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LR named one of dozen 'distinctive destinations'.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation 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 Historic Arkansas Museum 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 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; and the Big Dam Bridge, 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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