Originally making a mark on the map as home to some of America’s largest business headquarters, the northwest Arkansas cities of Fayetteville and Bentonville have recently blossomed into unique, cultural destinations in their own right. Boasting a happening cyclist scene, quirky museums, and creative art and architecture collections, visitors find that there is more to enjoy in the Ozark mountains than they had dreamed of.
Cyclists, foodies, and art enthusiasts will easily find a spot to rest in Bentonville. Hit the Razorback Region Greenway, a 36-mile bike-pedestrian trail or urban mountain bike through obstacles in Slaughter Pen Bike Park. Then, visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to admire the architecture of the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House, and stay late to view the popular LED light sculpture Buckyball. Do not miss your chance to taste the real Arkansas at The Hive, found in the 21c Museum Hotel.
To experience local life in the Ozarks with a great mix of activities, stick close to Fayetteville. As the home to the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, a plethora of bars and restaurants are at your disposal, including the Fayetteville Ale Trail. Afterwards, you can boutique hop at Fayetteville's Downtown Square, which is also home to the award winning Fayetteville Farmers’ Market. Wander through the local political claim to fame, the Clinton House Museum, and stroll the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Round out your local Fayetteville experience at TheatreSquared with its locally produced shows.
The 4 star hotels in Fayetteville-Bentonville are quite different from each other, with edgy, modern hotels, a quiet inn and wooded cabins to choose among. The hotels and inn are located within the city limits of Fayetteville-Bentonville and the cabins can be found further out in Eureka Springs. No matter what suits your mood, rooms come fully equipped with televisions, toiletries, and complimentary WiFi. Extra luxuries at some include iPod docks, fireplaces, balconies, coffee makers, and bathrobes. The hotels feature on-site restaurants, bars, and room service, while the inn offers a free English breakfast, a library, and terrace, and the cabins pamper you with jetted tubs along with functioning kitchens.
The 3 star hotels in Fayetteville-Bentonville are close by area attractions and business headquarters. Most offer free breakfast, free WiFi, as well as free parking, with many featuring indoor or outdoor pools. Rooms are comfortable, with free toiletries, coffee makers, and televisions, with other little luxuries depending on the hotel, including a few spas.
Fayetteville and Bentonville are served by two regional airports in Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is located ten miles south-west of Bentonville and 20 miles north-west of Fayetteville. While small in size, it supports nonstop flights to major cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago due to it is proximity to major business headquarters like Wal-Mart. The hotels close to Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport are mainly located in Bentonville and a few offer free airport shuttle services.
The Fort Smith Regional Airport lies 60 miles south of Fayetteville and 85 miles south of Bentonville. This joint civil-military airport offers limited service, but two regularly scheduled flights occur from Dallas/ Fort Worth, Texas and from Atlanta, Georgia. There are ten hotels close to Fort Smith Regional Airport in case early or late flights in and out of this airport make spending a night close-by more convenient.