Destination: Little Rock

By: Samantha Whitehorne

Arkansas' largest city mixes history with recently updated venues.

This capital city offers value and first-class hotels and meeting spaces.

Little Rock Fast Facts

Recent and Future Association Meetings: American Fisheries Society 143rd Annual Meeting, National Association of State Judicial Educators 2013 Conference, Southern Nursing Research Society 27th Annual Conference

Hotel Rooms: 8,000

Statehouse Convention Center Square Footage: 220,000

Distance From Airport to Downtown: Five miles

What else?: The city derives its name from a small rock formation on the south bank of the Arkansas River called la Petite Roche, which is French for "the little rock."

Convenient convention center. Just 10 minutes from the airport and blocks from major interstates, the Statehouse Convention Center features the 18,362-square-foot Woody Allen Ballroom, which can be divided into three separate spaces; 82,892 square feet of exhibit space; and meeting rooms of various sizes. Attached to the center is Arkansas' only Forbes Four Star hotel, the Peabody Little Rock.

A presidential experience. The William J. Clinton Presidential Center offers more than 20,000 square feet of event space, including the 5,000-square-foot Great Hall with a panoramic downtown view and outdoor space in the 18,000-square-foot Scholars Garden.

Offsite options. Looking to get your attendees out of traditional meeting rooms for the afternoon? Explore the Little Rock Zoo, head out on a tour of historic homes in Quapaw Quarter, or take a stroll through River Market District, downtown's entertainment hub, featuring everything from art galleries to music venues.

Samantha Whitehorne is deputy editor at Associations Now in Washington, DC. Email:[email protected]

Samantha Whitehorne

Samantha Whitehorne is editorial director of Associations Now in Washington, DC.