The following is one in a series of blogs prepared by the Convention & Visitors Bureaus of the 14 cities that are home to the universities of the Southeastern Conference. These blogs are presented to enhance fans' enjoyment of the rich history and culture of SEC cities across the 11-state footprint of the Conference.
Fayetteville, Arkansas, offers guests a multitude of experiences. Here, culture and nature meet, and free spirits thrive. It's rich in arts, history and entertainment. Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, Fayetteville is a nature-lover's dream. The vibrant local culture gives this community its flavor, and there's always something exciting happening.
The scenic beauty offers guests limitless outdoor opportunities. For visitors looking to get the full Fayetteville experience on their bike, the Razorback Regional Greenway is your best friend. This paved 40-mile shared-use trail starts at Kessler Mountain Regional Park, "mile zero" for the Greenway, just south of downtown Fayetteville, and runs through Northwest Arkansas. In Fayetteville, it weaves near restaurants, historic sites, breweries, shops and more. The Razorback Greenway is a great way to experience Fayetteville. For cyclists that are up for more of a challenge, the steep and winding roads, like Scenic Highway 71, in the Ozark Mountains make this area some of the country's best rides. It's why Fayetteville is the highest-rated Bicycle Friendly Community in the state of Arkansas.
Fayetteville has long been known as the cultural epicenter and entertainment capital of the region. Art can also be found around every corner, sometimes literally! Popular installments can be found across Fayetteville. Stop by the Experience Fayetteville Visitor Center to get your art map to start your journey. The performing arts are vibrant here, and entertainment is easy to find. Performances, including plays and live music, are wrapped up with food, nightlife and more in the Downtown & Dickson Street Entertainment District for easy access and sampling.
The best part of about any vacation? The food! Fayetteville's authentic, diverse culinary scene continues to grow thanks to a new wave of restaurateurs showcasing regional ingredients and reinventing traditional dishes. Farm to table restaurants exhibit a commitment to supporting local farmers and seasonal ingredients. Long time staples continue to be must-try institutions, serving classics and acting as a rendezvous for meetups on game day.
No trip to Fayetteville is complete without experiencing the Downtown & Dickson Street Entertainment District. One the many staples of this college town is live music. With it being geographically located between several legendary American music cities, Fayetteville has served as a musical crossroads and heralded stop for both renowned and up-and-coming acts. Along with being the live-music center of the region, Dickson Street is where everyone goes to party. Thanks to the newly designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, patrons can now buy drinks on the go as they walk around downtown.
So, if you're looking to escape, come find out why Fayetteville has been named the number one place to live in the SEC!