Jefferson City, Missouri, is a destination with diverse attractions for nature lovers, history buffs and families with children.
Located on the Missouri River in the middle of the state, the city has a history that includes the Katy Trail (formerly the Missouri-Kansas-Texas rail line) and the Missouri State Museum. The trail runs north of the Missouri River – 225 miles across the state.
The Lewis and Clark Monument at the Katy Trailhead Plaza is close to the State Capitol and is home to beautiful statues of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, York (Clark’s servant), George Druillard (a French-Canadian-Shawnee interpreter) and Seaman (Lewis’s dog). The monument was built to commemorate the June 4, 1804, date when the Lewis and Clark expedition camped there. The Jefferson City Greenway with 15 miles of trails and a new pedestrian bridge celebrates the outdoors and allows people to cross the river from the Katy Trail to the State Capitol grounds and the plaza. Visit http://visitjeffersoncity.com/blog/2009/08/14/lewis-and-clark-trailheadplaza/ for details.
The Missouri State Museum is located on the first floor of the Capitol and houses numerous exhibits showcasing the state’s history. The museum offers a regular schedule of events and special programs. The nearby Jefferson Landing State Historic Site is one of the tours. The Lohman Building features an exhibit on transportation as well as a 20-minute film, “Welcome to the Missouri State Capital.” Across the street, the Elizabeth Rozier Gallery has rotating exhibits on Missouri art, history and culture.
Other tours include the Capitol and the Governor's Mansion. For more information, visit http://mostateparks.com/park/missouri-state-museum. Visitors can take self-guided tours of the Capitol and its grounds. Take the time to stroll around the area, check out the river views and take lots of photographs.