Hannibal Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Hannibal Trip Guide

Mark Twain’s stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn began in this Mississippi River town (population: 17,500). The National Tom Sawyer Days festival takes place in July.
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    Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum
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    Mark Twain look-alike wanders Hannibal
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    Old-fashioned river paddleboat

What to do

Hannibal Trolley Company Sightseeing Tours A ride on an old- fashioned trolley provides a pleasant overview of local attractions. Experienced drivers know their stuff and take great pride in sharing their town with visitors. Stops allow ample time for looking around. Seasonal. (573) 221-1161

Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum Buy one ticket; explore eight buildings near the Mississippi. (573) 221-9010; marktwainmuseum.org

Mark Twain Cave Complex Samuel Clemens immortalized the underground passages where he played as a boy when he wrote about Tom and Becky getting lost in McDougal’s Cave. Guided tours last about an hour; caves are chilly. (573) 221-1656; marktwaincave.com

Where to eat

Becky’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor and Emporium Step into a sweet shop inspired by Clemens’ childhood sweetheart, Laura Hawkins. You may know her as Becky Thatcher from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. (573) 221-0822; beckythatcher.com

Where to stay

Reagan’s Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast Reagan’s "Breakfast with Mark Twain" has Richard Garey, the actor known locally as Mark Twain Himself, entertain at the table. In walking distance of downtown. From $109. (888) 221-1251; reagansqueenanne.com

For information: Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau (866) 263-4825; visithannibal.com

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