Little Rock, Arkansas

The biggest historical attraction here is named for the city’s most famous former resident. Visit the beautiful Clinton Presidential Center to walk through exhibits about Bill Clinton’s Presidential campaigns and his years in the White House. While downtown, tour the Governor’s Mansion.

During Clinton’s first Presidential campaign, one restaurant received a lot of fanfare: Doe’s Eat Place. Not only is it one of the Clinton family favorites but the landmark is where Clinton gave his famous Rolling Stone cover story interview. Order the steaks or the tamales, which are served with chili or ketchup and saltine crackers (sounds strange; tastes great). Trio’s Restaurant, famous for their strawberry shortcake when Arkansas strawberries are in season, is another Clinton family favorite.

Like many husbands, Bill Clinton often did his holiday shopping on Christmas Eve, and a lot of his purchasing happened in Little Rock’s Heights neighborhood. Highlights included children’s store The Toggery and Mr. Wick’s Gentlemen’s Shop. Schedule a visit to Little Rock Central High School, the first Southern high school to be integrated in 1957 following the Supreme Court ruling in Brown vs. the Board of Education. Finally, if your visit is in late April, take part in the Arkansas Literary Festival.