What comes to mind when you think of Arkansas? From Little Rock to desegregation to Bill Clinton to the Arkansas Razorbacks, this state is known for its friendly people and Southern hospitality. We experienced the love at every stop we made. Our top 3 sites to see in a short and sweet timeframe are The Little Rock Central High School, River Market District, The Bill Clinton Museum and the Big Dam Bridge.
Many years ago I heard Minnijean Brown speak during a Black History Month event in Vancouver, BC, which is where she currently resides. Minnijean Brown is one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African Americans who challenged racial segregation. At the time I heard her speak, I didn’t imagine I would one day experience the city and see the high school with my own eyes. You too, should make a stop at Little Rock Central High School and the museum to embark on a a piece of land with so much history.
A visit to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum is a must. The Clinton library is filled with archives, including the daily agenda for each day of Clinton’s time in office. I enjoyed the short film, looking at all the memorabilia from his election campaign and even items from his childhood. The museum also has a wide collection of exquisite art, classified as the White House Collection of American Crafts. These pieces are the exact items that were used to decorate the White House in 1993. A guided tour of the museum is available at 9:30am, 11:30 am, and 1:30pm. We preferred the self guided tour and spent about 2 hours here. Make sure you see the replica of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room. Cost to enter is $10 for Adults.
Before or after you finish the Clinton Museum, take a walk through the River District and check out the local restaurants and shops. You can also take a walk along the many pathways in the area. Arkansas is very green and has a diverse landscape with some of the nations largest parks.
Make your way out to the longest pedestrian bridge in North America, the Big Dam Bridge. This bridge is 4,226 feet in length and has never been used by trains or any vehicles. The bridge isis reserved for pedestrians and cycling and is often used for cycling races. The region expects to have healthier people and an improved economy.
Have you been to Little Rock? What did you see and love about the city?
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