Little Rock, Arkansas

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LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS

Located right in the heart of Arkansas, Little Rock was founded on June 1, 1821. It procured its name back in the 1720s by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Bénard de la Harpe, who named the region “La Petite Roche” after a rock formation along the Arkansas River. Today Little Rock serves as the state’s capital city and is home to approximately 200,000 residents. 

The recently revitalized downtown district is a contemporary yet historically charming destination that boasts a vibrant culinary and entertainment scene, along with numerous museums, historic sites, galleries, performance venues, public art installations, shows, and events to experience. From the 17-mile multi-use Arkansas River Trail to the nearby Pinnacle Mountain State Park, it’s an active city boasting plenty of parks and trails to explore, and numerous outdoor adventure opportunities that range from rock climbing and bicycling to kayaking and paddleboarding.

Notable historic sites to visit include the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion, Arkansas State Capital, Historic Arkansas Museum, Old State House Museum, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, Firehouse Museum & Hostel, Arkansas Korean War Veterans Memorial, Mount Holly Cemetery, and nearby Toltec Archaeological State Park. Little Rock is a culturally significant capital city that’s home to six destinations on the US Civil Rights Trail, including the Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Clinton Presidential Center, Daisy Bates House, “Testament” Little Rock Nine Memorial, and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

More at www.LittleRock.com.

 

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