Little Rock is the capital of Arkansas (have you spotted a theme with these posts?) and the most populous/happening city there. The main thing we noticed whilst being in Arkansas was how proud the people are of their state. Everyone spoke so fondly of it and seemed to really enjoying living there which is awesome. On another note I had the idea that the landscape was going to be really flat but it couldn’t of been more opposite. The nature is stunning and we drove past so much greenery and mountains – you’ll see two spots below that were mind-boggling!
Before that though our first experience of Arkansas was actually the visitor centre. I haven’t wrote about these yet during these posts and we actually stopped in quite a few. This one made a lasting impression though as everyone was so damn friendly. I am a big advocate of tourist/info/visitor places as they give you more detailed (and often different) information to the internet. If you are going somewhere and want to get a real feel for the place, the best people to ask are the ones that live there.
So to get outside and experience some nature we went first to Mt. Nebo. The drive up the mountain is very twistyturny but once you’re at the top the views are incredible. It’s a pretty small mountain top and probably takes about twenty minutes to walk from one end to the other. Up there is an information centre and then lots of cabins that you can rent out. If you want to shop or get food you have to drive back down and go to the local town – it makes the place very isolating but also a nice retreat. Try to go on a clear day like we did and you can see for miles. As always photographs do not do it justice but hopefully you get the idea. Whilst there we did a small hike around Sunset Point and then wandered down to a waterfall and got to creep under it. We then drove back down and went a little further into the state to go to Petit Jean park. This one is more expansive but has incredible vast views and a giant waterfall. There are longer hikes here but unfortunately we didn’t have time to do them, so instead we just climbed out onto cliff edges and attempted to take instagram worthy shots.
Now into Little Rock and the main thing to see there is the Clinton Presidential Center. It is essentially a museum full of Bill Clinton’s life before and during his presidency. Having been born/raised in the UK I didn’t really know that much about Clinton but even I found it pretty interesting (it is very, very Clinton heavy but of course you would expect that). There are galleries that focus on his campaign and also on each year that he was president and what happened/he focused on. To me one of the coolest parts was the replica of the oval office and getting to see what it was like in his terms. There are also neat insights into their personal lives with hand-written letter exchanges and archive footage. Just next door is the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge that leads across the Arkansas River and makes a nice little walk after filling your brain with Clinton facts.
Of course a capital visit isn’t complete without the building haha. They do all look alike yes but it’s mainly the interiors that are different. This one had a very white and pristine interior (I think it was all marble but I’m not sure).
To end with something a little unsual, check out the ‘big dam bridge’ – I love the name. As it says, it’s just a big bridge but for pedestrian/cycling access only. We decided to go at night as in photos it seems to light up but it didn’t haha. Still the view was really nice and the sun was poking out over the horizon which was lovely. It was a cool night temperature wise and there were lots of families and couples out walking.
That was Little Rock. I’m sorry I have no food suggestions but we just ate at the hotel/drove to Mississippi for food. Next up is the last in my little city tour and that’s Louisville coming on Wednesday. If you missed any of the previous ones they can be found here – Memphis, St. Louis, Kansas City and Oklahoma City.