Ask a local or even a visitor who’s been in Little Rock for more than ten minutes and they’ll tell you that Little Rock is a spectacular city full of stunning, photo-worthy sights. We did a little scrolling through Instagram and rounded up some of our most Instagrammable landmarks.
It makes sense that the largest park in Little Rock is on this list. On any given afternoon, you’re likely to find a small army of hikers making their way up either of the mountain’s two summit trails. No matter what path you take to the top, it’s always worth it to stop for a selfie on Central Arkansas’s tallest mountain.
Whether it’s lit in all its nightly technicolor glory or in the bright sunlight of a fall afternoon, the Junction Bridge is one of Little Rock’s most iconic landmarks. The bridge stands on the site of the original little rock that gave the city its name and makes for a stunning photo in day or night. (Don’t worry, the original little rock is still nearby in La Petite Roche Plaza.)
As the holidays draw near, there’s no more picture-perfect destination than The Capital Hotel. The hotel opened in 1876 and has been serving as the front porch of Little Rock ever since. Dinner at either of the hotel’s two restaurant, the ultra-elegant One Eleven or the boisterous Capital Bar and Grill, is a Little Rock holiday hallmark, and that towering Christmas tree in the lobby … well, who wouldn’t want a photo with that?
While a traditional Korean gate may seem out of place for downtown Little Rock, its purpose is clear once you know the story of H. U. Lee. The founder of the ATA Martial Arts (formally known as the American Taekwondo Association), Lee moved its headquarter to Little Rock in 1977. The gate and the garden were built in honor of his global impact on the sport of taekwondo and it still plays host to the sport’s grand master ceremony each year. Taekwondo practitioners come from all over the world to take a photo in front of the gate’s giant red doors.
Who knew Little Rock had so many murals? Well, a lot of people, it turns out! Take a stroll by any of downtown’s many murals and you’re bound to see someone engaged in a mini photoshoot. From colorful koi fish, abstract wonders, and larger-than-life toys, there’s a mural to suite any mood with new ones being painted all the time.
Count Pulaski Way
If you’ve ever walked through downtown Little Rock’s River Market, you’ve likely passed Count Pulaski Way without even knowing it. This alleyway between the Kilwins sweet shop and the Butler Center Art Gallery may seem unassuming, but at night, when its bistro lights illuminate, it becomes the perfect spot to take a photo with your friends. Its location on the edge of the River Market Entertainment District makes it easy to stop by for a selfie as you make your way from bar to bar.
MacArthur Park Barrel Bridge
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Another seemingly out-of-the-way landmark, the barrel bridge of MacArthur Park has quietly become one of Little Rock’s most photographed places. The picturesque bridge ads a modern and industrial look to photos. It can be accessed from either side of Interstate 630, from Bragg Street in the Pettaway neighborhood to the south or from historic MacArthur park to the north (you’ll find it just past the entrance to the dog park).
After you get that perfect shot on the MacArthur Park Barrel Bridge don’t forget to check out all MacArthur Park has to offer. Take a look at our favorite park features here.