1. How Breathtakingly Gorgeous The Sunset Is From The Top Of Pinnacle Mountain
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Little Rockers know that there’s something about watching the sun go down while at the top of Pinnacle Mountain that can’t be rivaled anywhere else. The nearby state park offers a serene setting in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains with gorgeous views. It’s a favorite local stop and nothing nearby is quite as scenic.
2. Those Cool Yellow Trolleys Are Only For Tourists
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The historic vintage-looking yellow trolleys that roam the Little Rock streets aren’t just for show. They cart plenty of people around each day and are an iconic part of the city.
But, as neat as the vehicles may look, people who live there definitely don’t rely on them as their main method of transportation. They leave the fawning over the trolleys for the tourists as they excite over taking the hip and cool way to get around town, “just like the locals” (as untrue as that actually is). In reality Little Rockers prefer to stick to their cars.
3. There’s More To Little Rock BBQ Than The Whole Hog Café
Source: Facebook user Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que of America, Inc.
When it comes to Little Rock BBQ, the Whole Hog Café seems to get all the attention, and for good reason. They have mouthwatering ribs, a variety of sauces and coleslaw to die for. But the city also has so much more to offer in the way of BBQ.
Locals know that who has the best Little Rock BBQ can be a hotly debated topic, with people arguing for their favorites, whether it be Sim’s BBQ or Lindsey’s Hospitality House & Barbecue. But they’re so many great places to stop for a plate of their favorite sauce-slathered food that they also realize it’s impossible to go wrong.
4. Having Every Other Spot In The City Named After Bill Clinton
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It’s a widely known fact that the 42nd president of the US hails from Little Rock. But only Little Rockers can truly understand what it’s like to share the same home as Bill Clinton, having plenty of popular spots in the city named after him.
When you want to check out a book you don’t just stop by any library, you take a trip to the William J Clinton Presidential Library, located in the William J Clinton Presidential Center. Want to go to the park? You can play around the Clinton Presidential Park and, while you’re in the area, can cross the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge. And, if you ever want to leave the city by plane, you go through the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. Get the picture?
5. Little Rockers Know What The Phrase “Cheese Dog” Really Means
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Everyone knows that hot dogs and cheese make a seriously delicious combination. But nobody knows what a cheese dog really is like someone from Little Rock. The city is the birthplace of the popular cheese dog, a hot dog filled with, you guessed it, cheese.
It’s also the home to the less popular chili dog, aka a frankfurter with a small amount of chili inserted inside. But, in that case, Little Rockers also know that it’s a much better choice to stick with the typical heaping amount of chili on top of a dog
. Little Rock’s chili dog creation didn’t fare so well.
6. If You Say There’s Nothing To Do In Little Rock, You Obviously Haven’t Been To The River Market
Source: Facebook user Little Rock River Market
Little Rock residents flock to the River Market for a hopping downtown scene with endless amounts of things to do. The spot easily proves that, when outsiders think Little Rock has nothing to offer, they couldn’t be more wrong.
People stop by the unofficial cultural center to see local artists and talented performers. Or when they’re hungry, it’s a prime spot to find fantastic food with endless numbers of cuisines. There’s a farmers market for fresh local produce and shops and boutiques to suit the needs of the local shopaholics. It’s the perfect cure for any Little Rock boredom.
7. Little Rocks Know How Great It Is To Be Called The Second Home Of The Razorbacks
Source: Facebook user Arkansas Razorbacks
While the Razorbacks are loved throughout the entire state, Little Rock gets the special privilege of hosting some of their games. Sure, Little Rockers may sometimes be jealous of those in Fayetteville, who get to boast about being the Razorback’s official home. But no Hog fan would take the honor to have the favored football team play in their home-city lightly.
8. What Geocaches Are (And Actually Using Them)
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Whether they love it, hate it or don’t really care, everyone in Little Rock knows what geocaching is. Although it may not be a widely known fact, the activity is a huge part of the city. There are countless geocaches hidden around the area and many people can’t resist hunting them down.
When locals see somewhere wandering about wielding a GPS around like nobody’s business, they know what they’re doing.
9. The Best Way To See The Town Is By The Arkansas River Trail
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In Little Rock, people know that you shouldn’t hop in your car and take to the roads to see the town – it’s much better to use the Arkansas River Trail. The long 88 mile loop runs through other parts of the state, but features both Little Rock and North Little Rock.
By jumping on a bike and pedaling through town or simply taking a stroll, you can see so much of the area. The trail winds through the entire city, connecting 38 parks and 6 museums. It’s definitely not just for active outdoor lovers who love to jog and bike around, but a prime way to discover all that Little Rock has to offer.
10. Little Rock Is The Country’s Best Kept Secret, And Locals Want It To Stay That Way
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Shhh, don’t tell anyone. Little Rock has been featured on several lists for the best places to live in America, including the number one spot on Kiplinger’s list of 10 Great Places to Live. Locals have known how fantastic the city is for years, but they don’t want the secret to get out. Little Rock is a hidden gem and people want to keep it all to themselves.
Did we miss anything? Tell us what’s unique about Little Rock in the comments below!