Set aside an afternoon and pay a visit to Missouri State Penitentiary Museum.
To discover it for yourself, head to Columbia, located just 25 miles from the state capital, Jefferson City.
You should be able to choose a place to stay that will suit your needs. There are 4 nearby. The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jefferson City and Capitol Plaza Hotel Jefferson City are some strong candidates, and they're just 2 miles from Missouri State Penitentiary Museum.
You can still have an optimum vacation without exceeding your budget. Book your room close to all the action at one of the more affordable hotels. The Candlewood Suites Jefferson City and the Days Inn Jefferson City are some establishments you should think about.
Once you've finished exploring Missouri State Penitentiary Museum follow the wafting aroma of coffee to Whistle Stop Cafe, a nearby cafe where you can wind down and work out your next destination. When hunger comes knocking, sit down for a meal at Red Tail Lounge. This place is also not far away. Itching for a cold beer? Keep the drinks flowing at Helmut's Dungeon Wine Club.
Missouri State Penitentiary Museum is well served by public transportation. The nearest stop, Jefferson City Station, is located 0.5 miles away.