Little Rock – What to see and do!

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.

Discussion

Guilin - Sun & Moon Pagodas

Shanghai - Bund and Temples

Xi'an - Terracotta Army

Day Out - Great Wall of China

Beijing - Temple of Heaven

Beijing - Tiananmen and Forbidden City

Helsinki - Seurasaari

Helsinki - Cathedral & Suomenlinna

Day Out - Lantern Festival London

Vatican City - Peter and the Pope

Day Out - Pompeii

Rome 2 - Colosseum and Forum

Rome - Food, Trevi and Pantheon

Madrid - Bear and Tree

Hotel One Shot Prado 23 Review

AVE Renfe Train Review

Day Out - La Tomatina

Valencia - Aquarium & Gulliver

Air Europa Review

Adventure - Scandinavia 2016

Bergen - Boats and Fish

FlΓ₯m - Hikes and Views

Oslo - Vikings and Ships

Oslo - Vigeland and Ski Jump

Stockholm - Abba & Meatballs

Copenhagen - Land

Copenhagen - Water

Day Out - Frederiksborg Castle

Let's go! - Israel

Adventure - Israel 2016

Jerusalem - Places to eat and drink!

Jerusalem - Old City

Jerusalem - Museums and Markets

Day Out - Makhtesh Ramon

Tel Aviv - Places to eat and drink!

Tel Aviv - Outside the city

Tel Aviv - In the city

Day Out - Caesarea

Haifa - Places to eat and drink!

Haifa - Wadi Nisnas & Mount Carmel

Haifa - Bahai Gardens

Day in the Life - Tel Aviv

Day Out - Horashim Forest

#13 - Israel

Let's go! - Barcelona

Barcelona #2 - Montjuic & Barri Gotic

Barcelona #1 - Gaudi

Let's go! - Bristol

Bristol - Things to eat and drink!

Bristol - Things to do and see!

Day Out - Sherwood Forest

#12 - Xmas

Day Out - Winterville London

Sophie Newton

Let's go! - Zurich

Zurich - Outside the city

Zurich - In the city

Day Out - Harry Potter Studio Tour

Let's go! - Japan

Adventure - Japan 2015

Tokyo 2

Nara & Hiroshima

Osaka

Koyasan

Kyoto 2

Kyoto

Tokyo & DisneySea

Tokyo

Boston Islands - What to see and do!

Boston - What to eat and drink!

Boston - What to see and do!

Seattle - What to see and do!

Adventure - British Columbia 2015

British Columbia 3 - Victoria

British Columbia 2 - Vancouver

British Columbia 1 - Whistler

Adventure - Alaska 2015

Juneau - Outside the city

Juneau - In the city

Whittier - Glaciers, Bears & Whales

Anchorage - Outside the city

Anchorage - In the city

Denali - ATVs, Huskies and a Moose

Louisville - What to see and do!

Little Rock - What to see and do!

Oklahoma City - What to see and do!

Kansas City - What to see and do!

St. Louis - What to see and do!

Memphis - What to see and do!

Great Smoky Mountains #2 - Hike and Fog

Great Smoky Mountains #1 - Bears & Dixie Stampede

Lake Erie Roadtrip #2 - Cleveland, Xmas and Rock & Roll

Lake Erie Roadtrip #1 - Toronto to Detroit

Fargo - What to see and do!

Reykjavik - Outside the city

Reykjavik - In the city

NYC Winter #2 - Markets, Lights and Trees

NYC Winter #1 - The Christmas Cluster

Day Out - The First Thanksgiving

New Orleans - What to see and do!

Montreal - Food Walking Tour

Montreal - Dos and Don'ts

Austin - What to eat and drink!

Austin - What to see and do!

Ghent in a day

Bruges in a day

Brussels in a day

Lisbon Day #3 - Tiles and Trams

Lisbon Day #2 - We Hate Tourism and Sintra

Lisbon Day #1 - Parque das Naçáes

Mountain Roadtrip #6 - Potatoes, Temple and Pride

Mountain Roadtrip #5 - Deer, Lakes and Cowboys

Mountain Roadtrip #4 - Yellowstone

Mountain Roadtrip #3 - Dudes, Spirits and Towers

Mountain Roadtrip #2 - Storms, Bison and Mount Rushmore

Mountain Roadtrip #1 - Denver, Snow and Red Rocks

Baltimore - Crabs, Old Bay and Beer

Las Vegas #2 - The Strip

Las Vegas #1 - Neon Museum, Hoover Dam & Fremont St

Day Out - Santacon NYC 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #4 - Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #3 - Albuquerque

Balloon Roadtrip #2 - Flagstaff to Farmington

Balloon Roadtrip #1 - LA to Flagstaff