Fayetteville train station
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When the world seems bleak, all you need is a little sunshine and serenity. Fayetteville, Arkansas has a monopoly on that – the sun shines over the city for 218 days in a year. The city is also well-known for its ability to draw in football crowds. But Fayetteville has much more to offer.

The first thing you should look for in Fayetteville is the Fantasy Castle found at Wilson Park. It’s a sculpture that is well loved by the Fayette villians. Want a perfect view of the city? Trek to Mt. Sequoyah and look for the cross marker. That spot gives you the most magnificent view of Fayetteville, Arkansas. To the left of the marker, you’ll be able to see the historic Trail of Tears.

For a taste of history visit the Pea Ridge National Military Park and Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. These two parks are famous for being Civil War Battle sites. You can take a self guided tour of these parks or simply go hiking or horse-riding.

Imbibe local culture and go museum hopping. Kids are sure to enjoy the Rogers Historical Museum where they are encouraged to touch the shelves for a more interactive learning experience. Visit Bill and Hilary Clinton’s first home which was converted into a museum aptly called Clinton House Museum. Drop by the Arkansas Air Museum to travel back in time to the early days of Aviation. Other interesting museums are The Ozark Military Museum, which displays a wide range of military vehicles and the Jerry Jones-Jim Lindsey Hall of Champions, which showcase the colourful history of razorback football.

Those who love driving are sure to enjoy a trip in Fayetteville. Scenic routes and driving tours which pass through different landmarks are part of the attractions in this city. You can explore the All Seasons Trail, The Pig Trail Scenic Drive and Scenic Highway 71. For a more leisurely form of recreation, a picnic at Lake Fayetteville City Park is recommended. Go boating or fishing at this 194-acre lake to gain a sense of serenity. The city also has golf courses that are open all year round for those who love the greens.

Before heading home, take a trip to Dickson Street to experience the nightlife in Fayetteville. Sample the food, dance to live music and shop for presents to bring home to your loved ones.

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