Located on the banks of the Arkansas River, Little Rock is home to a thriving New South culture that includes an emerging food scene and a vibrant arts scene. Craft beer's popularity in the city has soared, and the number of breweries and breweries in the city is soaring.
The city is the birthplace of Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States. Visit the Arkansas State Capitol and see the temple or learn about Arkansas government and history at the Clinton Presidential Center. Other historic sites include Mount Vernon, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Macarthur State Park and the Little Rock Museum of Natural History.
You can also learn more about the city and visit the Little Rock Museum of Natural History and Arkansas State Capitol. You can visit Viator by clicking here, or you can visit our guide to the most popular attractions in the state of Arkansas, Arkansas City.
Located in the heart of the state, Little Rock is at the top of our list of Arkansas' most popular outdoor recreation destinations. We have a car that will take you from downtown Little Rock to the Arkansas River. You can cross a converted railway bridge, which is now only used by pedestrians and cyclists. It is also connected by a 27-kilometer loop that runs through the city and through downtown and Riverfront Park.
Every weekend there are great events for visitors of all ages, and you will enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, camping, fishing, kayaking, hiking and much more.
Little Rock High School, the only secondary school that is also a National Historic Site, has made its way into the National Register of Historic Places in the past.
In the fall of 1821, the territorial capital of Arkansas was moved there, according to the Arkansas Post, and the state government rushed to remove Hot Springs and Garland County within weeks. Union troops moved in, and the name was changed to Little Rock and Arkansas' territorial capital. The Confederate capital, Washington and Hempstead County, was removed to form a provisional unionist government in LittleRock. When Hall Senior High School was built in the western part of the city, it was renamed Little Rock Central High School in 1823.
In January 2009 Alltel merged with New Jersey-based Verizon Wireless, which decided to make its Little Rock offices its regional headquarters. Acxiom Inc., founded in 1969 in Conway, Faulkner County, moved its headquarters to LittleRock in 1999. The project had long had an animal husbandry center in Perry County, but was moved to Little Rock because it was closer to the husbandry centers. According to the US Census Bureau, the city has a population of about 731,000, and today it has more than 1.5 million people, or about 2 percent of the state's population.
The center of Little Rock is the bustling River Market District, which houses a variety of restaurants, bars, shops and retail stores, as well as a number of hotels. The Ottenheimer Markthalle on the Arkansas River offers a wide range of food and beverages such as beer, wine, spirits, beer and wine.
In the 21st century, several breweries opened in Little Rock, including Diamond Bear Brewery, which later moved across the river to North LittleRock, and the Lost River Brewing Company. Little Rock is home to a number of catfish restaurants, including Catfish Restaurant, founded in 1905, Frankes Cafeteria (which has been around since 1924) and Bruno's Little Italy (which was opened by Brunos in 1949).
A vintage electric trolley streetcar system that opened in Little Rock in 1879 and was officially discontinued in 1947 but revived in 2004. Today, it spans a 3.4-mile line that connects LittleRock with the Arkansas River and its tributary, the Mississippi, and now spans about 2.6 miles. The Arkansas State Railroad, owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Arkansas Department of Transportation, was commissioned in 1924 with the goal of making the Arkansas River navigable to and from Little Rock.
The Pulaski County pedestrian and bicycle bridge, popularly known as the Great Dam Bridge, was the second longest bridge built for pedestrians in North America. It was built to connect Little Rock with the Arkansas River and its tributary, the Mississippi, at the foot of the Big Dam. Clinton Presidential Park and wetlands enriched the waterfront that winds through the nature reserve and downtown LittleRock. It opened on July 1, 2010 and crossed the Arkansas River for the first time in more than two decades at a cost of $1.5 million. Walking along the top of a mountain offers views of Arkansas State Park, a popular tourist attraction in the city, as well as scenic views.