The capital of the state of Arkansas, Little Rock is a city of over 700,000 people, lying at the center of the state where the Ozark Mountains meet the Ouachita Mountains. While perhaps most famous for being the home of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Little Rock also features a variety of eclectic shopping locations and local eateries in places like the River Market. A major economic center of the state, Little Rock got its name from a rock formation on the south bank of the Arkansas River known as La Petite Roche. With a thriving downtown area full of museums and historic sites, Little Rock has a rich culture and a wealth of live theater and cultural events. Summer in Little Rock opens up opportunities for swimming, fishing, hot springs and boating at one of Little Rock’s many lakes.
Transportation in and Around Little Rock
Visitors to Little Rock by air will come in through the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, just east of Little Rock’s downtown area. The airport is served by all major airlines, with Southwest Airlines providing the most destinations.
Travelers may also come into Little Rock by bus — Amtrak’s Texas Eagle, which runs from Los Angeles and Chicago, makes a stop in Little Rock in the late night and early morning hours. Those coming into Little Rock by bus can either take the Greyhound or Megabus coaches.
While the downtown area of Little Rock is fairly walkable, easily getting around the rest of the city is likely to require a car, taxi, or charter bus. Little Rock’s River Rail Trolley streetcar line, which opened in 2004, can take tourists across the Main Street Bridge over the Arkansas River to visit the various museums, restaurants, and entertainment venues in the area. The River Rail operators also provide some guided tours of the city’s historic sites and annual events.
Taxi service in Little Rock can be something of a challenge compared to other cities — visitors will be able to find taxis at the airport, but elsewhere in the city, it’s best to call ahead to a taxi service. For those seeking public transit, the Central Arkansas Transit Authority provides bus service city-wide. A charter bus can provide easy and convenient transportation all around the Little Rock metropolitan area.
Little Rock Airports
Museums and Culture in Little Rock
Arkansas Arts Center
Museum of Discovery
Clinton Presidential Center
Historic Arkansas Museum
U.S. Arsenal Building
Old State House Museum
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History
Esse Purse Museum
Little Rock Attractions
Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Community Theater of Little Rock
Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Quapaw Quarter Association
Wildwood Park for the Arts
Arkansas River Trail
Big Dam Bridge
Little Rock Marathon
Little Rock Zoo
Willow Springs Water Park
The Bernice Garden