Bentonville Travel Guide
Bentonville is home to one of the world’s largest retailers and attracts many business travelers. The city’s perfect setting offers a great number of recreational opportunities and many visitors arrive here as a base camp for touring northwest Arkansas. The city offers several public parks, pools, aquatic centers, and recreation centers. The Ozark National Forest is very nearby. A variety of special events and festivals are held here throughout the year. Some of the most popular include many arts and crafts festivals and Bentonville travel guides recommend the ever-popular Ozark Balloon Fest during the summer.
The Ozark National Forest spans over a million lushly forested acres mostly in the Ozark Mountain range. Mount Magazine is the state’s highest peak, and the Blanchard Springs Caverns are a popular Bentonville attraction. Guided tours lead visitors through spectacular underground chambers and natural formations. The park gives visitors the opportunity to participate in a variety of adventurous activities, including hiking, trail riding, boating, bicycling, camping, kayaking, and fishing.
The Peel Mansion Museum and Garden is a magnificent historical estate featuring a 19th century Victorian home containing original period items. The scenic gardens abound with gorgeous blooms, roses, and perennials. The estate creates a living historical display and guided tours are provided. The Mansion also hosts a number of special events throughout the year and is available for private or corporate events as well. Other Bentonville attractions include the Crystal Bridges museum, just south of downtown, with its stunning collection of colonial and Native American art. Another interesting museum is Edith’s Costume Jewelry Museum, featuring a number of unique pieces of costume jewelry.
Bentonville dining options include old-fashioned diners, ethnic food stalls, and southern-style barbecue restaurants. Bentonville nightlife is comprised of several bars and dance clubs found throughout the city. The Ice House is a popular nightspot, with upscale décor, karaoke, live music and poker tournaments.
Popular Bentonville tours include guided fishing trips to the many lakes and streams around the city. These tours offer visitors their choice of boat, and tackle and equipment are provided. Most tours offer lunch. For those that simply want to enjoy the scenery, sightseeing river trips are available. These are quiet, tranquil float trips that provide the opportunity for visitors to experience the sights and wildlife up close, and are perfect for unbeatable photographic opportunities.