Hey yall! Here we are again for another travel post. This will be my final post for our St. Louis and beyond trip. In case you missed other posts from this trip, they’re listed here: Missouri/Kansas Trip
Jefferson City, MO
The sky looked crazy when we arrived at the hotel that evening.
After we checked into the hotel, we got back in the car and drove over to the Missouri Capitol. There are so many different areas around the capitol to see.
This bunny was hanging out in front yard there.
We drove by the Missouri State Penitentiary and thought about doing a tour, but I was just so tired. I would like to go back and do the photography tour. I didn’t take any pictures of it because we just drove by.
The next day we got up and drove back over to the capitol. Lewis and Clark Plaza is just in front of the capitol to the right if you’re looking at it.
The area near the Governor’s mansion is really pretty.
Just down the block from the capitol is Jefferson Landing State Historic Site. Here you’ll see the Lohman Building that was constructed in 1839. It was also a grocery store, warehouse, telegraph office, tavern, and hotel.
The hotel went through several name changes: Missouri Hotel, Veranda Hotel, and finally the Union Hotel following the Civil War.
The Lohman and Union Hotel buildings came to be used for storage, tenement lodgings, and a shoe factory before being acquired by the state in 1976 and restored.
Union Hotel – 1855
After seeing all the different spots around the capitol, we got back in the car to head to our next stop, St. Charles, MO. Tons of farmland in Missouri.
St. Charles, MO
Saint Charles is a northwestern suburb of St. Louis situated on the Missouri River.
We parked just off S Riverside Drive behind some shops.
We saw this trolley car when we got around to Main street.
The Katy Trail State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Missouri that contains the Katy Trail, the country’s longest recreational rail trail. It runs 240 miles, largely along the northern bank of the Missouri River, in the right-of-way of the former Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad.
St. Charles was Missouri’s 1st state capital, which I didn’t get any pictures of mainly because it was under construction.
We had lunch at the Lewis and Clark Restaurant.
View from our table
I had the Creole Chicken Sandwich with Red Beans and Rice.
St. Louis, MO
After lunch we made our way back to St. Louis. We had a little time to kill before heading back to the airport for our flight home. Rob didn’t get to go to Fitz’s when I went earlier in the week. I knew he would enjoy a Root Beer float and wouldn’t probably want to purchase some of their bottled sodas. That’s where we ended up!
We sat upstairs, which is actually where they sell adult drinks. I was glad we went back there so I could see the upstairs and Rob had the opportunity to see it and get some specialty sodas.
We weren’t hungry since we had only eaten lunch about an hour before. We asked for a Root Beer float to share. They split it up for us and it ended up being nearly as much as getting one on our own!
Rob picked out 3 flavors of their sodas. We paid and walked back to the car. We drove down the block and stopped so that we could pack the sodas in our bags so they would be safe for the flight back.
And with that…that finally concludes our Missouri/Kansas trip! Next I’ll be working on our Cruise posts.