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Exploring Little Rock + Area Travel Tips

There is just something about road trips that brings excitement. The open road. The adventure. The discovery of something new, I love it all!

Recently I took a trip to Little Rock to watch my boyfriend run his 15th marathon. On the way there I had a crazy question that I seriously never thought of before. Why is Arkansas not pronounced the same as Kansas? I may be way late in the game, but has anyone else ever asked themselves this? If so, I did a little research and here’s what I found.


Okay, now back to our trip!

We took advantage of the amazing weather the day before his 26.2 mile run to explore a city we’d never been in before. The downtown area was very clean and had tons of restaurants within walking distance of each other. The River Market on the waterfront reminded me of Charlotte’s 7th Street Market. We had dinner the first night at Bruno’s Little Italy and the second at Copper Grill. There was even a pitstop for a beer tasting at Blue Canoe Brewing. Outside of the quaint downtown area though, there was so much else to see and do.

 These are the steps of Central High School, a place that played a prominent role in the desegragation of public schools in the 1950’s

I’m not a very fashion conscious person (as you can tell by my outfit here), but if you’re into it, Little Rock is home of the Esse Purse Museum. This was right around the corner from our lunch spot which you’ll find below.

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The Root Cafe was a great lunch spot. They have a great outdoor area and focuses on one of my favorite things… local food!! I ordered a drink there, the sparkling lavender lemonade, which I’m planning on trying to recreate for a future blog post, so stay tuned!


Gone with the Wind lovers… here is the Old Mill you see in the opening scene of the classic film. It’s believed to be the only remaining building from the movie. IMG_3515


Just because we were there for a marathon doesn’t mean we couldn’t enjoy a special treat. We picked up some milkshakes from the Purple Cow.
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Post marathon lattes at Nexus Coffee were the perfect way to end our trip before we headed off for a night in Memphis (that blog coming soon)! I ordered a matcha latte of course, sweetened with honey. IMG_3510


5:30am wakeup calls had nothing on this guy. He finished his run with a smile and I couldn’t have been more proud. He inspires me every day to push myself. Snapseed (17)

A few tips

  • North Little Rock is just a few miles over the river. Hotels are a little cheaper and it took us less than 10 minutes to get into downtown.
  • There seemed to be plenty of sidestreet parking downtown and it was free after 6
  • Most of the sightseeing we did was pretty close in proximitiy so if you are making a quick trip like us, map it out and you can do a lot in a day.
  • Check schedules before you go. With it being the south, there were quite a few things closed on Sundays
  • Little Rock has 2 trolley routes you can take to get around the area. The blue line crosses the river into North Little Rock. The Green Line stays downtown. The green line doesn’t run on Sundays.
  • There are plenty of FREE activities in the area including Old Mill, Central High Visitor Center and MacArthur Museum of Military History that we visited.

Stay tuned for my next trip recap…. Memphis!

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