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If you have just two days to see Little Rock, you’ll have plenty of time to soak in some history and fun around town. Here’s an itinerary that highlights the best of what you’ll find in The Rock:
Start off your day with breakfast at Ashley’s. This fine dining establishment in the Capital Hotel serves up a unique and particularly Arkansawyer breakfast that you won’t find anywhere else in the state.
Hop on the River Rail Trolley to get around the city. Take that trolley over to the Clinton Presidential Center and visit the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. If you’re a fan of the 42nd president, you’ll really enjoy visiting the center and library, and you’ll probably want to carve out at least an hour or two for your visit here. Plus, it offers beautiful views of the city that you won’t want to miss.
Have lunch at the Oppenheimer Hall at the Little Rock River Market. You’ll find anything you want to eat there — from great Cajun cooking at FatSam’s Louisiana Kitchen to fine deli meats at Mason’s Deli.
From there, head to the Old Statehouse Museum. The big white edifice was once the center of government for the state; today it houses artifacts from 175 years of Arkansas history. The building itself is just a beautiful sight to take in.
Head next door to The Peabody Little Rock for the evening Duck Walk. Duck Master Lloyd will usher the famed Peabody Ducks from the hotel’s fountain and escort them back to their Duck Condo. Watch these ducks strut their stuff — which is something unique to the The Peabody hotels.
Spend your evening in the River Market. You can catch the state’s best burger at Capital Bar and Grill first. From there, delve into the night scene, stopping at Proust for some sausage and brew before heading over to Flying Saucer or Willie D’s.
The next day, head out to west Little Rock for breakfast at B-Side. The smoked Gouda grits are not to be missed.
From there, go take a hike and climb Pinnacle Mountain. The tallest peak in Central Arkansas, the state has put a park there, making climbing easy and accessible to all. After your climb, it’s off to the Heights for shopping and recreation. You’ll find what’s going to become your niece or nephew’s coolest toy ever at the Heights Toy Center.
Catch lunch at hometown secret OW Pizza across from the State Capitol for big two-handed calzones and the best meatballs in the state.
Rent a bike and head out along the River Trail to the Big Dam Bridge and the Two Rivers Bridge. The Big Dam Bridge is the longest pedestrian-intended bridge ever constructed, taking riders and walkers across the Arkansas River over Murray Lock and Dam. The Two Rivers Bridge sits a short ways upriver, crossing the Little Maumelle River and taking pedestrians across to the far end of Maumelle Park.