What to do in Jefferson City in Six Hours

We took an Amtrak train to Jefferson City, MO this past weekend. (Which, by the way, I totally recommend taking a train instead of driving! Really adds to the experience!) We were there for about 6 hours, and fit a lot of stuff into that short amount of time! 

1. Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill is beautiful. There is so much to see! There are monuments, fountains, a waterfall, a beautiful view of the river, and of course: the Capitol building. 

You can spend a lot of time just seeing all of the landscaping around the Hill. Then, you can take a tour inside the building. They offer guided tours, and self-guided options. 

As a bonus, Carnahan Garden is right across the street, and it is BEAUTIFUL.

 2. The Missouri State Penitentiary 


The Missouri State Penitentiary was a functioning prison from 1836-2004. While it’s no longer used as a prison, they do offer tours. I definitely recommend doing this. 

The regular two hour tour is $15 a person and you get to see the courtyard, two of the buildings, the dungeon and the gas chamber . You’re also allowed to take as many photos as you’d like.

They also offer five and eight hour ghost tours, if you happen to be staying there overnight! 

3. The Governer’s Mansion


The Governor’s mansion is gorgeous. They do offer tours, but even if you don’t take one, I would definitely recommend at least stopping by for a photo op! 

4. The Downtown Area. 

There is a good variety of places to eat in Downtown Jefferson City. We ate at J.P. Fenny’s. Good food at affordable prices! 

There are also a ton of adorable shops to check out while you’re there . 
Everything in Jefferson City is so beautiful. It has a peaceful, small town feel to it, while still having plenty of amenities!

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