As spring blossoms across Northwest Arkansas, the air is filled with excitement for the class of 2024's commencement ceremonies. If you're planning to celebrate a graduation this May, make Bentonville your home base. Voted second in USA Today’s Top 10 Best Small Towns in the U.S. for Adventure and third in Time Out Magazine’s 16 Best Cities For A Weekend Getaway, Bentonville is a hub for arts, culinary, and outdoor experiences.


Hosting family from out of town can be hectic; let Visit Bentonville help! Our staff is here to help, free of charge. We can recommend restaurants for large groups and support group bookings at hotels. Call 479-271-9153 or email with questions. 


Here’s our list of resources and recommendations to help you with your planning:


Where to Stay

Bentonville provides a range of lodging options to suit every preference and budget. Treat yourself to the luxurious 21c Museum Hotel, where you can immerse yourself in contemporary art while enjoying upscale amenities. Numerous hotels, from familiar brands to boutique properties, are available throughout the city. Alternatively, explore the unique offerings on Airbnb and VRBO for a home-away-from-home experience.


Cultural Attractions

While in Bentonville, discover the city's rich cultural offerings. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, with its stunning architecture and impressive collection, is free to visit and a must-see attraction. Explore the Momentary, a cutting-edge contemporary art space housed in a decommissioned cheese factory. Don't miss the Museum of Native American History, which provides a fascinating glimpse into the region's indigenous heritage.


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Outdoor Adventures

Bentonville's natural beauty and extensive trail systems make it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Rent a bike and explore the city's comprehensive network of paved and mountain biking trails, winding through lush forests, next to spring-fed creeks, and up and down the hills and hollers of the Ozark mountains. For a more leisurely experience, stroll through the Bentonville Square, a charming downtown area lined with local boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries.


Culinary Delights

Fuel your graduation celebrations with Bentonville’s diverse and innovative culinary scene. From farm-to-table fare and international flavors, the city’s restaurants cater to every palate. Browse our restaurant guide.


Wow your crowd at renowned establishments like The Preacher’s Son or savor local favorites like Table at The Hickory Inn and Tavola Trattoria. Bentonville has a wide variety of restaurants that take reservations and can seat a large crowd, we recommend calling in advance or reserving a spot online as soon as possible! 


Don't forget to sample the local craft brews and spirits, a testament to Northwest Arkansas's thriving beverage scene.



We’re happy to help you with any additional information needed during your stay in Bentonville. Our Visitor’s Center is open 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, and 9 am to 3 pm on Saturdays. Stop by and see us at 406 SE 5th Street, Suite 6.