Little Rock is the state capital of Arkansas, but has a small town feel. Don’t let this distract you as the urban life in Arkansas has some cool sights and is surrounded by wonderful nature. Make sure to experience it all by renting a car to get you and yours around the city.
Little Rock is widely known as home to Bill and Hillary Clinton. You will find many references and sights related to the Clintons. There is President Clinton Avenue, of which local lore has it that this used to be an avenue of bordellos. At Balch's Oldsmobile Dealership you will find Clinton's Materials Project. Here, historical material is catalogued and prepared for display. Besides those two sights, there are the State Capitol, Governor's Mansion, Old State House Museum, and Rose Law Firm to be put on your must-see list.
The city of Little Rock is currently in the middle of its downtown revival, where old stores and office buildings get new lives as do apartments, restaurants, and other hotspots. The River Market District can be found right here and is a can't-miss during your visit.
South of the River Market District is an area known as South Main (or SoMa). This area is more relaxed, focusing on southern living and arts. Here, you will find some great restaurants that use local produce, brewery's, pubs, and vintage shops.If you’re into arts, be sure to visit the Arkansas Art Center.
One of the more popular suburbs, only about four miles from Downtown Little Rock, lies Hillcrest. Kavanaugh Boulevard acts like a Main Street, boasting charming restaurants, bars, and shops. The Hillcrest Farmers Market is open every Saturday morning. Hillcrest Shop 'N Sip is held every first Thursday of the month, when galleries and shops stay open late.
Next, Argenta Arts District is in historic downtown Little Rock. The strip along Main Street has become a hotspot for arts, theater, and innovation. Besides having something to eat and drink at the restaurants and wine bars, you can browse through the galleries, visit the comedy night, or cheer on the local baseball team.
Little Rock is also where an important moment of integration in the 50's took place. The Little Rock Nine, which were nine African American students, enrolled at the formerly all-white high school in 1957 after federal troops were called in to protect them. Multimedia interactive exhibits at the school’s visitors centre commemorate the event.
What’s more, Hikers and cyclists will love Little Rock and its surroundings. The Riverfront Park has miles of multiuse trails, is home to the Big Dam Bridge, which is the largest bridge built for pedestrians and cyclists in the United States, and is especially nice when the sun is out in spring or fall. Winters and summer tend to have more extreme temperatures. If you have a day to spare, drive out to Ouachita National Forest or White River National Wildlife Refuge.
Of course, you do not want to miss a thing while visiting Little Rock. Renting a car gives you the freedom to drive around according to your own plan. We at Orbitz offer low rates and rental car classes for everyone, whether you’re looking for a compact car or an SUV.