Two-Day Getaway to Little Rock | Midwest Living

Two-Day Getaway to Little Rock

Southern charm thrives in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The Clinton Presidential Center’s bridgelike design symbolically links our nation’s past and future.
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Day 1

Learn about America’s 42nd president through exhibits and memorabilia at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Visitors pick up Arkansas-made goodies in the gift shop of Butler Center Galleries inside the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Across the street, River Market vendors serve up Japanese, Mexican, Middle Eastern and soul food in the Ottenheimer Market Hall.

Unforgettable pictures and films at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site share stories of the 1957 Civil Rights conflict.

Savor entrees like seafood risotto or organic Belle Evans Farm chicken at One Eleven in The Capital Hotel, where marble baths, antique furniture and Italian linens soothe guests (from $215).

Day 2

After breakfast at the hotel, bike the 34-mile Arkansas River Trail loop over the Big Dam Bridge. Or take in the rotating exhibits of Arkansas-made decorative arts at the Historic Arkansas Museum.

Creativity infuses seemingly simple lunch dishes at The Root, and you’ll find small-batch ice cream plus quirky odds and ends across the street at The Green Corner Store and Soda Fountain.

Photographs, recorded interviews and displays explore history through the eyes of African-Americans at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

It’s the butcher in back preparing sandwiches at Hillcrest Artisan Meats.

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