Missouri's Capitol

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The Missouri Capitol is a massive building on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. The building covers three acres and the surrounding grounds of the Capitol complex cover dozens more. The building is 437 long, 300 feet wide and 262 feet tall.

The dome has exterior and interior shells, with plenty of room between the two to move around. This part of the dome is in stark contrast to the impressive paintings and incredible architecture in the rest of the building. About 250,000 people visit the Capitol each year.

But, it's just not the state's seat of government. There are hundreds of exhibits that showcase Missouri's historical, cultural and natural heritage.

Daily tours highlight artistic masterpieces that dot the Statehouse, which is part of Missouri's park system. Museum displays range from portraits of past governors to reproductions of the state's various habitats.

Manicured grounds surround the building, and several historic sites are within easy walking distance. Jefferson Landing State Historic Site includes the Lohman Building and Union Hotel, two 19th century buildings which have stood the test of time along the Missouri River and have seen their share of history.

Amtrak's convenient route between St. Louis and Kansas City includes stops in Jefferson City, Sedalia and Hermann, as well as other smaller towns along the way.

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