Philanthropy and Legends
Arrive in Arkansas's beautiful state capital Little Rock
After checking into your hotel, spend your first evening on your own enjoying the restaurants and nightlife of the River Market District
. Located in the heart of downtown Little Rock, the River Market District, by day offers a market hall with an exciting mix of food vendors that will entice your senses and fit any taste buds. You can also shop for fresh fruits and veggies, visit several art galleries and souvenir stores, dine at a variety of restaurants, take a trolley ride or stroll through the park, take in multiple pieces of public sculpture, experience several museums and attractions, or enjoy the incredible view of the river. Looking for a night out on the town? The downtown area is the best place to find live entertainment and local music. Offering entertainment from acoustic, techno, alternative, piano bars, rock, jazz, classical and country Little Rock loves music and has it all. If a lively, high-energy atmosphere is what you are looking for, the district's plentiful bars and pubs offer a night on the town youll never forget!
Green living and a sustainable future
Start your day with a full breakfast buffet 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 LEED building and experience an interpretive tour of the Village; you'll experience how Heifer International provides sustainable solutions to global hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation. Just walk next door to Heifer's like-minded neighbor, The William J. Clinton Presidential Library
, for a peek at an exact replica of the Oval Office along with a guided tour and lunch at Forty Two
. All aboard the green shuttle for some shopping at the Clinton Museum Store
, Shop the Rock
and the River Market District. After taking a little free time to enjoy downtown Little Rock, prepare yourself for dining and a Broadway show.
Philanthropy at Its Finest
After breakfast, travel to Heifer Learning Center and Ranch
and experience life in a third world country. At the Ranch learn to feed your mind, take action, and how to end world hunger. This working farm and ranch includes more than 15 species of exotic and domestic farm animals. It also allows visitors to learn about world issues while gaining a better understanding of how their choices affect the world.
Following your visit to Heifer you will travel to Petit Jean State Park
, which is Arkansas's first state park, located atop Petit Jean Mountain on the Arkansas River
in the area between the Ozark and Ouachita mountain ranges. Spectacular views from the mountain, the beauty of Cedar Creek Canyon and a magnificent 95-foot waterfall make this state park a favorite destination for hikers and campers. The park has three National Historic Districts
and more than 80 buildings, structures, trails, and bridges. While on the mountain you can also visit the Museum of Automobiles.
Located near the park is the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
. The late Winthrop Rockefeller was a two-term governor of Arkansas and generous philanthropist to the state. His legacy is one of innovation and public policy with an emphasis in arts and education. His vision can be seen today on the land he once farmed atop Petit Jean Mountain. Enjoy a tour of the Institute and Pictorial Museum where you will learn of Governor Rockefeller's contributions to sustainable living in Arkansas. For a culinary delight enjoy some Arkansas delicacies straight from the gardens of the Institute at the River Rock Grill and spend a night in one of the many retreat housing options at the Institute.
A Place called Hope: Birthplace and early Boyhood Home
After an early breakfast head south to A Place called Hope and tour President Clinton's birthplace and first home Museum with extensive photographic exhibits about his early childhood. The next stop is the Hope Visitors Center
housed in a 1912 train depot which displays artifacts and photos showcasing President Clinton's life. After lunch at the Whistle Stop Cafe
, continue north on I-30 to Arkansass very own Hot Springs and tour Garvan Woodland Gardens
designed by the University of Arkansas, School of Architecture. Next, travel to the heart of Hot Springs' Bathhouse Row and perhaps even a tour of the infamous Gangster Museum.