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The NWA Travel Guide and The Best of NWA Top 10 bring you the very best of what Northwest Arkansas has to offer, including the cities of Bentonville, Bella Vista, Rogers, Fayetteville, Springdale, Siloam Springs, Eureka Springs and the other smaller communities in the area.

Lynn West

Lynn West, Co-Founder of The Northwest Arkansas Travel Guide

Lynn West, a Northwest Arkansas native and one of the founders of the two above publications, has always championed the specialness of NWA and its amazing people. Heavily recruited out of high school to play college basketball she soon realized that not everyone felt the same way she did about her beautiful home state. In fact she was often faced with ignorance and sometimes even ridicule concerning her beloved birth place.

The Northwest Arkansas Travel Guide and The Best of NWA, Top 10

The NWA Travel Guide and The Best of NWA Top 10,  was created to tell the world the untold, and fantastic Northwest Arkansas story. These publications showcase the The Best of NWA Top 10 in more than 144 categories, and the NWA Travel Guide, itineraries, bucket lists, things to do lists and posts also help to spread the good word about her beloved Northwest corner of the state

How Do We Find The Best?

So how do we go about determining the best of NWA, to really showcase it?  As an example, here’s how we develop our popular Top 10 lists:

First, we established some important guidelines:

#1  Businesses should not be able to pay to be on a Top 10 Lists
#2  No membership fees or club dues would be paid in order to be considered
#2  No public voting is used.  While it is fun, it doesn’t yield accurate results.
#3  Anonymous reviews that are given without regard to rhyme or reason will not count as reviews
#3  Big marketing budgets shouldn’t be allowed to drown out the voice of quality, smaller, independent restaurants that aren’t owned by corporate entities.

Then, we created a proprietary formula, an algorithm that includes online polls and reviews and a street team (kind of like mystery shoppers). This three pronged strategy allows us to pinpoint businesses that are doing it right, and this approach is an excellent way to make sure we select the Top 10 candidates in any particular category.

“The list businesses can’t pay to be on” is much more than a catchy tagline, it succinctly says what our mission is all about.

How To Access This Information

So, just how does it work?
Are you hungry for a great hamburger?  Check out our Top 10 Hamburger list to find a top-notch hamburger joint near you. It’s as easy as one, two, three!  Try it yourself!

Top 10 Restaurants
Top 10 Things To Do
Top 10 Hotels, Airbnb’s and Resorts

We are so grateful for our incredibly talented NWATravelGuide.com advisory board.  They go above and beyond to make tourism in Northwest Arkansas a wonderful experience.

Mike Abb – Creative director for the Bentonville based hospitality group “RopeSwing”
Kris Ashmore – Director of Business Operations for J. B.  Hunt
Karen Wagaman – VP Downtown Development Rogers-Lowell Area C of C
Amy Lindsey – General Manager of XNA Airport Services
Amber Perrodin – Co-Founder of Team Springdale & Little Craft Show
Scott Schroen – Director Oz Trails
Roger Thomas – TeleComp CEO, Founding Board of the Amazeum Children’s Museum
Kat Wilson –  Artist KatWilsonArtist.com