Discover why more than 4 million people visit the region each year
Summer is the perfect time of year to visit Northwest Arkansas – with glorious mountains, lakes, rivers and trails, nature and the great outdoors come to life! Enjoy the perfect mix of big-city fun and small-town charm. Savor the region’s High South cuisine, explore the many distinctive downtowns, and discover the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. From bountiful farmers markets, minor league baseball and the state’s largest live-music amphitheater, to an ever-evolving craft brew scene and internationally recognized mountain bike trails – Northwest Arkansas truly has it all.
Come visit Bentonville’s acclaimed Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, celebrating its five-year anniversary this fall. Experience the museum’s permanent art collection featuring American masterworks spanning five centuries, its ever-changing special exhibitions (including American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum, on display July 2 thru Sept. 19), a stunning architectural setting that seamlessly unites art and nature, and 120 acres of wooded grounds with hiking and walking trails.
Other major Northwest Arkansas attractions include the Walmart AMP outdoor music venue in Rogers with an exciting 2016 summer lineup of national headlining acts; the Siloam Springs Kayak Park offering whitewater action at its finest on the scenic Illinois River; the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville with the region’s only butterfly house; and Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, home to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals minor league baseball team – the AA affiliate of the 2015 World Series champions, the Kansas City Royals.
For outdoor lovers, pedal or walk the Razorback Regional Greenway, a 37-mile paved trail network that meanders through six Northwest Arkansas cities linking neighborhoods, downtowns, schools, parks and restaurants. Beaver Lake, the nearby Buffalo National River (as well as the White and Kings rivers), Holiday Island and Bella Vista bring the best in fishing, canoeing, waterskiing, golf and other outdoor fun, while hiking and camping opportunities abound at the region’s many state and national parks and national forests.
Northwest Arkansas is also home to a booming mountain bike scene with 200+ miles of off-road trails and bike parks cropping up in cities everywhere. The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) designated Northwest Arkansas as the first-ever Regional Ride Center last year, and will be hosting its 2016 IMBA World Summit in Bentonville this November.
Northwest Arkansas also has a sophisticated and deeply rooted arts sector. In addition to the internationally renowned Crystal Bridges museum, the region also features artisans of fine Ozark crafts, acclaimed sculptors and painters, emerging opera stars, traveling Broadway shows and more. Walton Arts Center is the region’s premier performing arts center, celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season this year.
The region’s ever-evolving downtowns attract residents and visitors alike with live music, festivals and arts celebrations, unique restaurants and entertainment options, shopping and more. Northwest Arkansas is also getting accolades from near and far for its emerging culinary excellence and regional High South cuisine, which uses unique local ingredients from local farmers and the creative output from nationally recognized chefs.
Northwest Arkansas is also home to the much-loved Victorian arts community of Eureka Springs, numerous summer festivals and celebrations throughout the region, a huge farmers market scene, and an ale trail featuring a growing number of microbreweries.
The four counties of Northwest Arkansas include the vibrant and diverse cities of Bentonville, Bella Vista, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Huntsville, Rogers, Siloam Springs, Springdale and Holiday Island. Together they continue to grow into a dynamic region of more than a half-million people, while maintaining the warmth and hospitality that is characteristic of Arkansas as a whole.
Discover why more than 4 million people visit Northwest Arkansas each year. Visit NorthwestArkansas.org and plan your trip today!