Northwest Arkansas has yet to make it on the radar for many travelers, which only adds to the allure of the seemingly undiscovered charming mountain towns and emerging cities of the region.
A drive through Northwest Arkansas will take you on a journey below canopy-covered back roads, alongside sparkling rivers, and through the verdant hills of the Ozark Mountains to the heart of Arkansas’ wine country. Sample Arkansas’s state grape, the cynthiana, at Chateau Aux Arc in Altus, a winery that also holds the distinction of being the largest U.S. chardonnay vineyard outside of California—or take a short hike in the woods to uncover the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired glass-enclosed Thorncrown Chapel just outside of the Victorian village of Eureka Springs.
The small town of Bentonville has earned a big reputation in the art world, as it’s home to both the 21C Museum Hotel Bentonville and the award-winning Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the culinary arts are thriving in the town as well with chef-driven restaurants like Tusk & Trotter and The Preacher’s Son. — Kristy Alpert