The epicenter of nature-rich Arkansas, Little Rock hasn't always been the South's sexiest city, but refurbished attractions like the River Market District and fascinating historical draws from the American Civil Rights Movement make the Arkansas capital an enlightening stopover.
Little Rock's emerging downtown district is home to the William J. Clinton Presidential Center – a must for political buffs. It’s part of the revamped-to-the-tune-of $780 million entertainment, food, bar and shopping complex known as the River Market District. The excellent Museum of Discovery is also here.
For hipper digs, head to the neighborhood of Hillcrest, four miles west, where trendy gastropubs, funky shops and barista-driven coffeehouses cater to the historic neighborhood's calm, cool and collected residents. Further northwest, you'll find the Big Dam Bridge, the largest purpose-built bridge for pedestrians and cyclists in the US, an ode to the state's love for outdoor recreation. Don't miss the fascinating Little Rock Central High School, of epic importance in the American Civil Rights Movement and Little Rock's most riveting attraction.