Welcome to LodgingGuide's hospitality industry listings for the Cape Girardeau, Missouri area.
Featuring an exceptional combination of significant historical attractions, lively entertainment, family-style recreation and warm hospitality, Cape Girardeau offers excitement laced with historic appeal dating to well before the Civil War. This regional hub for health care, shopping, dining, and education was platted in 1806 when Don Louis Lorimier donated a tract of land, and 2006 heralded assorted 200 year celebrations. Spectacular vistas and a historic past blend with attractions to offer much to see and do in the oft-promoted "Escape to the Cape." Shoppers head for West Park's Westfield Shoppingtown, anchored by Famous Barr and JCPenney, with more than 85 stores. Strip mall and plazas include the Town Plaza Shopping Center. Remembrance of earlier times comes via antique and specialty shops, several dotting the historic Old Town Cape riverfront district. In the heart of Cape Girardeau, Missouri stand memories of the Civil War.
Like many cities, Cape Girardeau was divided during the War Between the States. While Confederate in sympathy, the city was held for the duration by Union forces, and the city honors both North and South in its monuments. Because it was the first high ground north of the Ohio River, Cape Girardeau was an important military post at the onset of the Civil War. Gen. John C. Fremont, Union commander headquartered in St. Louis, ordered the fortification of Cape Girardeau to resist assault by land and water. Following his orders, four forts were constructed in a semi-circle across the village front. This led to understanding that Cape Girardeau was one of the most fortified cities in the U.S. Besides historic treasures, Cape Girardeau's modern amenities include 1,000 hotel rooms, more than 120 restaurants, and a 7,000-seat arena. Family activities include a 14-screen movie theater, water slide, go-karts, ice skating rink, and a reptile zoo.
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Lodging located in the greater Cape Girardeau area which is served by Cape Girardeau Regional Airport (CGI). In the heart of Cape Girardeau stand many memories and historic sites of the Civil War including Fort D and Old Lorimier Cemetery which holds many unmarked graves, from both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.
Lodging options located in the greater Sikeston area. If you're a history buff, the Sikeston-Minor area boasts 15 historical points of interest throughout the cities, and over 25 in nearby East Prairie, Charleston and New Madrid.
Area Facts: Cape Girardeau is a two-hour drive southeast of the U.S. population center calculated to be at Steelville, Missouri. The area code for Cape Girardeau is 573.
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