Jefferson City travel guide

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You're Going to Love Jefferson City

Missouri's capital is laid back, leafy, elegant, and full of class. Whether you want to learn about the history of the Show-Me State, wander miles of inner-city trails, or just spend a week shopping at upscale malls, Jefferson City is the place to be.

In the place where Lewis and Clark set out on their famous expedition across the American West, start your own exploration at great museums like the Museum of Missouri Military History, see the penitentiary that held famous names like Sonny Liston and "Pretty Boy" Floyd, and stroll in the idyllic gardens of the Missouri Governor's Mansion.

Evenings in Jefferson City see the locals dining on fine cuisine from all over the world, sampling the vintages of the Missouri wine region, and just relaxing in an unhurried, tranquil destination. There's no finer place to recharge your batteries and unwind than Jefferson City.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Jefferson City

When to Visit Jefferson City

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Jefferson City is at its most beautiful in late spring and early summer, so scheduling a trip between late April and early June makes sense. You'll also avoid some of the summer crowds. However, early fall and late summer see a cluster of great events, so if you love music or dance, that might be the time to go.

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How to Get to Jefferson City

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Where to Stay in Jefferson City

Excellent city center accommodation options include the Hampton Inn Jefferson City, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, and the Capitol Plaza Hotel (which is very handy for the Conference Center). Slightly further out, the 19th-century Cliff Manor Inn offers more atmospheric surroundings, while there are plenty of motels on the outskirts like the Fairfield Inn & Suites for travelers with rental cars.

Popular Neighborhoods in Jefferson City

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How to Get Around Jefferson City

The Cost of Living in Jefferson City

Shopping Streets

If you want to explore small, independent stores, Downtown Jefferson City is the best place to go. You'll find an attractive mix of chains like Barnes and Noble and small boutiques like Fine Mess or Saffees. Slightly out of town, the Capital Mall is the largest shopping center in town.

Groceries and Other

If you need to shop for groceries, city center supermarkets in Jefferson City include Schnucks and Schultes Fresh Foods, and there's a huge Walmart Supercenter just to the west of the center. Prices should be reasonable, with a gallon of milk coming to about $3.40.

Where to Eat in Jefferson City

Jefferson City may be a small town, but its political importance means that it has a discerning dining community - and no shortage of fine restaurants. Some of the best include Madison's Cafe, with its comfortable dining room and blend of European and traditional American fare, the pub-style Ecco Lounge, and Arris Pizza, which skillfully fuses Greek and Italian cuisine. Meals should cost no more than $25 per head with a starter and main included.

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