"Life on the Mississippi" Top 5 Page for this destination Hannibal by dlandt
Hannibal Travel Guide: 41 reviews and 92 photos
Hannibal is famous as the home of Mark Twain and the setting for his famous novels Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Quite a few of the attractions here are named for him or the characters he invented, and they've tried to preserve at least a part of the scenery. The town is essentially along the river surrounded by hills on three sides. To the north is the hill with the interstate, the on and off ramps being the only thing I'm familiar with. To the south lies Lover's Leap and the Mark Twain Cave, and to the west lies the real, working and residential town of Hannibal. I took a quick drive through there but didn't see much of interest. The river landing has most of the points of interest, not only for Mark Twain, but also for the Mississippi River itself.
- Pros:Its definitely a charming little town with a lot of history
- Cons:It would be a challenge to find more than a day and a half worth of stuff to do
- In a nutshell:Make this one a weekend away, its worth it.
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