If you have access to a car,...
If you have access to a car, get on highway 10 (Cantrell Rd.) and head west out of town. You can drive all the way out seeing scenic shots of Lake Maumelle. Carefully hidden off of the highway are several picnic areas with beautiful views of the lake.
Visit Little Rock's Central...
Visit Little Rock's Central High School at 1500 S. Park St. Recently voted by Congress to the National Registry, this beautiful and historic landmark was the site of the 1957 intergration conflict wherein then Gov. Orval Faubas called out the national guard to oversee the entrance of black students to a then all white high school. Central High, where I was once a student, I am now a teacher.
Central High School Museum, located just across the street, chronicles the history of the school.
~ Little Rock, Arkansas ~
Surprise city of the South
To people who have never been to Arkansas, the name “Little Rock” probably does not conjure images of a bustling modern metropolis. After all, the name itself sounds quite modest. Furthermore, Little Rock is the capital of one of the most unfairly stereotyped rural states in the South. Nevertheless, the only city in Arkansas with a population of more than 100,000 people seems to have a lot going for it these days. While I have not had the opportunity to explore the city as a destination, I have been through Little Rock and neighboring North Little Rock multiple times, and, for what it’s worth, I like what I have seen. Visually more attractive than the comparable capital cities of neighboring Mississippi and Louisiana, Little Rock boasts a gleaming riverfront skyline of glassy modern skyscrapers rising from behind an old steel bridge.
Crossroads of Arkansas
Located in the center of Arkansas, Little Rock also sits near the juncture of two important interstates and two very different Arkansas landscapes. North Little Rock, located right across the river from downtown, serves as a front door to the city, and is the actual point of juncture for interstates 40 and 30. Travelers heading toward the city from the northwest will get to enjoy the most scenic region of the state, as Interstate 40 swings through green mountains that connect with Missouri’s Ozarks on its way from Oklahoma City and the border city of Van Buren. Like a drive through Little Rock itself, this corridor has visual appeal – albeit of a more natural persuasion. For travelers heading in on I-40 from Memphis and the border city of West Memphis, the route is relatively flat, sliding past acres and acres of farmlands in the state’s sparsely populated agricultural region. After a slight jog south through the heart of downtown, travelers can also head southwest on Interstate 30 toward Prescott, Hope, and Texarkana, across a hilly terrain that eventually gives way to the Texas prairie. Travelers heading for locations in the southeastern Arkansas back roads can also take Interstate 530, a spur route that connects the capital to Pine Bluff. I have traveled on each of these routes over the years, making the Little Rock-North Little Rock area an important crossroads for me.
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