Welcome to Little Rock, the capital and most populous city of Arkansas. Little Rock is surrounded by natural beauty at every turn and travelers can expect big city attractions with a home town feel. The city offers beautiful scenery, museums, cultural events and a wide variety of gourmet dining. A 20-minute drive will take you to any location in Little Rock and all Arkansas attractions are within a two-three hour drive from Little Rock.
It is no accident that Arkansas is called “The Natural State.” Little Rock is surrounded by state and national parks that are all within easy driving distance to enjoy. We have something for everyone from waterfalls and caverns to mountain trails and scenic drives. The beautiful lakes, clear streams and fall foliage in Arkansas will take your breath away. You will also want to visit our many fascinating historical sites and spectacular golf courses. Travelers can expect friendly, welcoming residents from the moment they cross into the state’s borders.
We hope that you enjoy our city during your visit. Please see the links below for more information on what Little Rock has to offer.
The name Arkansas is from the Sioux Indian (Quapaw) word “acansa” meaning “downstream place” or south wind. Little Rock is the capital city of the state of Arkansas in the United States of America and is located near the center of the state and on the south bank of the Arkansas River. Also located near the geographical center of the United States, Little Rock, as well as Arkansas, is in the center of what is commonly referred to as the Sunbelt.
The city received its name from the French explorer, Benard de LaHarpe, who in 1772 sailed up the Arkansas River and upon sighting the first rock bluff since leaving the Mississippi River, called it “La Petite Roche,” the Little Rock. The city’s namesake, “La Petite Roche,” is located at the north end of Rock Street overlooking the river and is part of the 16-acre Breckling Riverfront Park.
The current population is 187,452 in the Little Rock city limits; 850,561 in the Greater Little Rock Metropolitan area.
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