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Little Rock Central High School was designated as a national historic site in 1998. It is the first historic site of its kind (a working school) and is symbolic of the nation's Civil Rights movement. The school was designed in Art Deco and Collegiate Gothic architectural styles on a campus that is two city blocks in size. Widely publicized when it opened, it has been praised by institutions such as the American Institute of Architects and the New York Times. There is a visitor center across the street from it that is open to tourists since the school is still operational.
Up until 1954, public schools in Little Rock had been segregated, but a Supreme Court decision made this illegal; the Little Rock School Board agreed to comply with the court's decision, but it wasn't until 1957 that the first African-American students were admitted to the school. The first nine students to attend Central High are now referred to as the “Little Rock Nine” and are considered by many to be heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. Today, the school represents the advances that have been made as it continues to educate students and the public about civil rights issues.
The visitor center is open daily during regular business hours but may be closed on some national holidays (you can call ahead to confirm the center's schedule). You can take a guided tour of the high school, but you will need to arrange the tour in advance; on select weekdays, ranger-led tours are conducted inside the school. On weekends, some tours will show you the surrounding area only (the inside of the school is closed on weekends). Parking your Little Rock RV rental at the visitor center is an option and will put you within walking distance of Little Rock Central High.
While you're in Little Rock, MacArthur Park is only a short distance away. This scenic outdoor area was the city's first public park, and today is still a popular destination with local citizens and guests. Several museums are located within the park, such as the Arkansas Arts Center, the Firehouse Hostel & Museum (a museum and the city's very first hostel), and the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. You'll also find a multi-purpose court where you can enjoy a variety of sports or sit back and watch. The park is home to a bicycle polo club (polo without the horses), and all of the courts are first-come, first-serve. Renting an RV near Little Rock will give you access to the town's parks and other attractions.
Several more urban parks can be found along the Arkansas River; camp in an RV near Little Rock Central High, and you can take a scenic drive through one of them, Burns Park, as well as hike the park trails in case you need to stretch your legs.
RV rentals in Pulaski County guarantee that your experience visiting the LRCHS National Historic Site will be comfortable. There aren't any RV campgrounds on the historic site, but there are a few nearby. Consider staying at Little Rock North / Jct. I-40 KOA, a pleasant campground with tree foliage providing shade and refuge from outside noise. Its amenities include a fitness center, sauna and hot tub, a seasonal swimming pool, bike rentals, and a snack bar with ice cream. From the campground, you can enter the Arkansas River trail in case you feel like getting some hiking in.
If being closer to the historic site and other Little Rock attractions is most important to you, consider parking your motorhome rental at Downtown Riverside RV Park, located right along the Arkansas River. This unique Little Rock campground is only steps away from dining, nightlife, and anything else you might enjoy. While you're here, you can make use of the clubhouse, the washers and dryers, an open pavilion, and a boat ramp on the river. There are restrooms and a dump station; the individual sites have full hookups. Some of the sites are back-in and next to the river, while the others are pull-through.
Close to the Arkansas River, which divides the city, you'll find several museums of interest. The Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, the Museum of Discovery, and the William J. Clinton Library and Museum are a few of them. The Museum of Discovery focuses on science for young kids, but it is interesting for adults as well; it has interactive exhibits and offers lectures and demonstrations.
Not far from Little Rock, Jacksonville, Arkansas, is another small but inviting town. There's an abundance of shopping venues, and one of them specializes in model trains. One of the town's historical landmarks is a preserved battlefield where they occasionally stage reenactments. There's a water park for kids and a military history museum. If you're starting to feel peckish, Jacksonville has a large number of eateries. There are seafood and steakhouse venues, barbecue joints, and a variety of cuisines on hand.
Hot Springs Village also has a variety of places to shop and several day spas where you can relax. There are a few lakes where you can enjoy fishing and urban parks where you can take a relaxing stroll, a water park and a mountain tower with panoramic views of the town below. If you plan on dining here, there is a balance of commercial chain establishments and privately owned and operated venues to choose from. Some of the cuisines on hand are Asian, Italian, and Mexican, in addition to the more familiar American-style menus.