Missouri State Penitentiary

Rundown: Ready for a serious dose of state history? Tour the historic Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, which opened in 1836 and closed down in 2004. Tours explore the dungeons, housing areas and gas chambers, plus you’ll learn about the prison’s most famous inmates and executions. For the best shot at seeing a ghost, sign up for an overnight investigation. Most of the guides are former employees of the prison, and, if you’re lucky, you might even book a warden.

Missouri State Penitentiary, 115 Lafayette St., Jefferson City, Missouri, missouripentours.com