Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art impresses inside and out

Visitors inside the museum have a view of "Lowell's Ocean," a steel sculpture by Mark di Suvero on the museum's grounds.
(Timothy Hursley / Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art)

I cannot say enough good things about the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., founded and funded by Alice Walton, daughter of the Wal-Mart founder. The buildings alone are worth the drive, designed to showcase this amazing collection of American artists. The museum is free, parking is free, the earpieces to listen (if you so desire) are free and the art collection is unmatched. Plan to spend at least half a day.

Crystal Bridges Museum, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, Ark.; (479) 418-5700,

Kate Reeves

Mountain Center, Calif.