinary festivals and outdoor music fests. The Bentonville Film Festival, co-founded by Academy Award-Winning Actor Geena Davis, and the Fayetteville Roots Festival each draw people from around the world. While the Fayetteville-based Bikes, Blues & BBQ charity motorcycle rally is the largest of its kind in the U.S.

Northwest Arkansas boasts a thriving farmers market movement with independent markets in Bentonville, Bella Vista, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Rogers, Siloam Springs and other locations.

The region’s rich culinary scene is steeped in locally grown tradition. From downtown food trucks to the Bite NW Arkansas festival and Brightwater culinary school, the next generation of chefs and foodies is evolving the culinary landscape here and putting the region in the national spotlight.

For those who love ale, lager and all things beer, NWA's ever-evolving craft brew industry produces millions of pints of beer each year. The Fayetteville Ale Trail, which features the state’s only hard cidery, Black Apple Crossing in Springdale, includes breweries across the region. Newly created outdoor districts in Springdale and Fayetteville invite visitors to refresh and refuel al fresco while enjoying downtown.

Minor league baseball fans can catch the action as the Northwest Arkansas Naturals take the field at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. In Fayetteville, the Arkansas Razorbacks attract fans to the state’s flagship campus for football, basketball, baseball and other SEC Division I sports. In Rogers, the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship LPGA tournament brings top female golfers from around the world here to compete.

Outdoor enthusiasts have quick and easy access to lakes, rivers and state and national parks. Paddle the rapids on the scenic Illinois River at the Siloam Springs Kayak Park, or float the nearby Buffalo River – America’s first national river. Enjoy fishing, boating and water sports on Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake and the Kings River, or visit Devil’s Den State Park and Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, or military parks in Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove where Civil War battles were fought.

Come discover the region and explore Bentonville, Bella Vista, Berryville, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Holiday Island, Huntsville, Lowell, Rogers, Siloam Springs and Springdale. With 11 diverse cities, four counties and hundreds of attractions in between, the opportunities for fun and entertainment are endless here.

Plan a visit to Northwest Arkansas today and see for yourself why more than four million people visit each year.