Plan a road trip to Blytheville this summer

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Downtown Blytheville is a commercial historic district.
Downtown Blytheville is a commercial historic district.

Blytheville is located in the northeast corner of the state, near the Missouri state line, and if you’re headed south, is the first Arkansas stop along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway.

Established as a lumber mill town in the 1880s, it also served as a center for the cotton-growing industry, a Strategic Air Command (SAC) airbase and a gateway city for The Natural State. There’s a literal arch on Highway 61 that “welcomes” you to Arkansas. It’s the only archway over a U.S. highway in Arkansas.

The historic arch on Highway 61 at the Arkansas/Missouri state line.
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The historic arch on Highway 61 at the Arkansas/Missouri state line.

The first place to head is the Arkansas Welcome Center in Blytheville. There you’ll find all kinds of information on attractions and events in Blytheville and throughout The Natural State. You can also enjoy some free coffee and take advantage of the center’s free wi-fi.

The Arkansas Welcome Center in Blytheville.
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The Arkansas Welcome Center in Blytheville.

For history buffs, you’ll want to check out the Blytheville Air Force Base Exhibition. Located on the former Eaker Air Force Base, it is the first phase of the National Cold War Center. When complete, the center will tell the story of the legacy of the Cold War and the men and women who guarded our freedom and the peace of our nation.

The Blytheville Air Force Base Exhibition is the first phase of the National Cold War Museum.
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The Blytheville Air Force Base Exhibition is the first phase of the National Cold War Museum.

In downtown Blytheville, a commercial historic district, you’ll want to plan a visit to the Delta Gateway Museum, which offers temporary and permanent exhibits focusing on the region. Nearby you’ll find the Main Street Blytheville visitors center, located in a historic Greyhound Bus Depot that’s believed to be one of the last Art Moderne depots still in existence. It is also a stop on Arkansas Delta Byway’s African American Heritage Trail.

The Blytheville Greyhound Bus Station is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
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The Blytheville Greyhound Bus Station is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

If you’re a barbecue connoisseur, check out one of the award-winning BBQ joints in Blytheville. If barbecue isn’t your thing, there’s plenty of great restaurants to choose from in Blytheville.  

Benny Bob's Barbecue is also known for their great fried catfish plate.
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Benny Bob's Barbecue is also known for their great fried catfish plate.
Kream Kastle has barbecue and much, much more on the menu.
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Kream Kastle has barbecue and much, much more on the menu.