Day Trip to Little Rock

A short drive from Hot Springs, the capital of Arkansas is a vibrant and exciting city permeating with Southern charm and history. With attractions for children and adults alike and moderate weather throughout the year, Little Rock has plenty to offer everyone making it the perfect day trip. Here is a quick look at all you can do in 24 hours. As always, be sure to use your RTX benefits to book hotel, flight and rental car reservations.

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177004758_litte rockwStart your day in Little Rock with a self-guided tour of the city’s historic sites. Located in the former capital building, the Old State House Museum is a great place to learn about the history of the state and is located across the street from the current Capitol building which resembles the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Next take a drive through the Quapaw Quarter, a 9-square-mile area encompassing the oldest buildings and homes in the city, some of which date back to the early 1800s. Cruise past the Governor’s Mansion on the way to a relaxing walk at the beautiful MacArthur Park to round out the morning.


The William J Clinton Presidential Library within the Clinton Presidential Center & Park is a must see. The impressive looking structure sits on 17 acres overlooking the Arkansas River and downtown and was dedicated in 2004. Housing the largest collection of presidential artifacts in history, the library features interactive exhibits, exact replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room, and other permanent exhibits. See photographs, videos and interactive stations that include a 100-foot-long timeline presenting the day-to-day work of the president and alcoves highlighting domestic and foreign policy achievements. Throughout the year special events and traveling exhibits visit the library and have included the Emancipation Proclamation, White House in Miniature, Peter Max Paints America, and many others. Also located in the center is the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service where each month the school lecture series hosts free public forums featuring distinguished speakers. library hours: Mon – Sat, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun, 1p.m. to 5p.m.


119886965wThe lifeblood of downtown, the River Market District is always bustling with activity. With a variety of art galleries, boutiques, ethnic restaurants, museums and attractions like Riverfront Park and Heifer International Headquarters it is easy to see why. The district is also where you can find the Little Rock Farmers Market and a variety of festivals and live music events throughout the year.


Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Old Mill is located in North Little Rock and was built in 1939. Now a public park, the mill is famous for appearing in the opening scene of the movie, “Gone With The Wind.” A great place to unwind, the park also includes a variety of florals and sculptured concrete work including bridges, benches and baskets sculpted to look like real wood.


For more information on what to do and see contact the Little Rock Visitor Center.
(800) 844-4781
If flying, Hot Springs is accessible via the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, so spending a day in Little Rock during your Hot Springs vacation is more of an extended layover. Be sure to use your RTX membership for low rental car prices. If you plan on driving, Little Rock is only a one hour trip from Hot Springs. Take US-70E to Bentonville, merge onto I-30E then follow the exit signs for downtown Little Rock or the airport.






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