Presidential Historical Sites:  Visiting The Clinton Library And Museum

Presidential Historical Sites: Visiting The Clinton Library And Museum

This is one in a series of profiles on historic sites dedicated to U.S.Presidents.  Today let’s take a look at the Clinton Library And Museumin Little Rock, Arkansas.  We’ll share a few insider recommendations for the area too …

Overview Of The Clinton Library And Museum

After President Clinton left office, plans for an official library and museum were put on the fast track.  Little Rock was chosen as the location and the facility opened in 2004.  While there are numerous presidential libraries, this is the largest.   It is situated along the banks of the Arkansas River in the bustling River Market district, with a great view of the nearby Little Rock skyline.  The official title of the complex is the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, and it is open to visitors seven days a week.

The Center houses not only a museum and library, but ample exhibition and meeting space.  It has become one of Little Rock’s premier destinations for festivals, performances, lectures, and other gatherings.

Specific to the presidency, there are continually changing exhibits dedicated not only to Mr. Clinton but the presidency in general.  Of note is the full scale replica of the Oval Office, giving visitors a chance to experience the presidential command center up close and personal.

You will also find a full service restaurant on the premises, aptly named 42, the number of Clinton’s presidency.  It is open for lunch daily and brunch on Sundays and has garnered excellent reviews for its location, service, and view of the Arkansas River.  Of course, there is also a museum store where you can peruse all sorts of books, DVD’s, apparel, and more.

Exploring Little Rock:  What To See And Where To Eat

Little Rock itself is quite an underrated city.  The capital of Arkansas, it is within a one day drive of Arkansas wine country, the famed resort area of Hot Springs, and Memphis, Tennessee.  Towering bluffs hug the river, creating a natural scenic beauty you don’t find in many cities.

The city is known for its local cuisine, particularly barbecue and catfish restaurants.  You can spend a month here and try a different barbecue restaurant every day!  The style is distinctly Little Rock, with a blending of Memphis barbecue traits, along with those from Texas to the south and Kansas City to the north.  Several barbecue festivals are held each year with hundreds of area pit masters vying for best in show.

For outdoor enthusiasts, there are numerous parks and generous green spaces for running, hiking, or just taking a stroll.  One great place to get some exercise in Little Rock is the Big Dam Bridge, the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.

For shopping and nightlife, there is a lively, energetic downtown area along with a few unique neighborhoods that are filled with restaurants, specialty shops, and late evening options.  Midtown, The Heights, and Hillcrest are three neighborhoods in particular you’ll want to explore.

The Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock is just one of many presidential historic sites to explore around the United States.  To learn about all the others and to get destination tips and recommendations, visit us today at:

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