History in Little Rock

History in Little Rock

Day 1 
History Brought to Life

Arrive in Little Rock, check into your hotel, and begin your tour at the Historic Arkansas Museum where history comes to life with characters in period costume. See Arkansas as a Territory featuring Little Rocks oldest buildings and a replica of Arkansas's first printing press. Next, see the First Ladies Gowns and the original 1836 House of Representatives Chamber at the Old State House. Then time for lunch in a restaurant with a notorious past, and then moving on to the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. Birthplace of General Douglas MacArthur. This National Historic Landmark was built in 1840 to protect Arkansans from Indian attack and played a role in the Civil War. End the day with a guided tour of the Arkansas State Capitol, a scaled-down version of our nations capitol. Now, take a little time to rest before a delightful dinner and an evening fun with Dr. Jon Taylor and the Comedy Hyp Show. After this evening of family-oriented humor, return to your hotel and enjoy some quiet time dreaming of tomorrows adventures.

 Day 2
 Vintage Homes and Gardens

After a delicious breakfast, begin with a tour of Curran Hall and a leisurely stroll through the award-winning Marjem Ward Jackson Gardens.  Next, your step-on-guide will arrive to lead you on a driving tour of the Historic Quapaw Quarters where you will get a glimpse of the Ville Marre seen in the opening credits of Designing Women, The Old Mill featured in the opening credits of Gone With the Wind and the Arkansas Governors Mansion where Arkansas First Family resides and the gardens are spectacular. Private tours of the Governors Mansion are available with reservations. Just after noon, arrive at Hornibrook Mansion, a vintage 1888 Victorian Home described by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as Queen Anne on Steroids. Tour this magnificent property then have lunch in this B&B now known as The Empress of Little Rock.  Continue on the garden path to Hot Springs Garvan Woodland Gardens - 210 acres of botanical gardens designed by the University of Arkansas School of Architecture. Return to your hotel and dress for an evening of dining, entertainment, and southern charm at its finest.  Owner David P. Garner, Jr. will greet your group and lead you on a tour of his magnificent home, Marlsgate Plantation. Now its time for sweet dreams of the evenings grandeur.

 Day 3
 Historic Pathways

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then take a ride on the River Rail Electric Trolley for a narrated tour of historic downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock. Arrive at The William J Clinton Presidential Center for a peek at an exact replica of the Oval Office along with a guided tour of this Presidential Library. Have lunch on your own in the River Market District and dont forget to Shop the Rock for your Little Rock souvenirs and check out the Clinton Museum Store. After lunch and shopping, learn about African-American Commerce from around the turn-of-the-century at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center before visiting Little Rock Central High and the Central High Visitors Center. Here you can learn of the experiences of the Little Rock Nine from the desegregation crisis of 1957 to the 50th anniversary of integration. Return to your hotel for a short rest before an evening of dining and entertainment on the Arkansas Queen or a Broadway show and dinner at Murrys Dinner Playhouse.  

 Day 4
 Philanthropy and Legends

Start your day with a full breakfast before heading to the Heifer International Headquarters and Education Village for a look at philanthropy and sustainability in action. Tour one of the finest examples of a Platinum LEEDS building and experience an interpretive tour of the Village.  Now its time to board the motorcoach and head for the hills: First stop  Heifer Ranch.  At the Ranch enjoy a box lunch, a film and a hayride. Here you will learn how Heifer International is practicing sustainability and working toward ending world hunger. Next stop  Petit Jean Outlook Point for an extraordinary photo opportunity and then its on to visit the Museum of Automobiles. Next, arrive at a very unique destination, the place Winthrop Rockefeller called home  The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. Enjoy a film in the theater and a tour of the pictorial museum documenting Governor Rockefellers life and contributions to sustainable living in Arkansas. Top off the evening by enjoying some Arkansas delicacies prepared with fresh herbs and vegetables straight from the Institutes gardens at the River Rock Grill. Return to your hotel and prepare for your next destination.