Little Rock, Arkansas | “Getaways are better with a Southern accent”™
As the state’s capital and cultural core, Little Rock is celebrated for its charming hospitality, genuine people and new Southern style. With numerous recent accolades, including a top-ranking in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “10 Great Places to Live, 2013,” an Editor’s Choice selection in Outside magazine’s “Best Towns of 2013,” being named one of “Five Secret Foodie Cities” in the country by Forbes Travel Guide and being ranked among the Top Ten “US Best Value Cities for 2015” by Trivago.com, Little Rock is on a roll.
|Fall in Little Rock’s River Market entertainment district|
One of Little Rock’s biggest strengths is its wonderful quality of life – it is home to dozens of museums and cultural attractions (many which are free), a vibrant theater and dining scene, and the River Market entertainment district, where one can enjoy a variety of clubs, restaurants, shops and numerous year-round festivals and special events.
Looking for outdoor adventure? Check out the Arkansas River Trail, a 17-mile loop connecting downtown Little Rock to North Little Rock via several pedestrian bridges. It runs through Little Rock’s downtown Riverfront Park, a 33-acre park where you can take a bike or Segway tour, or enjoy a stroll through the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden or La Petite Roche Plaza (the city’s namesake landmark).
Other major attractions you won’t want to miss include the Clinton Presidential Center and Park, the Old State House Museum (the oldest standing capitol West of the Mississippi), or Little Rock’s Central High School National Historic Site Visitor Center, which tells the story of the Little Rock Nine, and recently observed the 55th anniversary of the school’s desegregation.
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With a burgeoning artisanal food scene, Little Rock has lots of options for food enthusiasts – all waiting to be explored. Some not-to-be-missed food purveyors include: Boulevard Bread Company, Hillcrest Artisan Meats, Kent Walker Artisan Cheese, Le Pops Gourmet Ice Lollies, Loblolly Creamery and Mylo Coffee Co. Little Rock is also home to seven micro-breweries, with more on the way. If spirits are more your pleasure, be sure to visit Rock Town Distillery, the state’s first legal distillery since Prohibition, produces a variety of award-winning spirits, including bourbons, gins, rum and vodkas, handcrafted and produced in small batches from Arkansas grain and water. One of its single barrel reserve bourbons was named “American Micro Whiskey of the Year” in the2015 Whisky Bible by Jim Murray.
Additionally, the city has a number of great, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, each imbued with their own unique character, and locally-owned restaurants and shops that beckon you to explore. In addition to downtown, other neighborhoods worth visiting include SoMa, Hillcrest, the Heights, Midtown and West Little Rock. Go to LittleRock.com for additional information, and discover why we say “Getaways are better with a Southern accent”™ This content is paid for with a combination of state funds and regional Heart of Arkansas funds.