Jefferson City, MO

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

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.

Baymont by Wyndham Jefferson City
Baymont by Wyndham Jefferson City
2.5 out of 5
319 W. Miller Street, Jefferson City, MO
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $75 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
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 ...
3.7/5 Good! (985 reviews)
"Room was clean, bed was comfortable. We came in their off season, so had to call to have the manager meet us to check us in. Wasn't a long wait and he was very nice."

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

Baymont by Wyndham Jefferson City
The Hobo Hill House of Historical Jefferson City Missouri
The Hobo Hill House of Historical Jefferson City Missouri
Jefferson City, MO
Situated in Jefferson City, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Missouri State Penitentiary Museum, Cole County Historical Society, and The Missouri ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
It felt like home away from home
"We Love The Ghost There"

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2021

The Hobo Hill House of Historical Jefferson City Missouri
Capitol Plaza Hotel Jefferson City
Capitol Plaza Hotel Jefferson City
3.5 out of 5
Jefferson City 415 W. McCarty St, Jefferson City, MO
The price is $96 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
Located in the heart of Jefferson City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Missouri State Capitol and The Missouri Governor´s Mansion. Missouri State Penitentiary ...
3.5/5 Good! (952 reviews)
"The area around the hotel was great. Right downtown. Walking distance from High St and the Capital. The actual hotel is run down, needs major updates. It was on the cheaper end. We would likely stay again if we didnt need any amentities. The pool was closed. The fountain was broke. But again, if ..."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Capitol Plaza Hotel Jefferson City
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The Hobo Hill House of Historical Jefferson City Missouri
The Hobo Hill House of Historical Jefferson City Missouri
Jefferson City, MO
Situated in Jefferson City, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Missouri State Penitentiary Museum, Cole County Historical Society, and The Missouri ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
It felt like home away from home
"We Love The Ghost There"

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2021

The Hobo Hill House of Historical Jefferson City Missouri
Parker's Place – Stay in the Center of It All
Parker's Place – Stay in the Center of It All
Jefferson City, MO
Located in the heart of Jefferson City, this historic vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Missouri State Penitentiary Museum, Cole County Historical ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Amazing Poperty & Owner!
"I cannot express enough how much we enjoyed our stay. Not only is the property super cool but the property owner was easy to communicate with and made sure everything was perfect. I will 110% recommend this place to everyone."

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2021

Parker's Place – Stay in the Center of It All
Beautiful Country Home, located on a Petting Zoo near historic Westphalia, MO
Beautiful Country Home, located on a Petting Zoo near historic Westphalia, MO
Jefferson City, MO
Located in a rural location, this family-friendly vacation home is within 12 mi (20 km) of Museum of Missouri Military History, Osage Country Club, and Osage ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (19 reviews)
A great return visit
"We stayed at this property for the second consecutive year this Christmas because we had such a great experience last year. It didn’t disappoint! The house is awesome and the setting can’t be beat. Super easy check-in process, everything was great! We’ll be back :)"

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2022

Beautiful Country Home, located on a Petting Zoo near historic Westphalia, MO
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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