Our City: Little Rock
Situated along the banks of the scenic Arkansas River, Little Rock is a destination on the rise. Renowned for its charming hospitality, history and culture, Arkansas’s capital city continues to garner national and international acclaim for its cultural attractions and museums, great restaurants, and burgeoning artisanal food scene. In 2014, Forbes Travel Guide named Little Rock one of “Five Secret Foodie Cities” in the United States.
Conveniently located in the middle of the U.S. and the center the state, getting to Little Rock is a breeze. Home to the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, Little Rock is served by six airlines offering more than 50 daily flights, and with direct flights to 14 cities, you can reach 334 cities around the world with just one connection. Additionally, the airport is just minutes from downtown. The River Rail Electric Streetcar provides a fun and convenient way to explore and get around the River Market District, offering many stops along the way. In fact, in 2015, Little Rock was ranked among the Top Ten “Best Southern Downtowns” by Southern Business & Development Magazine and among the Top 10 “Best Value Cities for Travel” by Trivago.com.
A city rich in the arts, Little Rock features the Arkansas Arts Center and many outdoor masterpieces, including Riverfront Park’s Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden. And, in November 2016, the Robinson Center will re-open its doors after an extensive $70 million renovation. This historic landmark will continue to be home to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Arkansas and Celebrity Attractions now in a world-class, state-of-the-art performance hall. The new conference center and outdoor terrace will provide stunning Arkansas River views.
Episcopal Collegiate School is located just minutes from Little Rock's bustling River Market and Business District, home to the Arkansas Innovation Hub, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, the Arkansas State Capitol, and Little Rock's finest museums and performing arts.
Over the past decade, Little Rock has undergone a tremendous renewal. Since opening in November 2004, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center has served as a catalyst for the city’s incredible renaissance, and it has raised the city’s profile as a tourist destination. Since then, a bevy of new attractions, hotels, award-winning restaurants and a number of new shopping and entertainment venues have opened throughout the city, and USA Today readers ranked it #3 on their “Most Travel-Worthy State Capitals” in the U.S.
Outdoor enthusiasts are sure to enjoy the Arkansas River Trail, a 17-mile loop connecting downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock via four pedestrian and bike-intended bridges, including the Big Dam Bridge, North America’s longest pedestrian and bike-intended bridge. The city’s beautiful River Lights in the Rock LED-illuminated downtown bridges are also located along the trail, and each night, put on nightly light shows that illuminate the city with dazzling colors that reflect across the water and magnify the trail’s beauty. Known as The Natural State, central Arkansas’s landscape is stunning, and provides visitors and meeting attendees with lots of great exploration opportunities, whether walking, running, renting a bike, or taking a guided bike or Segway tour. These incredible outdoor amenities were part of the reason that the Little Rock received an Editor’s Choice mention in Outside magazine’s “Best Towns of 2013.”
Little Rock really does have something for everyone. It’s a place that Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked #1 of its 2013 "America's 10 Great Places to Live.” Discover the pleasant surprise of Little Rock and see why locals say, “Life is Better with a Southern Accent.”