Bentonville is a fast-growing urban hub in northwestern Arkansas, but that doesn't diminish its small-town heritage or friendly atmosphere. Founded in 1837, Bentonville was once renowned for its abundant apple orchards but is now better known as the home of Walmart. Book Bentonville hotels—or find cheap vacation packages to Bentonville —to discover the delights of this pleasant and historic city.
Bentonville is a historic city but its major attraction, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, is decidedly modern. It's a stunning landmark, a glass and wood structure spanning two spring-fed ponds, the work of a renowned architect. Its permanent collection—which is open to the public free of charge—celebrates the American spirit and the natural beauty of the country through chronologically arranged art spanning some 500 years. The property covers 120 acres of Ozark forest, and visitors can explore three miles of nature trails surrounding the museum. Venture further back in time at the Museum of Native American History, where you'll see artifacts dating back more than 14,000 years. Bentonville Square, within easy reach of downtown hotels in Bentonville AR, is the site of Sam Walton's original Five and Dime, now the Walmart Visitor Center. Its red and white striped awning, recreated office of Sam Walton, old Ford truck, and 1950s-style soda fountain take you back to the megastore's humble mid-century beginnings. On a sunny day, spend some time at the circa-1875 Peel Mansion Museum and Heritage Gardens, the park around Lake Bella Vista, or Compton Gardens.
Bentonville's dining scene includes well-known national chains, as well as a wide selection of Asian cuisine, Mexican restaurants, classic American diners, and barbecue joints. Get a good overview of your options by driving down the main thoroughfares of Walton Boulevard, 14th Street, Main Street and A Street. For snacks and picnic preparations, try the farmers' market in Bentonville Square.
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