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Jefferson City
The Missouri State Capitol dominates a bluff overlooking the Missouri River and the bronze statue atop its 238 foot-high dome is the first thing that comes into view for visitors of Jefferson City. The same bluff was one of the first sites passed by Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition, and the city is close to both the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and KATY Trail State Park. The city is also home to the imposing Missouri State Penitentiary, the “bloodiest 47 acres in America.”

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Missouri State Penitentiary
Missouri State Penitentiary
Owner description: The Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) opened in 1836 along the banks of the Missouri River in Jefferson City, Missouri, the state capital. The prison housed inmates for 168 years... more Owner description: The Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) opened in 1836 along the banks of the Missouri River in Jefferson City, Missouri, the state capital. The prison housed inmates for 168 years and was the oldest continually operating prison west of the Mississippi until it was decommissioned in 2004. The prison was already 100 years old when Alcatraz began taking inmates.The Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau now offers a wide variety of tours at the site, once named the "bloodiest 47 acres in America" by Time magazine. Visitors can choose to take a History or Ghost Tour, among others, and will walk through several incredibly historic housing units, the vast upper yard of the property and the gas chamber, where 40 men and women were executed. The tour also showcases cells of infamous inmates such as Sonny Liston, who learned to box during his time in the big house and James Earl Ray, who escaped from MSP before assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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Runge Conservation Nature Center
Runge Conservation Nature Center
Missouri State Capitol
Missouri State Capitol
Attraction type: Government Buildings; Historic Sites; Architectural Buildings
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Governor's Mansion
Governor's Mansion
Attraction type: Government Buildings
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Carl R. Noren River Access
Carl R. Noren River Access
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Central Dairy
Central Dairy
Price: $1 - $5
Cuisines: Ice Cream
Good for: Local cuisine
B.K. Bakery
B.K. Bakery
Cuisines: Bakery, Coffee Shop
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Yanis Coffee Zone
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
The Grand Cafe
The Grand Cafe
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Everest Cafe & Bar
Cuisines: Indian, Korean

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Americas Best Value Inn
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Americas Best Value Inn
$68 - $100
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Capital Inn
BEST WESTERN PLUS Capital Inn
$98 - $114
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Jefferson City
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Cliff Manor Inn
Cliff Manor Inn
$104 - $177
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Jefferson City Days Inn
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Jefferson City Days Inn
$73 - $133
Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Jefferson City
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