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Northwest Arkansas is a lively blend of the rural and the metropolitan. The fast-growing region offers theater, art galleries, a thriving music scene and historic attractions. Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Springdale and Rogers are the population centers, while charming Eureka Springs and the beautiful Buffalo National River lie not far away.

ART/GALLERIES

Arts Center of the Ozarks Offers dinner theater, musicals, dance, drama, workshops, art exhibits and competitions. In Springdale. Call (479) 751-5441. Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel A majestic glass, wood and steel chapel designed by noted architect E. Fay Jones. At 504 Memorial Drive, Bella Vista. Call (479) 855-6598. Sager Creek Arts Center Showcases artisans and thespians from within a 200-mile radius and stages musicals, dinner theater, children's performances and classic plays. In Siloam Springs. Call (479) 524-4000. Terra Studios A working artists' studio with two large showrooms, gardens, picnic areas and strolling paths. On state Highway 16 near Durham. Call (479) 643-3185.

ENTERTAINMENT

Arkansas Wine Country Taste an array of award-winning wines available at five family wineries. Post Familie Vineyards, (800) 275-8423, Wiederkehr Wine Cellars, (800) 622-9463, Mount Bethel Winery, (479) 468-2444, and Chateau Aux Arc Vineyards and Winery, (800) 558-9463, are all near Altus. Cowie Wine Cellars and Museum, (800) 419-2691, is near Paris. Dickson Street The center for live entertainment. Offers shops, bistros, galleries and night clubs. In Fayetteville. Inspiration Point Performance center that is a springboard for some of the country's brightest opera talent. Open-air theater. On U.S. Highway 62, west of Eureka Springs. Call (479) 253-8595. Park at West End "Retro" amusement park features a 1937 Ferris wheel, merry-go-round and renovated railroad dining car restaurant. Downtown Fort Smith. Call (479) 420-1821. Rogers Little Theater Volunteer dinner theater presenting regular productions and a summer musical. Call (479) 631-8988.

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PERFORMING ARTS

Great Passion Play Outdoor drama depicting the final days of Jesus Christ. The season is April-October. Also check out the seven-story Christ of the Ozarks statue. In Eureka Springs. Call (800) 882-7529. North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Offers six classical music concerts from October to April and a holiday concert in December. In Fayetteville. Call (479) 521-4166. University of Arkansas Offers a Fine Arts Concert Series, touring companies and performers, theater productions, art displays and more. At 1125 W. Maple Ave., Fayetteville. Call the Department of Fine Arts, (479) 575-5202. Walton Arts Center Broadway, dance and ethnic music shows; art exhibits; art labs and studios; a computer resource room; a 475-seat lecture hall; and art classes, in Fayetteville. Call (479) 443-5600.

HISTORIC SITES

Fayetteville Downtown Square Historic district featuring commercial buildings and homes restored to their original 19th-century grandeur. The Old Post Office at 1 Center Square is the focal point. Fort Smith National Historic Site A restored courtroom, jail and gallows used by "Hanging Judge" Isaac Parker. Call (479) 783-3961. Headquarters House Headquarters for the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Living-history tours and battle re-enactments. At 118 E. Dickson St., Fayetteville. Call (479) 521-2970. National Cemetery One of the oldest military burial grounds in the South. At 700 S. Government Ave., Fayetteville. Call (479) 521-2970. Pea Ridge National Military Park Protects 4,300 acres in and around the site of the Battle of Pea Ridge. A visitors center, a museum, an audiovisual theater and tours. Ten miles northeast of Rogers. Call (479) 451-8122. Thorncrown Chapel Magnificent wooden structure that rises 48 feet and contains 425 windows and more than 6,000 SF of glass. On U.S. Highway 62, near Eureka Springs. Call (479) 253-7401. War Eagle Mill An authentic reproduction of a 19th-century gristmill. Offers tours, food products, antiques displays and annual arts and crafts fairs. In Hindsville. Call (479) 789-5343.

MUSEUMS

Arkansas Air Museum Displays aviation artifacts and memorabilia. At Drake Field on U.S. Highway 71, Fayetteville. Call (479) 521-4947. Peel House Museum and Historical Garden Gives visitors a glimpse of life in Arkansas in the 19th century. Decorated with period furnishings. At 400 S. Walton Road, Bentonville. Call (479) 273-9664. Rogers Daisy Airgun Museum Houses the world's largest collection of nonpowder firearms, named for the Daisy Manufacturing Co., which produced the famous Daisy BB gun. At 114 S. First St. in historic downtown Rogers. Call (479) 986-6873. Rogers Historical Museum Presents the history of the area through tours of the 1895 Hawkins House, permanent and rotating exhibits, and programs for the entire family. At 322 S. Second St. Call (479) 621-1154. Shiloh Museum of Ozark History Contains American Indian artifacts, primitive paintings of early rural life and an extensive research archive. At 118 W. Johnson Ave., Springdale. Call (479) 750-8165. Wal-Mart Visitors Center Exhibits trace the formation and growth of Wal-Mart Stores. On the square in Bentonville. Call (479) 273-1329.

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PARKS AND RECREATION

Beaver Lake State Park Surrounded by campgrounds, marinas and resorts. Cold-water trout fishing below Beaver Dam. Call (479) 789-2380. Belle of the Ozarks Scenic 10-mile cruises on Beaver Lake aboard a 49-passenger US. Coast Guard-certified vessel in Eureka Springs. Call (479) 253-6200. Buffalo National River A favorite destination for canoeing, hiking and fishing. In Newton, Searcy and Marion counties. Call (479) 741-5443. Bull Shoals State Park Trout fishing in the White River and a shady forest for steamy summer months. The park has 105 campsites. Call (870) 431-5521. Cosmic Cavern Transparent formations, blind or colorless animals and two cave lakes. North of Berryville. Call (870) 749-2298. Crystal Dome and Mystic Caverns Feature an eight-story dome and a 28-foot pipe organ. Tours available February-December. South of Harrison. Call (888) 743-1739. Devil's Den State Park Features a small lake; 14 cabins; hiking, horseback riding and mountain bike trails; nature programs; and Rent-A-back-pack. In southern Washington County. Call (479) 761-3325. Eureka Springs Gardens Arkansas' premier botanical gardens, plus a gift shop and historical theater. Call (479) 253-9244. Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center One of a series of nature centers operated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, featuring educational exhibits and hiking trails. On 170 acres around Wells Lake in Fort Smith. Call (479) 4523993. Lake Fort Smith State Park Features cabins and camping areas, a swimming pool, boat rentals and the Rent-A-Backpack program. The Ozark Highlands National Recreation Trail starts here. South of Devil's Den State Park. Call (479) 369-2469. Lake Wedington A 102-acre lake with campsites, picnic areas, boat rentals, a hiking trail, swimming and a bathhouse with showers. West of Fayetteville. Call (479) 968-2354. Mount Nebo State Park One of the best places in the state to view sunrises and sunsets. Rent a cabin, and hike around the mountain's peak. Call (479) 229-3655. Old Spanish Treasure Cave Legends of buried gold haunt the cave. North of Gravette. Call (479) 787-6508. Onyx Cave Living cave. Radio headphones guide visitors through the maze of stalactites and stalagmites. Six miles east of Eureka Springs. Call (479) 253-932 I. Ozark Ecotours Introduces visitors to the wild side of northwest Arkansas. In Jasper. Call (870) 446-5898. Petit Jean State Park The first in the state park system. Offers hiking, cabins, tennis, good food and spectacular scenery and views. Call (479) 727-5441. Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park Historic, 130-acre park commemorates the Civil War Battle of Prairie Grove. At U.S. Highway 62. Call (479) 846-2990. War Eagle Cavern Features an underground stream, an abundance of crinoid fossils, unusual dome pits, onyx and much more. Off state Highway 12 near Rogers. Call (479) 789-2909.

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