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LR named one of dozen 'distinctive destinations'.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation Historic preservation is the act of maintaining and repairing existing historic materials and the retention of a property's form as it has evolved over time. When considering the United States Department of Interior's interpretation: "Preservation calls for the existing form,  has named Little Rock one of a "Dozen Distinctive Destinations," an annual list of communities across the country.

Little Rock was selected from 63 destinations in 27 states that were nominated by individuals, preservation organizations and local communities.

"Today is about celebrating the work that has been done and the transformation the Little Rock-North Little Rock area has seen," said Daniel Carey, director of the southwest office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Tourists and residents of Little Rock and North Little Rock can appreciate the city's Old State House, the state Capitol building The term State Capitol Building can refer to the State Capitol building in a number of different US states, national or subnational entities. US States
  • Alabama State Capitol
  • Alaska State Capitol
  • Arizona State Capitol
  • Arkansas State Capitol
, the Historic Arkansas Museum The Historic Arkansas Museum, affectionately known as the HAM, is a state history museum in downtown Little Rock in the U.S. state of Arkansas.

The museum maintains gallery space and a number of historic buildings original to the site, as well as log structures
 and a collection of restored buildings.

Since opening in 2004, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library has helped revitalize the city's downtown River Market district and is a popular tourist destination.

In September, Little Rock will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the desegregation desegregation: see integration.  of Central High School, an event that's expected to draw a big crowd and receive national media coverage.

Along the North Little Rock riverfront are the U.S.S. Razorback, a decommissioned World War II submarine; one of the most significant sites on the Trail of Tears Trail of Tears

Forced migration of the Cherokee Indians in 1838–39. In 1835, when gold was discovered on Cherokee land in Georgia, a small minority of Cherokee ceded all tribal land east of the Mississippi for $5 million. The U.S.
; and the Big Dam Bridge The Pulaski County Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge, better known as the Big Dam Bridge, is the newest bridge to span the Arkansas River at Little Rock, Arkansas, over the Murray Lock and Dam, and is open only to pedestrian and bicycle traffic. , the world's longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge.

Other cities on this year's "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" list include: Charlottesville, Va.; Chatham, Mass.; Chestertown, Md.; Durango, Colo.; Ellensburg, Wash.; Hillsborough, N.C.; Mineral Point, Wis.; Morgantown, W. Va.; Providence, R.I.; West Hollywood, Calif.; and Woodstock, Ill.
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Title Annotation:TOURISM; Little Rock
Author:Boddington, Nicole
Publication:Arkansas Business
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U7AR
Date:Mar 12, 2007
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