What to See and Do in Northwest Arkansas

This past weekend, my father and I traveled to Northwest Arkansas to visit my brother, Andrew. My brother moved down to Arkansas two years ago to become the head brewer for JBGB. I had a such an incredible time exploring a new state and seeing my brother do what he loves. While I was there, we were able to explore what Northern Arkansas has to offer. If you’re ever in the area here are a few things you should check out.

Tanyard Creek Nature Trail

Location: Bella Vista

The first full day we were in Arkansas we traveled up to the Bella Vista to leisurely walk the well-groomed nature trail. This ‘hike’ was more of a stroll but it was equipped with quirky bridges, streams of water, and a great view. This hike is perfect for someone who wants to get out of the house and just have a fun time.

Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel

Location: Bella Vista

A five-minute drive from the nature trail is the captivating Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel. The chapel was designed by a local architect in memory of Mildred B. Cooper. The entire structure is inspired by the cathedrals designed in the middle ages and is built with thirty-one tons of steel and 4,460 square feet of glass. I didn’t take any pictures inside the chapel so you’ll just have to see this gem for yourself!

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Location: Bentonville, Arkansas

The history behind Crystal Bridges is that Sam Walton’s, owner of Walmart, daughter wanted to create a gallery where she could showcase her love for the arts. The incredible building is designed by Moshe Safdie and is home to artists such as Georgia O’Keef, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, and so many more. There are also architecture gems all throughout the building and even exhibits outside of the museum such as Frank Lloyd Wright house.

I was incredibly blown away by how magical Crystal Bridges was. The entire place from the building’s structure to the collection of art inside its walls was surreal. When I studied abroad, I went to a few art museums but none of them stuck with me like this one. This would be reason enough to visit Arkansas.

Original Walmart Store

Location: Bentonville, Arkansas

If you know anything about Arkansas, you probably saw this coming. Arkansas is home to the first ever Walmart store. Although, it was called something else back then. Located in a little time square you can find the original Walton’s running in all its glory.  Next to the original store, you can even go through the history of Walmart equipped with the history of Sam Walton.


Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Obviously, I had to save the best for last. I was able to tour JBGB and see what my brother has been talking about for the past two years. It was one thing to hear about how the beer process works and another to actually see how it is done. If you’re in Arkansas and want to see how the beer process works you can easily contact JBGB to set up a date.

Alongside the brewery my brother works for, is an adult playground equipped with the second largest music venue in Arkansas, beach volleyball, ping pong, shuffleboard, bocce ball, and a wading pool. During the summer, JBGB throws a summer concert series with regional and national acts. You can eat food, play games, and drink all while listening to some of the best regional and national acts around. Since I went this past weekend, I wasn’t able to see the concert series but I can only imagine what it is like once it is warm again!

Have you ever visited Northern Arkansas? Let me know in the comments down below.

As always,

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