Area Shops and Attractions

The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad Links page. Do you have a railroad-related web site? (IE - Hotels, restaurants, loaders, equipment, etc.) If you would you like to be included on our web site, email it to us at

Arkansas Parks and Tourism:  When visiting Arkansas, this state run web site gives a complete list of parks, lodgings and entertainment no matter what time of the year you are visiting.

The Art Exchange:  Promotes regional, national and international awareness of the art and artists of Northwest Arkansas as well as other regions through the use of sound and pragmatic business practices to secure venues for artists, the arts, and art education and provide promotional support and business services to these artists. Located 1 block west of train depot at 113 W. Emma Avenue, Springdale, AR 479-361-1211.  Regional Information Site for Springdale, Arkansas and NWA. Provides the latest web information on the community and cultural events for the Springdale area, showcasing Retailers and Service companies.

Walton Arts Center: Arkansas' largest and busiest center for the performing arts and entertainment, showcases Broadway shows, dance, music, jazz and is the home of the North Arkansas Symphony. The Center's Nadine Baum Studios offers group instruction in visual, dance and dramatic arts.


Located in the Springdale Area
Magnolia Gardens Inn
An elegant Bed & Breakfast in Springdale within blocks of A&M Railroad train depot

Residence Inn:  Few Springdale, Ar hotels can match our spacious suites, fully equipped kitchens, and complimentary daily breakfasts in our gatehouse.  We offer an indoor heated pool, whirlpool, SportCourt and fitness room to help guests unwind and stay in shape.

Sleep Inn:  Ideally located in the heart of northwest Arkansas, with easy access to Interstate 540 and U.S. Highway 412.   Hotel amenities include: free hot breakfast, 42-inch flat-screen televisions in all rooms, beer and wine available, wired and wireless high-speed Internet access in all rooms and public areas, Free USA Today newspaper, exercise room, indoor heated pool and steam room.

Double Tree: At DoubleTree by Hilton, we believe the little things mean everything when it comes to a great travel experience.

Holiday Inn: As the recipient of the Quality Excellence Award, the newly renovated Holiday Inn Hotel Springdale / Fayetteville Area promises a comfortable stay with a knowledgeable staff and thoughtful amenities.

Hampton Inn & Suites: Located just minutes to the University of Arkansas, 4 miles from A & M Railroad tours, 5 miles to historic downtown and 8 miles to scenic Beaver Lake

Arkansas Parks and Tourism: Find unique lodging, camping locations, cabins and hotels using the official web site of the Arkansas Parks and Tourism department. Located within 30 min to Springdale are several Corp of Engineer campgrounds on beautiful Beaver Lake - War Eagle, Hickory Creek, Prairie Creek, Rocky Branch, and Lost Bridge.

Located in the Fort Smith Area
Beland Manor Inn
Skip the budget motels and the over priced hotels, and enjoy the privacy and luxury of your own suite at this Ft. Smith Bed and Breakfast.

Other Great Lodging Options
Arkansas Parks and TourismFind unique lodging, camping locations, cabins and hotels using the official web site of the Arkansas Parks and Tourism department. There are several state parks located close to both Springdale and Van Buren.  Devil's Den and Lake Fort Smith parks are both approximately half way between the two options for train rides and each has beautiful scenery, great facilities and unique outdoor recreation opportunities (caving, kayaking, bird watching, hiking, swimming, biking, etc...)

Singletonhouse Eureka Springs
An old-fashioned place with a touch of magic, now celebrating its 20+ year, sheltering an award-winning hidden garden on a hillside in the Historic District of Eureka Springs.

Museums and Tourism

Law Breakers & Peace Makers: Step back to the 19th Century, a period of time and transition that involved Lawmen, Outlaws, Indians, Wild Women, Mountain Men, Pioneers and many others that changed the shape and direction of the United States.

Drennen-Scott House:  Overlooking the Arkansas River, the commanding Drennen-Scott House, initially the home of the Revolutionary War descendant, John Drennen and his family.

Fort Smith Trolley Museum: Dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of electric powered streetcars, railroad equipment, transportation and other technology that existed during days gone by, and to provide a unique educational experience to the visiting public.

Fayetteville, Arkansas Air Museum: From world-famous racing planes of the 1920s and 1930s to an early airliner, the planes in our air museum are maintained in flying condition.

City of Eureka Springs: An authentic 19th century Victorian resort, tucked in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and encircled by two beautiful lakes and two scenic rivers, it is a magical place filled with old-world charm and European flavor.

Shiloh Museum: The Museum offers exhibits, programs and events that relate to the history and culture of Northwest Arkansas and the Ozarks. Come tour the beautiful park-like grounds that showcase six historical buildings, and take a peek in the gift shop for some further reading about the area and its history.

Crystal Bridges:  Museum of American Art welcomes all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding works that illuminate our heritage and artistic possibilities.

Peel House Museum & Historic Gardens: The Peel Mansion site is not only an indoor museum but also an outdoor museum of historic roses, perennials and native plants. Careful research over many months has resulted in an extensive inventory of 19th-century plantings. Descendants of early settlers were interviewed for their childhood memories of early gardens. The 1845 Jacob Smith Nursery list from Fayetteville served as a documentary source. Various vignette gardens are interlaced among curvilinear walks and large shade trees, creating a most appropriate setting for this great historic building of Northwest Arkansas.


Bikes, Blues & BBQ: The fastest growing motorcycle festival in the world. Bikes, Blues, and BBQ in just three years has grown to over 200,000 attendees.

War Eagle Craft Fair: The War Eagle Craft Fair was a project of, by and for little people—a group of little old ladies exhibiting their weaving. When that attracted a greater-than-expected response, other unsung artists and craftsmen were invited to participate. There is no government subsidy, sponsorship or assistance of any kind, just unpaid volunteers led by an Arkansas farmer and his wife. It has all happened in a magical place.

For More Information

Van Buren Chamber of Commerce
Van Buren Visitor's Bureau

Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce
Fort Smith Visitor's Center

Springdale Chamber of Commerce

Fayetteville Visitor's Bureau

The Chambers of Northwest Arkansas
Northwest Arkansas Tourism

If you have found other interesting spots, or if you’d like to include your business on our list, please contact us today!


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