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Jefferson City, located on the Missouri River nearly halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City, is the state capital of Missouri. Jefferson City is named for the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson was the President responsible for the Louisiana Purchase. Some of the land from that purchase eventually became the State of Missouri. In 2013, Jefferson City was named America's "Most Beautiful" Small Town by Rand McNally.
Recently the capitol building was rated as being the first most beautiful on the inside of all 50 United States capitals by USAToday. Tours of the exquisite Missouri State Capitol Building are free and offered 7 days a week.
In addition to the award winning Capitol building, Jefferson City is home to a number of other historical sites and museums. Included in these are the brand new Lewis and Clark Trailhead Plaza, Museum of Missouri Military History, Runge Nature Center, Museum of Veterinary History, Missouri State Museum, Missouri State Highway Patrol Museum, and Cole County Historical Society Museum. (Tours of the attractions listed above are free of charge except for the Cole County Historical Society Museum which charges a nominal fee of $3 per person.)
Lincoln University, located in Jefferson City, is both a regional university and a Historically Black University. Lincoln University was founded in 1866 by members of the 62 nd and 65 th Colored Infantries of the Civil War specifically for the education of African-Americans who were previously prohibited from seeking out higher education in Missouri. The campus now includes a monument dedicated to these founders as well as eight buildings on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
Katy Trail State Park (a former railroad converted for bicycle usage and hiking) runs on the north side of the Missouri River. The trail stretches 225 miles between St. Charles and Clinton, Missouri. It is wheelchair accessible. Jefferson City has a multitude of parks, trails and golf courses open for public use. Lakes for fishing, boating and swimming, walking trails and nature viewpoints are scattered throughout the city.
Jefferson City Memorial Airport (IATA: JEF, ICAO: KJEF), located just across the Missouri River, only serves general aviation. There is currently (as of December 2008) no commercial airline flying into this airport.
The closest airport with commercial service is Columbia Regional Airport (IATA: COU, ICAO: KCOU) in neighbouring Columbia. Northwest Airlines is the only carrier at the airport, with service from Memphis. From Jefferson City, the airport is located about 23 miles (37 km) north, connected by the US Highway 63.
The closest full-scale commercial airport is Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (IATA: STL, ICAO: KSTL), located in St. Louis, about 120 miles (193 km) away. It is very easy to get from the St. Louis airport to Jefferson City. Take I-70 west out of St. Louis for about an hour and a half. Take exit 148 for US Highway 54 south and drive for about 30 minutes until you reach Jefferson City.
Most of the attractions are located in the heart of downtown within walking distance of each other.
There is also an extensive greenway with 7.4 miles of paved trails. This is a multi-use greenway and is perfect for walking, running, biking or skating. This is an excellent place to go and be safe from the dangers of a busy street.
Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.
For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.
Central Dairy 610 Madison St. (573) 635-6148, For a refreshing break anytime, stop in at Central Dairy for legendary ice cream treats. The dairy is an excellent stop any time of year and is known as a longtime favorite of locals and many throughout the Midwest. Open Monday-Saturday, 8:00am-6:00pm, Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm.
There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.
See also International Telephone Calls
The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.
The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.
100 East High Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101 is where the main post office is.
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