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Jefferson CityUnited States of America

Find out about the landing of European settlers in this historic state capital and marvel at its impressive domed behemoth.

Although it is the capital of Missouri, the charming Jefferson City is remarkably small and quaint. This beautiful town makes up for its size with its impressive structures, political importance and wonderful views of the Missouri River. Learn about the legal and administrative role played by the town named after the country’s third president, Thomas Jefferson.

The emblematic highlight is the majestic Missouri State Capitol, with an iconic dome that rises above the skyline. Ascend to the dome itself and enjoy the vista of the river and the city laid out beneath you. Embark on a free 45-minute guided tour of the majestic rooms, such as the Whispering Gallery. Snap photos of the façade’s eight pillars that support its pediment.

Visit the Missouri State Museum on the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol. Take a tour of its exhibits on such topics as the Civil War and the settlement of the region. Go to the nearby Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, where the first Europeans arrived before inhabiting the city.

Look to the future by chatting with students at the state’s proud Lincoln University of Missouri. Since it was founded in 1866 the school has had mostly African-American students. Tour its historic buildings.

Summers here are fairly hot and humid, leading to impressive lightning displays. In winter, see the town’s pretty buildings covered in snow.

Note that famous explorers Lewis and Clark passed through this town on their historic voyage before settlers first arrived from Europe. The town is today known by locals as Jeff.

The city is located just outside Columbia on the Ozark Plateau in the heart of Missouri. Fly to Columbia Regional Airport and drive south for 20 miles (30 kilometers) to arrive in about 25 minutes. You can also reach Jefferson City Railway Station by Amtrak. Visit other cities in the region, such as Springfield, Kansas City and St. Louis.

Jefferson City is a jewel in the political, geographical and cultural center of Missouri.

Top Hotels in Jefferson City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Hotel And Suites Jefferson City
Holiday Inn Hotel And Suites Jefferson City
3 out of 5
1590 Jefferson Street, Jefferson City, MO
The price is $111 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Situated in Jefferson City, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Oak Hills Golf Center, Supreme Court of Missouri, and Lincoln University of Missouri. Missouri ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (59 reviews)

"Beware of the attached restaurant. Cheap prices equal cheap servings and mediocre food."…"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2020

Holiday Inn Hotel And Suites Jefferson City
Baymont by Wyndham Jefferson City
Baymont by Wyndham Jefferson City
2.5 out of 5
319 W. Miller Street, Jefferson City, MO
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $60 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 26

Located in the heart of Jefferson City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Supreme Court of Missouri and Missouri State Capitol. Cole County Historical ...

3.7/5Good! (963 reviews)

"Nice room and service was great. Will definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Baymont by Wyndham Jefferson City
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jefferson City
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jefferson City
3 out of 5
422 Monroe St, Jefferson City, MO
The price is $101 per night from Sep 30 to Oct 1

Located in the heart of Jefferson City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cole County Historical Society, The Missouri Governor´s Mansion, and Supreme ...

4.2/5Very Good! (435 reviews)

"Friendly and helpful staff. Stay was quiet and the room was wonderful."…"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jefferson City

Popular places to visit in Jefferson City

Missouri State Capitol
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Missouri State Capitol

4/5(85 reviews)

Ascend to the dome for a wonderful vista and browse the range of fascinating public art in this important state building. 

University of Missouri
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University of Missouri

4.5/5(449 reviews)

Take a tour of the stunning botanical gardens interspersed with the eclectic range of neo-Gothic and redbrick structures in this historic university. 

Warm Springs Ranch
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Warm Springs Ranch

5/5(13 reviews)

Enjoy an outing to Warm Springs Ranch during your stay in Boonville. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the casinos in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Jefferson City

Jefferson City Scavenger Hunt: Small Town Beauty
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Jefferson City Scavenger Hunt: Small Town Beauty

$20
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Missouri
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Missouri

$10
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Missouri
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Missouri

$10
Per adult

Reviews of Jefferson City

3.9

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5 - Excellent 21.991701244813278%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 50.20746887966805%
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3 - Okay 26.141078838174273%
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2 - Disappointing 1.2448132780082988%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

My hometown! Friendly people, rolling hills, views, central location

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 10, 2020

I usually stay with you when I come to town to visit my kids and grandkids. I hope you keep taking care of the pool and everything else there.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 22, 2020

Need more parking around capitol. Older adults need better access. Are there taxi services, bus service? Walking two blocks for some is not good. Remove all the "newspaper parking only" signs.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

Great place to visit lots of interesting facts great shopping great food choices

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

Didn't spend much time there, other than to tour the old prison and to sleep, as we were visiting family in Columbia.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 15, 2019

Always like staying in Jeff City. Seems like the best of both worlds.

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Missouri State Capitol featuring a fountain, heritage architecture and an administrative buidling

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