The rally is based around Dixon Street in Fayetteville. The closer you get to Fayetteville the better you will be if you are looking to experience the rally itself. Another place that is a good place to stay is Eureka Springs. It isn't nearly as packed and crazy as Fayetteville if you want a more laid back experience.
Pigs Trail Harley Davidson is OK. I've watched concerts there and it's fine but if I'm going to battle traffic and people I'm just going to go to Fayetteville and go to the main rally area or Dixon street.
The rides are the real event though. The pigs trail is always a popular ride but my favorites is the rides in the state are around the Jasper area. Highways 7, 74, 123, etc are phenomenal. Riding into Oark, AR to get some pie at the Oark Cafe is always a good idea as well.
2011 Cross Country
-Cee Baileys Windshield & Lowers. Victory Lower Bag Rails, Driver And Passenger Backrests.
-RPW Exhaust, Lloydz Air Filter, VM1 Cams, ATS (Timing Wheel), 1/4 turn throttle & IAV. PCV with Custom Tune by Coweta Customs.
105.2 HP & 127 Ft-Lbs on a Dynostar (Eddy Current) Dyno.