Kings and Presidents
Settle into the center of the state
Arrive in Little Rock and check into one of Little Rock’s great group-friendly hotels. Then, depart the hotel for an evening of dining and entertainment.
Bill Clinton’s Little Rock
Depart your hotel for a guided tour of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park – located in the heart of the River Market District in downtown Little Rock. The Clinton Center, an award-winning, environmentally-friendly building features 20,000 square feet of exhibit space and houses the largest presidential archive in history. A guided tour is recommended for groups of 20 or more. Entry fee is only $5 per person and docents are free. Tours take about an hour and a half. Call 501-370-5050 to schedule your group.
Clinton Museum Store – Located just west of the center is the official store and is as unique as the man it honors. Browse President Clinton’s favorite books, games, music, and sports-related items. Pick up collectibles, historical artifacts and great souvenirs. Take free time to enjoy lunch in the River Market District – once a row of abandoned warehouses, the district is now Little Rock’s hottest, hippest entertainment headquarters. Dine in any number of restaurants or grab a bite to eat from vendors inside the Market Hall. Stop by art galleries or specialty shops, and don’t forget to visit Shop the Rock to find that perfect Little Rock souvenir.
Meet your friendly, local step-on guide in the River Market for a guided tour of President Clinton’s Little Rock. The Clintons moved to Little Rock in 1976, when Bill became attorney general, putting him in statewide office at age 30. In 1979, he was elected as the youngest ever Arkansas Governor at age 32. Clinton served in the Arkansas State Capitol at Woodland and Capitol Avenue from 1979 to 1981 and again from 1983 to 1992. A replica of the nation’s capitol, built between 1899 and 1915, features six solid bronze doors purchased from Tiffany’s of New York. The top of the dome is 230 feet above the surrounding ground and the lantern roof is covered in 18-karat gold leaf. No visit to Bill Clinton’s Little Rock is complete without seeing the Clinton- Gore campaign headquarters located in the historic 1908 Arkansas Gazette building. It served as Clinton’s campaign headquarters during the 1992 presidential election. The Old State House is another building not to be missed on your tour – this is the place where Clinton announced his bid for the presidency in 1991. He later delivered both his acceptance speeches on the front lawn in 1992 and 1996. The Old State House was built from 1833 to 1842 and served as Arkansas’s first state capitol. Now a museum of Arkansas history, it houses an exhibit honoring President Clinton titled "From the State House to the White House." These are but a sampling of the places you will explore on your guided city tour of Bill Clinton’s Little Rock. Contact Little Rock Tours at 501-868-7287 or Destination Arkansas at 501-603-0113 to schedule a tour guide.
Return to hotel for some rest and relaxation before dinner. Tonight, eat at any number of President Clinton’s favorite spots or pick from more than 500 restaurants featuring everything from continental cuisine to down-home southern fare. Little Rock has a restaurant that is sure to please everyone in your group.
An Audience with the King
Depart for Memphis, Tennesee – home of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock n’ Roll. Experience the excitement of Beale Street entertainment district, tour Sun Studios, Memphis Rock’n’Soul Museum – and, of course Graceland. For a complete itinerary contact the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau: 901-543-5337