It's less quaint Western Mass town and more edgy urban oasis/cultural center, with all the bars, galleries, and hipsters to prove it.
But assuming that's all Bentonville has to offer is like assuming the only thing to see in Seattle is the original Starbucks.
Beyond the aforementioned Walmart Museum, the city also houses one of the top art museums in the Southeast, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (complete with originals from Normal Rockwell to Andy Warhol), the Museum of Native American History, and the Amazeum, which, among other things, features a Hershey's Lab!
Hike/drive up to the Summit House on Mount Holyoke; appreciate the farms (corn! in Monson or hop on the Mohawk Trail (Route 2) out to the Berkshires and North Adams, Mount Greylock, and MASS Mo CA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art).
There is no more gorgeous drive to peep the fall foliage in all of the country.
And you can work off everything you devour on the Razorback Regional Greenway, a 36-mile trail that winds through the region and visits six (SIX! -- Population: 14,042 Must-eat/drink: Beer and seafood over lakeside beach volleyball at Spikes Beach Grill, "one of the best beach bars in Indiana" Don't leave without: Touring Lake Webster on the 1929 Dixie Sternwheeler Weekend highlights: OK, so you might think a place dubbed "the orthopedic capital of the world" isn't going to be THE most exciting place to spend the weekend. The area's natural beauty alone is a HUGE draw, as Warsaw's nestled among Winona Lake, Pike Lake, Hidden Lake, Center Lake, and about 100 more natural lakes in the surrounding region of Kosciusko County. Mountain biking, hiking, boating, and fishing are the obvious options for outdoorsy types, while there are antique shops, galleries, and shows at the historic Wagon Wheel for the more artistically inclined.
When you’re tired of the trails (or looking at old furniture), head to the taproom at Mad Anthony Brewing Company, Susie's Sandbar, or Rex's Rendezvous. And while everybody knows you're gonna have fun in New York or San Fran or Austin, not everybody thinks about the TON of smaller cities that -- much like teams during March Madness -- can absolutely hang with any big metropolis for at least a weekend.Fun cities that don't get the recognition they deserve, but that are loaded with amazing bars and restaurants, and enough activities that you'll spend most of your trip repeating: "I can't believe there's SO much do here." But which ones are worth trading a trip to the big city for?Or grab dinner waterside at Spikes or a hot pizza on the channel at the Barbee Landing.-- Population: 28,495 Must-eat/drink: Ice cream from Herrell's, craft beer at The Dirty Truth Don't leave without: Hiking to the top of Mount Tom or Mount Holyoke for stunning views of the Pioneer Valley; seeing a show at the historic Calvin Theatre (opened 1924) Weekend highlights: If you didn't know any better, you might mistake this artsy enclave on the Connecticut River with any big city square in Cambridge or Boston.Much as we did a few months back when we narrowed down over 300 big US cities to the 25 best for spending a weekend, we turned our extensive team of local experts loose on the of towns with populations UNDER 90k to figure it out. Same criteria: take into account all the components of a fun three-day getaway -- from restaurants, bars, and breweries, to parks, museums, and outdoor activities -- and then rank the best 25.