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Mark Twain in Hannibal
The tales of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn began in this riverfront town (population 17,500), where local son Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) grew up.
At the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, explore the Hannibal of Clemens' childhood. (573) 221-9010; marktwainmuseum.org
The Mark Twain Cave Complex lets visitors climb through the underground passages where Clemens played as a boy (and which were later immortalized in his books). (573) 221-1656; marktwaincave.com
On the Mark Twain Riverboat, cruise the Mississippi River on an old-fashioned paddle wheeler. (573) 221-3222; marktwainriverboat.com
Actor Richard Garey (left) performs his show, Mark Twain Himself, throughout the summer at Hannibal's Planters Barn Theater. (573) 231-0021; heritagestage.com