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Little Rock
The Clintons may have put Little Rock on the map, but this charming and historic capital city offers plenty of reasons to keep it there. The Central High Museum tells the painful, powerful story of the city's racial struggles. Political buffs and Clinton fans will want to check out the State Capitol. Shoppers can spend hours at the River Market, a collection of tasty eateries and eclectic stores. Kids will be more than wowed by attractions such as the Children's Museum, the Museum of Discovery and the Zoo, famous for its eye-popping ape exhibit. Stay at a charming historic abode, an inviting bed and breakfast or a luxury hotel. Eat at fabulous restaurants and enjoy exciting nightlife. Little Rock has all the... more The Clintons may have put Little Rock on the map, but this charming and historic capital city offers plenty of reasons to keep it there. The Central High Museum tells the painful, powerful story of the city's racial struggles. Political buffs and Clinton fans will want to check out the State Capitol. Shoppers can spend hours at the River Market, a collection of tasty eateries and eclectic stores. Kids will be more than wowed by attractions such as the Children's Museum, the Museum of Discovery and the Zoo, famous for its eye-popping ape exhibit. Stay at a charming historic abode, an inviting bed and breakfast or a luxury hotel. Eat at fabulous restaurants and enjoy exciting nightlife. Little Rock has all the ingredients of a perfect weekend getaway. less

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Central High Museum and Visitor Center
Central High Museum and Visitor Center
Owner description: Across the street from Central High and dedicated to understanding the fight for desegregation in Arkansas, the museum focuses on the 1957 battle in which the "Little Rock nine... more Owner description: Across the street from Central High and dedicated to understanding the fight for desegregation in Arkansas, the museum focuses on the 1957 battle in which the "Little Rock nine" faced angry mobs trying to prevent them from becoming Central's first black students. less
Attraction type: History Museums; Historic Sites; Educational Sites
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William J. Clinton Presidential Library
William J. Clinton Presidential Library
Owner description: The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park, located on the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock, Arkansas, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around... more Owner description: The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park, located on the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock, Arkansas, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world to its grounds each year. Opened in 2004, the Center is home to the Little Rock offices of the Clinton Foundation, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. less
Attraction type: Libraries; Historic Sites; Architectural Buildings
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Big Dam Bridge
Big Dam Bridge
Attraction type: Parks
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Central High School
Central High School
Built in 1927, this school was the center of the fight for desegregation during the 1950s.
Attraction type: Historic Sites; Architectural Buildings
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ESSE Purse Museum
ESSE Purse Museum
Owner description: Dedicated purse museums in the world are rare jewels of history: Amsterdam, Seoul and Little Rock claim the distinction of being home to the three brick-and-mortar galleries in... more Owner description: Dedicated purse museums in the world are rare jewels of history: Amsterdam, Seoul and Little Rock claim the distinction of being home to the three brick-and-mortar galleries in existence. Esse Purse Museum at 1510 S. Main in the SoMa district of Little Rock opened its doors in late June 2013 to share what's inside the fabulous exhibit featuring almost 300 bags. More than just a fashion history, the museum showcases the evolution of the 20th-century American woman - decade by decade - through the bags she carried and the contents within. The delightful by-decade displays of purses are complemented by carefully selected items women from each era carried - true history held in a handbag. Small photos in the displays and enormous backlit photos on the north wall show real women with their personal bags. Three cozy dioramas - "Nothing's More Natural Than Skin," "By Land, Sea or Air" and "A Night on the Town" - feature specialty purses, and a large, whimsical art installation addresses the essence of a woman, her handbag and the contents within. Esse, which grew out of a traveling exhibit selected from owner Anita Davis' extensive collection of bags, is housed in a historic building in an up-and-coming, hip neighborhood, close to other world famous attractions like Central High School (the only school that is a national park) and the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park. More than just a trip down memory lane or history lesson, Esse Purse Museum is a don't-miss experience. Museum hours are 11 a.M. To 4 p.M. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $10, $8 for students (6-18), seniors (60 and up) and military. Children 5 and younger are free. Call for group rates and special tours. less
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Ashley's At the Capital
Ashley's At the Capital
Ranked #1 of 656 restaurants in Little Rock
Price:
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Kiyens
Kiyens
Ranked #2 of 656 restaurants in Little Rock
Price: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Japanese
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations
The Pantry
The Pantry
Ranked #3 of 656 restaurants in Little Rock
Price: $15 - $20
Cuisines: European, German, Czech
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Big Orange
Big Orange
Ranked #4 of 656 restaurants in Little Rock
Cuisines: American, Dessert, Vegetarian, Bar
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night
Whole Hog Cafe & Catering
Whole Hog Cafe & Catering
Ranked #5 of 656 restaurants in Little Rock
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Barbecue
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Value Place Little Rock
2.0 of 5
Value Place Little Rock
$34 - $245
Ranked #32 of 56 hotels in Little Rock
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La Quinta Inn & Suites Little Rock N - McCain Mall
2.5 of 5
La Quinta Inn & Suites Little Rock N - McCain Mall
$68 - $86
Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Sherwood
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Hampton Inn Maumelle
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn Maumelle
$98 - $126
Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in Maumelle
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Wingate by Wyndham Little Rock
2.5 of 5
Wingate by Wyndham Little Rock
$85 - $132
Ranked #2 of 56 hotels in Little Rock
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Rosemont Inn & Cottages
Rosemont Inn & Cottages
$89 - $175
Ranked #3 of 10 Little Rock B&B and Inns
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BEST WESTERN PREMIER Governors Suites
3.0 of 5
BEST WESTERN PREMIER Governors Suites
$90 - $173
Ranked #3 of 56 hotels in Little Rock
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