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Before You Visit Northwest Arkansas - Attractions and Travel Planning Guide

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Northwest Arkansas is one of my favorite parts of the state. It's the home of wealth and Wal-Mart, the place for adventure on the Buffalo River, where the elk roam free, great shopping and dining in Eureka Springs and the home of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Find Nature and Wildlife

This part of the state is great for wildlife lovers. The Buffalo River and Boxley Valley are some of the most beautiful and natural parts of the state. Besides the Buffalo River region, you can also enjoy Beaver Lake in Rogers, and Bull Shoals and Devil's Den state parks.

Celebrate Romance / Plan a Honeymoon

Eureka Springs is one of the most popular places in the state for honeymooners. The Crescent Hotel is known for luxury, and places like Beaver Lake Cottages offer secluded cabins for you to enjoy.

Eureka Springs is known for its quaint shops and a pleasant atmosphere, often referred to as “America’s Victorian Village.” The streets of Eureka Springs are exceedingly friendly. Much like Hot Springs (another honeymoon getaway), Eureka Springs was once known for it's healing and relaxing waters, so you'll find many spas in the area.

For your ceremony, check out Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs.

Woo Pig-Souie - Watch the Razorbacks and NWA Naturals

The University Fayetteville is the biggest college in the state and the home of the Arkansas Razorbacks. Because of the college, Fayetteville is blessed with a great nightlife and arts community. Many hog fans makes a weekend getaway so they can experience Fayetteville. The Hogs play most home games at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Other major area colleges include: Northwest Arkansas Community College and John Brown University.

The Arvest Ballpark in Springdale is the home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

Discover Quirky and Fun Attractions

I love roadside attractions and Northwest Arkansas has no shortage. Northwest Arkansas has the biggest uncruxified Jesus Christ in the US, the original Wal-Mart, a haunted hotel and a hanging judge. We're even building a Medieval Castle in Northwest Arkansas. Other attractions include the gardens at Arkansas's strangest dwelling: Quigley's Castle, a daisy airgun museum in Rogers, and the home of gargoyles and the bluebird of happiness at Terra Studios (on the Pigtrail).

Family Friendly Attractions

Northwest Arkansas is perfect for families, because outdoor fun is never far from a bustling city. Family attractions include Turpentine Creek Wildlife/Big Cat Sanctuary in Eureka Springs, Cosmic Caverns in Berryville, The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs and Wild Wilderness Drive-through Safari in Gentry. Your kids can even see a real life castle come together and talk to the people building it by hand.

Other Stuff

Here are a few more great Northwest Arkansas attractions that I recommend.

War Eagle Mill in Rogers is a working gristmill and well worth a visit. The best part of the tour is their store, where their stone-ground grains and other crafts are sold.

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park is one of the most intact Civil War battlefields. Pea Ridge National Military Park is also great for Civil War buffs.

Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down and Pine Mountain Jamboree are fun for people looking to experience some Southern music and humor.

The Clinton House Museum in Fayetteville preserves Bill and Hillary's first home.

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