Transport your mind’s eye to a simpler place—where pairs of young rascals sought buried treasure hidden deeply in shadow-pocked caves, or lazed away the day upon twine-lashed rafts down the verdant tides of the mighty Mississippi River. What you’re picturing isn’t fantasy. It’s Hannibal, Missouri: Where audacious wanderers can discover the unexpected.
Bibliophilic travelers may recognize Hannibal as the hometown of celebrated author Samuel Clemens (also known as Mark Twain), whose eponymous heroes Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn painted a portrait of Midwestern America that remains steadfastly genuine today. Here, wise wanders can let their own curiosity run wild, perhaps embarking from one of the hotels in Hannibal, MO to board a riverboat dinner cruise drifting down the Mississippi as fiery streaks of amber and scarlet blaze across the sky at dusk. Tenderly braised roast beef simmering in au jus will melt in your mouth and sinfully decadent chocolate-drizzled desserts will seduce even the most disciplined of sailors. Gaze off the starboard bow over the undulating tide to the where the landscape melts into the shore; the lush vegetation will encapsulate you and the symphonic melodies of frogs croaking from the marshlands will guide your vessel home.
Back on terra firma, feel the breeze in your hair as you whisk around town in one of the available Hannibal rental cars, unshackled by timetables or expectations. A bold flash of crimson catches your eye, and before you know it, a one-of-a-kind handcrafted tapestry is nestled safely in your passenger seat, ready to inspire your inner artistic virtuoso. And if you’re staying in one of the idyllic Hannibal hotels, they’ll gladly handle arrangements for your newest keepsake on its journey to your own hometown.
Aching to stretch your wandering legs in the big city? Nearby St. Louis beckons with gooey slices of its famously local-style pizza and crisply toasted ravioli—eschew calorie counting and indulge. When you’re feeling satisfyingly soporific, Travelocity’s St. Louis hotel deals mean you can drift to dreamland betwixt velvety sheets and awaken to the wafting aroma of freshly brewed coffee as you overlook the iconic Gateway Arch.
Travelers who wish to compose their own definitive stories need only rely on Travelocity for inspiration. Even if you never discover your own cache of pilfered riches hidden deeply within a maze of caves, with Travelocity’s deals on Hannibal, MO hotels and rental cars, savvy travelers can craft their own journeys with ease.