Little Rock has quite the storied history, which makes perfect sense when taking into account many tourists travel to the city for exactly that — the history. From the Civil War and Civil Rights to pioneer days and President Clinton, visitors love to relive the past at the following places, our most popular travel sites.*

1. Little Rock Central High School

The history: One of the most emotional and thought-provoking experiences in the city is had at Little Rock Central High School. The facility is still a fully functioning high school, where 60 years ago, the famous Little Rock Nine walked through the doors. They were the first African-Americans to attend the previously all-white high school and helped propel the civil rights movement throughout the South.

Best way to experience: Ranger-led tour

Plan your visit: Reservations are required for the two daily tours (501-374-1957), held when school is in session. Budget time to explore the visitors center and watch the compelling video presentation.

Admission: Free

Plan to spend: 2.5 hours

When you can tour: 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekdays, when school is in session; summer tours also available

+ PRO TIP: Bring your walking shoes. The tour of the grounds and the school will involve ascending and descending three flights of stairs along with a half mile of walking.


2. William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum

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The history: The Clinton library serves as a museum and archive of the Hope native’s two terms as the 42nd president of the United States. Opened in 2004, the library has since drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city. The main museum tells the story of the Clinton Presidency from the campaign to policy accomplishments he made. The museum also houses over 100,000 items given to President Clinton during his presidency from foreign heads of state and beyond.

Best way to experience: Self-guided tour

Plan your visit: While it’s best experienced at your own pace, the library offers guided tours at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and at 1:30 p.m. on Sundays. The daily tours are free with paid admission and reservations are not required.

Time to spend: 2-3 hours

Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens, college students and retired military; $6 for youth

When you can tour: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday

+ PRO TIP: You can get your picture snapped while sitting at an exact replica of President Clinton’s Oval Office


3. Arkansas State Capitol Building

The history: Construction began on the capitol in 1899 and was completed in 1915. The most striking details on the building are the 10-foot-tall entrance doors made of bronze that were purchased from Tiffany’s in New York for $10,000.

Best way to experience: Guided tour

Plan your visit: Free tours are offered weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. However, you can pick up your free copy of “Through These Doors,” a self-guided tour brochure, at the visitor center on the first floor to explore for yourself.

Time to spend: Half an hour

Admission: Free

When you can tour: You can explore the grounds anytime and can go inside the capitol from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

+ PRO TIP: The Capitol is best experienced on a sunny day, so you can take a walk around the grounds before heading inside for a closer look.


4. Old State House Museum

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The history: It’s the original state capitol of Arkansas. Since 1833, the grounds have witnessed many of the most important events in Arkansas history, such as hosting the admission of Arkansas to the Union (and later its seceding into the Confederacy), two acceptance speeches by the president of the United States, and even pioneering medical research into malaria.

Best way to experience: Guided tour

Plan your visit: Hourly guided tours are 50-minutes long and are offered every hour on the hour during museum hours, daily. The last tour begins at 4 p.m.

Time to spend: 1 hour

Admission: Free

When you can tour: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday

+ FUN FACT: The Old State House was the site of a fatal Bowie knife fight between two sitting legislators.


5. Mount Holly Cemetery

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The history: The cemetery, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been dubbed the “Westminster Abbey of Arkansas.” This is because of the number of famous Arkansas residents laid to rest at the cemetery, including 11 state Governors, 14 Supreme Court Justices, five Confederate Generals and more.

Best way to experience: Self-guided tour

Plan your visit: For Mount Holly’s self-guided walking tour, you’ll want to grab a visitor brochure at the Bell House, located on the premises. Guided tours are also available, but reservations are required (501-376-1843) and cost $5 per person.

Time to spend: Half an hour

Admission: Free

When you can tour: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily

+ PRO TIP: Locate the earliest birth date recorded in stone at Mount Holly. Hint: It’s that of Peter LeFevre, born in Canada in 1750.


*Attraction rankings determined via TripAdvisor.com.