What is the nearest major airport?
St. Louis Lambert International Airport is the closest major airport. It's located approximately 100 miles south of Hannibal. Quincy Regional Airport is closer, just 28 miles, and Hannibal Regional Airport welcomes private pilots and charter flights.
How many days should I plan to visit so I can experience all the highlights?
Because Hannibal is rich in history, offers engaging activities, and is home to dozens of unique shops and eateries, most visitors stay 3 to 4 days. Many plan their visits around our numerous annual events, such as National Tom Sawyer Days or the Big River Steampunk Festival. We encourage you to thoroughly research all of the activites you'd like to include during your visit and plan accordingly so you don't miss out. Remember, some things are seasonal, such as the Mark Twain Riverboat. Full details of all Hannibal sites and acitivites, along with hours of operation, can be found at visithannibal.com.
If I plan a longer visit, what can I experience that is reasonably nearby?
Hannibal offers dozens of comfortable and affordable places to stay, whether a chain motel or cozy B&B. We suggest you take a tip from Tom Sawyer when he set up home base in the cave and used a length of kite string to explore cave passages. Plan a week's stay, making Hannibal your home base, and then venture out for a few "kite string adventures" like these:
1. Florida, Missouri - 36 miles west. Birthplace of Mark Twain. Museum includes the actual cabin Sam Clemes lived in as a toddler, handwritten manuscript of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, etc. Beautiful state park.
2. Quincy, Illinois - 25 miles east. Known for its unique historical architecture, Quincy is known as the Gem City.
3. Marceline, Missouri - 90 miles west. Boyhood home of Walt Disney. Museum and "Dreaming Tree" are fun to visit. If you've ever been on Main Street at DisneyWorld, you might experience deja vu!
4. Springfield, Illinois - 90 miles east. Visit the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, the Lincoln Home, and Lincoln Tomb.