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Little Rock

The heart of Arkansas: scenic, surprising and affordable

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Little Rock is capital of the state of Arkansas centrally located at the heart of the state. The Arkansas River separates it from its sister city, North Little Rock, and its downtown area is home to both the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library and the global headquarters of Heifer International. Both shores of the riverfront are lined with hotels, restaurants, parks and attractions and are conveniently connected by the River Rail Trolley system.

Explore local, state and national civil rights history at one of the city’s many museums. In addition to the presidential library, the MacArthur Museum of Military History, the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Mosaic Templar of America Headquarters, and the Little Rock Central High National Historic Site and Visitor Center are all located in downtown Little Rock or a short 10-minute drive away.

Verizon Arena, the Arkansas Repertory Theater, Riverfront Pavilion, and the Robinson Center bring national acts to the local community, with the Pavilion hosting free movie nights on the lawn along the river during summer months. The River Market and Argenta Arts and Entertainment Districts downtown include restaurants, pubs, piano bars, shopping, and art galleries.The Arkansas Travelers, a minor league baseball team in the Angels’ organization, plays at nationally recognized Dickey-Stephens Ballpark during the season.

If you are looking for value, you will love the variety of price points available when shopping for lodging and dining. The influx of international travelers has expanded the palate of the state to include tastes from around the world, though prices remain lower than national averages at area restaurants. The state’s mild climes invite you to enjoy al fresco dining from March through November.

An extensive network of bike and pedestrian trails runs along the river, connecting the two cities in a few places – most notably, the Big Dam Bridge, the longest bicycle/pedestrian bridge in the country. There are numerous parks and pavilions on the route, with downtown Little Rock’s Medical Mile also featuring sculpture and artwork along its shoreline path.

The Little Rock/North Little Rock area is also popular for its many festivals and expositions, the largest, Riverfest, drawing about half a million people during the month of May.


When To Go

Arkansas’s mild climate and four distinct seasons encourage travel throughout the year. Spring, summer, and fall are obvious choices if you are looking for water sports, camping, or any of the state’s numerous outdoor attractions. However, did you know that several world-record trophy fish were caught in the coldest months of the year?

At the end of May both sides of the Arkansas River are transformed to host Riverfest – a series of outdoor music venues featuring nationally known acts, festival foods, and artisan booths. The fireworks finale is scored by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and is visible throughout downtown.

What it Costs

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Prices often fluctuate dynamically depending on capacity, seasonality and deals. We don’t want to lead you astray by quoting exact prices that quickly become wrong. To give you a rough idea for budgetary planning purposes, though, we have indicated general price ranges for all points of interest.

Price ranges are quoted in $US.

See & Do
N/A => Not applicable
Free
$ => Tickets less than $10 per person
$$ => Tickets $11-25 per person
$$$ => Tickets $26 per person

Sleep
$ => Rooms less than $100 for a double
$$ => Rooms $200 for a double
$$$ => Rooms $300 for a double

Eat
$ => $1-15 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
$ => $16-40 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
$$$ => $41 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)

Shop
N/A => Not applicable

Tours
$ => Tickets less than $10 per person
$$ => Tickets $11-25 per person
$$ => Tickets $26 per person

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Recommended Reading

Arkansas: An Explorer’s Guide by yours truly, Jana Wood

Websites and Maps

www.Arkansas.com is the state’s tourism website and offers an attraction, lodging and dining database that includes all of the state’s hospitality offerings

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