Family-Friendly Lodgings in Downtown Jefferson City
Just steps from Capitol Plaza Hotel, the Missouri State Capitol Building resembles an ancient Roman basilica. Ornately carved 40-foot columns mark its entrance, and a statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of grain and agriculture, tops its massive white dome. Ceres is a fitting figure to overlook Jefferson City, which began as several gristmills along the Missouri River. A stay at Capitol Plaza Hotel puts visitors in the heart of historical downtown Jefferson City and a stone's throw from the area’s nature trails, prime fishing locales, and rolling prairies.
The guest rooms and executive suites offer wireless Internet and cable TV amid warm hues and simple decor. In the two-room executive suite, there's an additional sleeper sofa. For dinner, feel free to lounge in your room and enjoy an artisan pizza from the onsite Plaza Pizzeria, or head down for a light meal and a cocktail at the Fountain Court Lounge before unwinding in the hotel's indoor heated pool and hot tub.
Jefferson City, Missouri: Rich History and German Heritage on the Missouri River
Many postcards of downtown Jefferson City spotlight its domed Capitol Building and the Missouri River, the two landmarks that reflect the Missouri capital’s historical and natural spirit. Perched on a bluff that Lewis and Clark crossed under during their historical afternoon beer run, the Capitol Building embraces Missouri's history through its three-wall mural, Thomas Hart Benton’s A Social History of Missouri. Located on the third floor of the Capitol, the mural tells the story of Missouri’s pioneer days up to the rise of St. Louis and Kansas City.
On Jefferson City’s south side, the neighborhood of Old Munichburg conveys a distinctly German feel through its historical churches, Bavarian-style brick buildings, and pubs that serve schnitzel and other traditional dishes. Steps from Old Munichburg, the Missouri River draws visitors looking to canoe or catch catfish. Near the boat-access point, signs indicate how far other cities are down the river, from Rocheport (43 miles) to Three Forks, Montana (2,197 miles). Another popular spot for fishing is nearby Binder Lake, which is filled with bass and bluegill.