Little Rock has played an important role in United States history and politics, and a variety of museums and government landmarks showcase its rich heritage. For an eye-opening look at the Civil Rights Movement, pay a visit to Little Rock Central High School, a key site in the struggle for school desegregation and a National Historic Landmark. Then, discover the legacy of former president Bill Clinton as you explore the Clinton Presidential Center, which houses interactive exhibits, presidential artifacts, and a full-scale Oval Office replica. And don't miss the chance to find out where all the legislative action in Arkansas takes place at the majestic State Capitol Building.

 

Little Rock Nine

In the fall of 1957, Little Rock became a civil rights battleground when the governor questioned the authority of the United States Supreme Court's desegregation ruling while nine Black high school students sought an education at the all-white Little Rock Central High School. Today, the Little Rock Nine are revered as civil rights pioneers and activists. Their story is interpreted at the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. You can walk the halls of Central High School, tour the rooms of the Daisy Bates house where the students planned out their journey, and even sit in the very same booths at the Lassis Inn where the students came to relax.

 

Central High School

In September 1957, Little Rock Central High School was at the center of international attention when Governor Orval E. Faubus ordered the Arkansas National Guard to prevent nine Black students from attending the all-white school. President Dwight D. Eisenhower later federalized the National Guard and sent in federal troops to escort the students to class. The school became a crucial battleground in the struggle for civil rights. Dramatic media images of the conflict seared themselves into public memory. The Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and Visitor Center opened in September 2007 to mark the 50th anniversary of the school's desegregation. The interactive displays include interviews with the Little Rock Nine and historic video clips. You can learn more about Central High School and other Little Rock sites along the U.S. Civil Rights Trail by taking the city's self-guided Civil Rights Tour.

 

Clinton Presidential Center


The Presidential library of Bill Clinton resides within the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park. The 30-acre campus includes the Clinton Presidential Library, the offices of the Clinton Foundation, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, and the full-service restaurant 42 bar and table. The library features exhibits that chronicle Bill Clinton's presidency, focusing on expanding civil rights to peoples around the world. Exhibits also include exact replicas of the Oval Office and Cabinet Room. To see more sights that impacted our 42nd president, take the self-guided tour of President Clinton's Little Rock.

 

River Market


Located just steps from the Statehouse Convention Center, the River Market Entertainment District is where Little Rock comes to let loose. District guests aged 21 and older can carry alcoholic beverages outside of participating bars and restaurants and onto sidewalks and inside nearby shops. Full of chic restaurants, lively hotspots, and even a few local honky-tonks, it's the perfect place to relax after a productive day of meetings.

 

Trails (Jogging)


It's not a secret: Little Rock is a city best experienced by getting outside and exploring its natural environment. From its 60+ city parks to the towering heights of one of Arkansas's most visited state park, take some time during your visit to stretch your legs and expand your horizons on the city's best trails.

 

Biking (Rent a Bike!)

Little Rock is a cycling city for every season. Rain or shine, sun or snow (just kidding, we almost never get snow), there are hundreds of miles of trails just waiting to be explored. From heart-pounding downhills and state-of-the-art freerides, to scenic routes that span from the delta to the mountains, there's a course for every rider here. Whether you're bringing your bike or you just want to rent one when you get here, these are six of our favorite local bike trails for beginners.