city and county seat of Benton, Arkansas, United States

For other places with the same name, see Bentonville (disambiguation).

Bentonville is a city of 51,000 people (2018) in the Northwest region of Arkansas. Widely known as the home to the corporate headquarters of retail giant Walmart, the city was noted by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the "Hottest Travel Destinations of 2012".


Tourism is the area is booming, thanks to the corporate traveler during the week and families on the weekends. If you are looking for things to do while in town, visit the local Chamber of Commerce's website, or stop by the Bentonville Convention & Visitors Bureau, which is on the Bentonville square.

Because the majority of the population are "transplants" from other areas of the country (moved here for business), people are open to visitors and very friendly. There is also an air of "southern hospitality."

Get inEdit

Wal-Mart visitor's center; the original Walton 5 and Dime

There is excellent highway connections to Bentonville from Kansas City, Tulsa, or Little Rock. If driving in is not an option, fly directly into the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA). If airline ticket cost is a factor, consider flying into one of the international airports within a short driving distance, such as Tulsa or Kansas City.

By planeEdit

  • 1 Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) (Located about 12 miles soutwest of Bentonville.). The closest airport with regular commercial flights.    
  • 2 Bentonville Municipal Airport (VBT). A small General aviation airport. Its other name, Louise Thaden Field, comes from a local aviation pioneer.    

By bicycleEdit

Get aroundEdit

By carEdit

The city is easy to navigate and finding your way around is simple. While there is an abundance of taxi services available in Bentonville, they are expensive. Rent a car if you are going to be in town more than a day.

By busEdit


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art



Websites include details about Bentonville trails and Bentonville parks.


Among the dozens of fast food and national chain restaurants in Bentonville, there are also many excellent local restaurants to try.


Bentonville does not have a bar/club scene (Bentonville was in a dry county until November 2012), but there are many great places to have a drink. Here are some suggestions that have consistent good service and pricing:


There are diverse hotels in Bentonville, depending on the service quality and/or the amount you want to pay. Midweek room rates are on the high end because of the corporate traveler demand. You will be able to find up to 50% or more off Bentonville hotel rooms on the weekends.


Go nextEdit

It is a great central starting place for day trips throughout the region, including Eureka Springs, Tulsa, Branson, the Buffalo River, and the Ozark Mountains.

Routes through Bentonville
JoplinBella Vista  ends ←  N    S  RogersFayetteville

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