Cape Girardeau welcomed a little piece of Hollywood to town in the Fall of 2013 as Gillian Flynn’s novel, Gone Girl, came to life. Cape Girardeau played the role of North Carthage, Missouri in the film directed by David Fincher that stars Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Rosamund Pike and Tyler Perry. Filming took place all over town in about 30 locations for around 6 weeks. Download the free Gone Girl driving tour to see what filming was like while cast and crew were here in Cape Girardeau! Cast and crew favorites and other behind the scenes information is included. Download the free PDF of the Gone Girl Driving Tour here. Pick up a printed brochure driving tour in the Convention and Visitors Bureau office at 220 N. Fountain Street!
Don’t want to download? The kind folks at the City of Cape Girardeau’s GIS office put together an interactive map of the driving tour!
Civil War sites in Cape Girardeau include Fort D, the site of the Battle of Cape Girardeau, Sites of Forts, A, B and C, the smallpox hospital at the Minton House, Confederate and Union Memorials, the Common Pleas Courthouse, Old Lorimier Cemetery, Port Cape Girardeau and more. Experience these sites as you follow the Driving Tour of the Civil Sites of Cape Girardeau, available for download by clicking here, or at the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 220 N. Fountain Street.
Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was born and raised in Cape Girardeau. A self-driving tour available at the Convention and Visitors Bureau office will take you past the hospital where he was born and his childhood home, now a private residence. You’ll see where he attended school and cruised Broadway, a tradition during his high school days. Discover the radio station where this broadcaster first started his career. As you take in the history and heritage of Cape Girardeau, you’ll discover what influenced and impacted Rush in his early years. Stop by the Convention and Visitors Bureau office at 220 N. Fountain Street for a free Rush Limbaugh Hometown Driving Tour brochure.
With several sites to see around Cape Girardeau, this driving tour will guide you through the world of Cape Girardeau during the late 1800s. This self-driving tour will help you discover the rich African American history of Cape Girardeau with churches, squares, schools, homes and so much more. Download the tour of outdoor sites that you can see from your car here. If you’re in the mood to get on your feet and look around, download the tour of sites you can go into and explore here.
This tour will guide you south from the spectacular Gateway Arch in St. Louis and to St. Charles before turning back to the Mississippi River past the French Colonial towns of Cape Girardeau and Charleston where Lewis and Clark first entered Missouri Territory in 1803. The tour circles northwest past an array of scenic wonders, parks, and historic sites before returning east through Eureka and St. Louis. Learn more about the Missouri trail here.
Explore Cape Girardeau’s diverse architecture with this self-exploring Google Map. Each architectural style is denoted by color, brief descriptions are provided when available and locations are marked by their address. You can explore at your own pace!