Hannibal Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Hannibal Trip Guide

Samuel Clemens’ (aka Mark Twain) stories of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn began in this Mississippi River town, upriver from St. Louis by 115 miles.
Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum
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Old-fashioned riverboat
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What to do

Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum  Tour eight buildings associated with his books. (573) 221-9010; marktwainmuseum.org

Mark Twain Cave Complex Samuel Clemens immortalized the chilly 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. (573) 221-1656; marktwaincave.com

Mark Twain Riverboat Experience what Samuel Clemens might have on one of three Mississippi River cruises on this 120-foot mock paddle-wheeler. (573) 221-3222; marktwainriverboat.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

Ole Planters Restaurant Alton Brown of Food Network fame came back to this folksy spot twice for the specialty smoked bratwurst and sauerkraut dinner and loved the strawberry pie. (573) 221-4410

Where to stay

Reagan’s Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast Victorian-Era woodwork and original stained-glass windows take guests back to Twains’ time. From $119. (888) 221-1251; reagansqueenanne.com

Garth Woodside Mansion Samuel Clemens, a lifelong friend of John Garth, stayed in this elaborate Second Empire-style mansion numerous times. His second-floor room is now the Samuel Clemens guest room, the B&B’s most sought-after accommodation. From $185. (573) 221-2789; garthmansion.com

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

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