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Fayetteville is a city of 87,000 people (2018) in the Ozarks and the Ozarks Region of Arkansas.

It is home for the main campus of the University of Arkansas, and has many characteristics of a college town, including many bars, restaurants and specialty stores. It serves as a regional hub for live music and performances, with several venues. Fayetteville is also part of the booming Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers-Bentonville metropolitan area in Northwest Arkansas, and has experienced dramatic growth since the 1990s.

Fayetteville's core area of interest centers around the historic downtown square and Dickson Street, which runs between Highway 71B (also known as College Avenue) and the University of Arkansas campus, and is the "main drag" for restaurants and bars. This area can be flooded with people during the very popular Razorbacks college sports games, or during a number of festivals, the biggest of which is the Bikes, Blues, and BBQ Festival. This downtown area, along with the UofA campus and a few historic neighborhoods on either side, is quite walkable. The rest of town, including several strip-mall shopping districts that extend along the highway and residential neighborhoods, is less accessible except by car; bus service is available, but is limited.

Get in[edit]

Block Street in Fayetteville, in the historic downtown square area

By plane[edit]

  • Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport [dead link] (XNA), One Airport Blvd. Suite 100, Bentonville, +1 479 205-1000, Fax: +1 479 205-1001. The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport provides commercial flights by a variety of carriers. This is the main commercial airport for this area, including Fayetteville; its location allows it to serve the Northwest Arkansas Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers area.
  • Fayetteville Municipal Airport, 4500 South School Avenue. Airport Administration: +1 479 718-7642, FBO Desk: +1 479 718-7641, Fax: +1 479 718-7646. Drake Field/Fayetteville Municipal Airport (FYV) [formerly dead link] is owned and operated by the City of Fayetteville. Drake Field is a general aviation facility serving private, corporate, and chartered flights.

By train[edit]

For passenger service, the nearest Amtrak stops are on the Texas Eagle line in Little Rock, Arkansas, which is about a 3-hour drive away.

By car[edit]

Interstate 49 is the main highway coming from Fort Smith and traveling north into Missouri. Many state highways exist for more scenic entrance (namely US 71), but I-49 is the fastest route from the north or south. If coming from Tulsa, US Highway 412 is the best bet.

By bus[edit]

Get around[edit]

Map of Fayetteville (Arkansas)

By taxi[edit]

By limousine[edit]

By bus[edit]

See[edit]

  • 1 Devil's Den State Park, 11333 West Arkansas Highway 74, +1 479 761-3325, toll-free: +1-800-264-2417. West Fork, GPS: 35° 46.7’ 46.7” N / 94° 15’ 1.3” W. Enjoy hiking, backpacking and mountain bike trails that lead to backcountry areas of Devil's Den State Park and the surrounding Ozark National Forest. Sixteen fully-equipped cabins featuring kitchens and fireplaces are available throughout the year. The wood-burning fireplaces are available for use from mid-September thru mid-May. A park cafe and swimming pool (both open in summer only) overlook the lake. Groceries, gifts and snacks can be purchased at the park store. Also in the park are 144 campsites, a group camp, standard pavilion, and mountain bike trails. Devil's Den State Park (Q5267113) on Wikidata Devil's Den State Park on Wikipedia
  • Mt. Sequoyah Conference and Retreat Center, 150 NW Skyline Dr. An amazing view of all of Fayetteville.
  • The Statue of Liberty In front of Washington Regional Medical Center. A spectacular replica of the original Statue of Liberty in New York City.
  • The University of Arkansas The main campus of the University of Arkansas, home of the Razorbacks, is located at the west end of Dickson Street. "Track Capital of the World" and renowned center of SEC sports, the campus is situated atop one of the many hills in the town. Check out the many stadiums (football, baseball, track, gymnastics, basketball, soccer, etc.) and the many, varied academic buildings on campus. "Old Main" is the feature, the oldest and first building. It is situated in the 'arboretum' - which features one or more of every tree found in Arkansas. Also the Arkansas Union has a coffee shop and a movie theater, and Mullins library has free internet access, just ask the circulation desk.
  • Fayetteville Public Library Voted best library in the country several times.
  • The Confederate Cemetery Northeast of Fayetteville, east of the UofA campus. Located at the junction of Rock and Willow Streets. Started in 1872 by the Southern Memorial Association of Washington County, which paid to have the remains of Confederate casualties at Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove, as well as from less-storied combats, removed and reinterred in what remains a picturesque and moving site.
  • 2 The Fayetteville National Cemetery, 700 Government Ave (north off Dickson St), +1 479 442-2566. Daily, sunrise-sunset. Officeː M-F 8AM-4ː30PM. Fayetteville National Cemetery (Q5439058) on Wikidata Fayetteville National Cemetery on Wikipedia
  • Headquarters House Museum Located at 118 E. Dickson, built in 1853 the house served as headquarters for both Confederate and Federal troops at various times during the civil war. The Battle of Fayetteville was fought on the grounds and across the street on April 18, 1863. office and bookstore, M 10AM-noon, Th 10AM-4PM, Sa 10AM-noon, Living history tours by appointment. Battle of Fayetteville reenactment/Ice cream social third Saturday in August.
  • 3 Clinton House Museum, 930 S California Blvd, +1 479 444-0066. The house that Bill and Hillary lived in while they taught at the University of Arkansas. It has been turned into a small museum, including a gift shop and a short tour. $5 adults, $1 kids. Clinton House (Q5134156) on Wikidata Clinton House (Fayetteville, Arkansas) on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

  • Dickson Street Visit this high-energy 'bar row' home to various bars, nightclubs, and eateries. Specialty stops and jaw-dropping jewelry stores will catch your eye as you traverse up and down the area.
  • Farmers' Market, located on the downtown Fayetteville Square. Apr-Oct: Tu Th 7AM-1PM, Sa 7AM-2PM. Local farmers, growers, and others feature regional specialities on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings during the spring, summer and fall. The Saturday market features music and entertainment.
  • Arkansas Razorbacks, 1295 S. Razorback Road, Suite B (ticket office), +1 479 575-5151, toll-free: +1 800 982-4647, . Sports teams of the University of Arkansas, also affectionately known as "Hogs", with events nearly every weekend during the academic year. Sporting schedules can be found on the athletic program website. Men's and women's athletics are nationally competitive, fun to watch, and are usually reasonably priced. Make sure to wear red! Parking on campus can be tight for football or basketball, but not impossible, and certainly attainable for all other sports, including first-class track events, gymnastics, baseball, and more. Their key venues are listed immediately below:
    • 1 Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The Hogs' main football home, holding a little over 76,000. One or two home games a year are played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (Q1124181) on Wikidata Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Wikipedia
    • 2 Bud Walton Arena. Home to men's and women's basketball, holding over 19,000. Bud Walton Arena (Q2927497) on Wikidata Bud Walton Arena on Wikipedia
    • 3 Baum–Walker Stadium. Home of Razorbacks baseball; in 2019 it was renamed from Baum Stadium. Baum–Walker Stadium (Q4873533) on Wikidata Baum–Walker Stadium on Wikipedia
    • 4 Barnhill Arena. Home to two Razorbacks women's sports—volleyball in the fall, and gymnastics in the winter. While most college sports programs use the same arena for volleyball and basketball, that's not the case for the Hogs. After the basketball teams moved to Bud Walton Arena in 1993, the university decided to turn Barnhill into a volleyball-specific design (which could easily be adapted for gymnastics), and it's been home to those two sports ever since. Barnhill Arena on Wikipedia
  • Bikes, Blues, and BBQ Festival. Annual event held (mostly) on Dickson Street. Parades, music, shows, and more.
  • One Twelve Drive In Theater One of only 3 drive-in theaters left in Arkansas. Single screen showing double features weekends only (Fri-Sun) and on occasional Mondays such as Memorial Day and Labor Day; and also on Thursday evenings when school is not in session; open mid-March thru mid-November. Broadcasts the movies' soundtrack locally in FM Stereo (105.3). BoxOfc opens 1hr before dark/ShowTime. Admission: $6 per carload (covers both movies, for all passengers). 3352 Highway 112 North. +1 479 442-4542

Buy[edit]

  • Nightbird Books, the only independent bookstore in town.
  • Dickson Street Book Store, great place to find used or rare books.

Eat[edit]

Fayetteville boasts a large number of restaurants. There are a number of casual chains and fast food along the I-49 corridor and highway 71; there are also many restaurants downtown along Dickson Street. Below are some of the best-known and unique Fayetteville restaurants.

  • 1936 Club D'lux Cafe, 300 West Dickson Street, +1-479-442-9682, +1-479-521-4402. An eclectic bar and restaurant features fine dining in a jazzy setting. They offer fresh seafood, pasta, black angus beef and other fine dishes.
  • AQ Chicken, +1-479-443-7555, fax: +1-479-443-1504, . M Tu 11AM-9PM, F Sa 11AM-9:30PM, Su 11AM-8:30PM. There are two locations on highway 71B, one in Fayetteville and one in Springdale. This is a full service restaurant specializing in fried, grilled, bbq'd, and roasted chicken in addition to catfish and ribs. AQ Chicken is a long-standing institution in the area for southern fried chicken, and has a few branches called AQ Express.
  • Arsaga's, Gregg and Township; Crossroads Village Center, Highways 265 & 45; 401 East Mountain at the Fayetteville Public Library; University of Arkansas Law Library. Local, independent friendly coffeeshops serving drinks, pastries, good soups and sandwiches. The Gregg & Township location includes comfortable couches, game boards, and quirky restrooms with blackboards and chalk. Free wifi. Live music and/or displays by local artists at some locations.
  • Bangkok Cuisine, 311 West Dickson, Downtown/Dickson Street, +1-479-527-9531. Authentic and unique Oriental dishes served in an a unique setting.
  • Bordinos, 324 West Dickson Street (behind Jose's), +1-479-527-6795. Bordino's offers a distinctive menu of classic to eclectic Northern Italian cuisine, such as one of their favorites, the Salmon con Gongola. Dine in elegance and note the murals and decorations all created by local artists especially for Bordinos.
  • Brewski's Restaurant & Draft Emporium, 408 West Dickson, Downtown/Dickson Street, +1-479-973-6969. A great stop when relaxing after a hard work day or just eating with the family. Serves a full menu and houses numerous domestic and foreign drafts and ales.
  • Butcher Block Steakhouse, 2396 North College, +1-479-521-2100. Serving great steaks in a friendly atmosphere.
  • Cable Car Pizza, 318 North Campbell Suite 101, +1-479-444-7600. A favorite pizza place with the local scene.
  • Catfish Hole #3, 4127 West Wedington, +1-479-521-7008, fax: +1-479-521-4946, . Tu-Th 4:30-9:30PM, F 4:30-10PM, Sa 11:30AM-10PM, Su 11:30AM-8:30PM. Family style dining serving steaks and fish.
  • Chili Red's Coney Island, 2334 North College Avenue, +1-479-787-6363. Serving homemade chilli and great coney dogs.
  • Chloe, 3878 North Crossover Avenue, +1-479-442-4144. Suite 1. Chloe serves high quality food with a warm and friendly atmosphere.
  • Dixie Cafe, 3875 North Shiloh, NWA Mall/North area, +1-479-444-6660. Great home cooked flavor in a friendly setting.
  • Doe's Eat Place, 316 W. Dickson, +1-479-443-3637, fax: +1-479-443-3649. M-Th 5-9PM, F Sa 5-10PM. Fresh cut, aged steaks. Homemade hot tamales and seafood gumbo. A branch of the Little Rock institution.
  • Ed's Barbeque, 2772 Mission, +1-479-587-8646. A local flavor that is sure to please even the most discriminating of barbeque enthusiasts.
  • Elenita's Cafe, 727 South School, South, +1-479-443-6612. A little place that's big on Mexican flavor.
  • Hawg Wild Pizzeria, off Garland, sells gourmet pizzas with sunshine, wheat, and Guinness on tap (flowing freely).
  • Hugo's, 25½ North Block, Downtown/Dickson Street, +1-479-521-7585. A quirky subterranean place with a variety of cuisines and dishes that's sure to please all who come, including good crepes and interesting burgers.
  • Hunan Manor, Wedington west of I-49, +1-479-521-3883. Unique among Fayetteville's Chinese restaurants because of its new building. Serves Americanized but fairly tasty Chinese dishes, in a striking avant-garde building with a modernist interior.
  • J.D. China Restaurant, 1466 North College, +1-479-442-5875. Buffet includes an unusual variety of mostly Americanized Chinese dishes, plus so-so sushi, and desserts including flan and cinnamon-apple-filled fried wontons. Among the better Chinese buffets in Fayetteville.
  • Jim's Razorback Pizza, 1968 Crossover, +1-479-527-6701. Here, great pizza, beverages and service are a tradition.
  • Jim's Razorback Pizza, 2620 W 6th, +1-479-443-2265. Here, great pizza, beverages and service are a tradition.
  • Joe's Bistro, 3061 North College Avenue, +1-479-443-5637. Fiesta Square. Fine food at moderate prices. Enjoy steak, seafood, and classic Italian dishes.
  • Jose's Mexican Restaurant, 324 West Dickson Street, +1-479-521-0194. "A Fayetteville Tradition." Established in 1980, this restaurant serves Tex-Mex food in a festive environment. On the Street Side, there is local live music every Tuesday.
  • Kate's Daylight Donuts, 1220 North Garland, +1-479-521-9573. Serving specially made donuts and a variety of other pastries.
  • Kirby's Grill & Bakery, 3722 North Front Street, +1-479-443-3900. Enjoy the huge variety of dishes available or savor the fresh baked goodness of the homemade bakery items.
  • Kosmos Greek Cafe, 540 W Dickson Street. Great Greek contemporary Greek food and happy hour drink specials.
  • Little Bread Company, 116 N Block St. M-Sa 7AM-5PM; Su 8AM-3PM. Bakery and espresso cafe with breakfast and lunch, featuring delicious homemade breads, pastries and sandwiches. Just off the Fayetteville Square.
  • Noni's Grill, Highway 16 East, +1-479-444-9797. Great, one of a kind grilled sandwiches and beverages.
  • Northwest Port of Call, 3582 Highway 112 North, +1-479-443-7700. Great tasting steaks and seafood served to your specific tastes.
  • Hawg Haus Brewing Company, 430 West Dickson Street, +1-479-521-BREW (2739). Across the street from the Walton Art Center. Haus-made ales, and an array of traditional and eclectic appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, steak, fish and more.
  • Ozark Mountain Smokehouse, 215 West Dickson, Downtown/Dickson Street, +1-479-442-2152. Friendly cuisine with that great smoked flavor.
  • Patio II, 324 W Dickson, +1-479-521-2194. Authentic Italian dishes served in a festive and friendly atmosphere.
  • Penguin Ed's B and B Barbeque, 230 East Ave S, +1-479-521-3663. Best Barbecue in town.
  • [dead link] Pesto Cafe, 1830 North College Avenue, +1-479-582-3330. Casual, tasty Italian food in a long-standing Fayetteville restaurant.
  • Powerhouse Seafood, 112 North University, Downtown/Dickson Street, +1-479-442-8300. Enjoy great taste and flavor of the sea.
  • Rick's Iron Skillet, 1131 South School, South, +1-479-442-2200. The famous spot for homecooking flavor and service in Fayetteville.
  • Rick's Donuts & Bake Shop 2104 North College, +1-479-442-2166. Homemade, fresh and always delicious bakery items and sandwiches.
  • Rocco's Spaghetti Kitchen, 16 East Mountain, +1-479-443-6411. Authentic Italian dishes served in a unique and inviting setting.
  • Savor, 2217 N. College (1/10th of a mile south of township), +1-479-587-8325. Tu-Sa 4PM-, Su 11AM-2PM for brunch. A contemporary Fine Dining Restaurant new American. Fresh fabulous flavor. $14-36.
  • Sezchuan Express, 1525 South School, +1-479-443-0029. Authentic Oriental cuisine and dishes served in slightly spiritual atmosphere and setting.
  • Shogun Japanese Steak & Seafood, 637 West Joyce #104, NWA Mall/North area, +1-479-582-5714. Grilled to order steaks and seafood.
  • Thep Thai, S. School. Best Thai food in town. All the herbs fresh from the garden right out front.
  • Tim's Pizza, 2730 North College, College Avenue (71B), +1-479-521-4151. Great pizza and spirits, a local favorite.
  • Tim's Pizza, 1313 Mission, East, +1-479-521-5056. Great pizza and spirits, a local favorite.
  • Petra Cafe, 31 E Center St., +1-479-443-3090. M-Sa 11AM-2:30PM. The best Middle Eastern/Greek food in the area. Down-town, local feel. Authentic hummus, babaganush, falafil, foule, gyro pockets, and the Petra specialty: made-to-order Turkish coffee (among others). Small seating capacity, prepare for a tight-squeeze.
  • Whole Hog Café, 3009 North College, +1-479-442-0100. World Champion Barbecue
  • Wilma's, 481 S School Ave, +1-479-521-6968. Great Soul Food.
  • [dead link] Ye Olde King Pizza, 3162 West Martin Luther King Blvd, +1-479-442-5464.

Drink[edit]

  • 1 George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson St, +1 479 527-6618, fax: +1 479 527-6611, . Go to George's Majestic Lounge to see some of the area's best musical talent.
  • 2 Brewski's Restaurant & Draft Emporium, 408 West Dickson St, +1 479 973-6969. Serves more varieties of beer on tap than any other bar in the city. Rogue Locker Stock's change regularly.
  • 3 On The Mark, 2588 N Gregg Ave., +1 479 575-0123. Large sports bar with dollar pool, table shuffleboard, darts and trivia. A good place to get away from the frat environment of Dickson Street.

Sleep[edit]

Splurge[edit]

Game Day[edit]

  • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, [1].
  • Game Day Info, [2] Including tailgating and stadium rules, traffic info, and parking info.
  • RV information, [3] Winn Creek RV Park and Campground, just 13.5 miles south of Fayetteville near I-49, offers the same low rates on game days as any other day throughout the year. It has full hook-ups, WiFi and paved level sites.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Fayetteville
BentonvilleSpringdale  N I-49.svg S  West ForkFort Smith
MuskogeeTahlequah  W US 62.svg E  SpringdaleRogers
JoplinSpringdale  N US 71.svg S  West ForkFort Smith


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