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Little Rock Introduction

A French trader first put Little Rock on the map in 1722 when he spotted a useful natural feature to help identify a crossing point for early traffic on the Arkansas River. From a prominent landmark, “La Petite Roche” grew into a powerful state capital that can name presidents, philanthropists, generals, business tycoons, comedians, and prize-winning poets among its illustrious residents. This cosmopolitan city offers visitors unrivaled access to world-class culture, nationally recognized heritage, path-breaking museums—including the only handbag museum in America—along with proximity to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Arkansas.

Hotels in Little Rock

The state capital is experienced at welcoming every kind of visitor, from world leaders to weekenders, and hotels in Little Rock are geared up to service their every desire. You’ll find a wide selection of hotels and inns, including all the major national chains, offering comfort and convenience. Family-friendly suites in well-appointed downtown hotels provide a cozy base to explore the sights, while highway motels offer the flexibility to create your own itinerary and venture further afield. Book well ahead to scoop the most competitive Little Rock hotel rates, especially during the peak holiday seasons of summer and Thanksgiving through New Year, when the city is a magnet for vacationers.

Where to stay

The River Market district is the social and gastronomic hub of Little Rock, offering every kind of amusement from farmers markets to music concerts. Stay here if you love quirky stores, lively nightlife, and cuisine from the 4 corners of the world. Many of the best discount hotels in Little Rock are to be found in this atmospheric neighborhood. Splash out on a luxury suite in the historic Capital Hotel in the heart of downtown, or head south on Interstate 30 for a wide selection of budget brands like Super 7 Inn and Econo Lodge Inn & Suites—and save your bucks for having fun.

Things to see

La Petite Roche Plaza tells the story of Little Rock’s origins through interpretive plaques and imaginative landscaping at the spot where it all began. The city’s rich heritage is showcased in the Quapaw Quarter, encompassing some of the oldest and most important buildings, from grand Antebellum and Victorian mansions to a historic newspaper office and a storied cemetery of famous graves dating back to 1843. The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park is the inspiring legacy of President Bill Clinton, who began his journey to the White House as governor of his native Arkansas. This stunning architectural landmark contains thousands of artifacts documenting the presidency, including a full-scale replica of the Oval Office. Another influential son of Little Rock is commemorated in the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. The collection is housed in the Tower Building of the historic Little Rock Arsenal, birthplace of World War II hero General Douglas MacArthur.

How to get to Little Rock

Interstates 40 and 30 are the primary routes into Little Rock from the north and south, intersecting with a network of cross-town auxiliary roads and bypasses. Amtrak’s Texas Eagle connects the city with Chicago and San Antonio, along with some through services to Los Angeles. Clinton National Airport is a major domestic hub offering non-stop flights to many international airports including Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas. Rock Region Metro, which runs the public travel in Little Rock, operates a frequent bus service from the airport terminal to downtown, with an average journey time of 20 minutes.