The city is in east-central Missouri and is near the far north-eastern end of Truman Lake. It is near the mountainous Ozarks region of the United States, but still in the Plains, so the countryside around Clinton can vary from farming land to marshy areas to hilly, forested regions.
Missouri Routes 7 and 52 lead through the city. Route 7 enters the city from the east and west, and Route 52 enters it from the north and south.
Much of the city's roads are on a grid layout, so getting around the city by car should be fairly easy.
- 1 Katy Trail State Park, Price Lane. This more than 200-mile long park begins at Clinton. The centerpiece of the park is the Katy Trail, which goes to several trailheads along the way and for part of its length merges with the Lewis and Clark Trail. The trail and the state park it goes through includes many woodland and grassland regions. Horses, bicycles, and pedestrians are allowed.
- 2 Truman Lake (Truman Reservoir). This reservoir begins southeast of Clinton and continues for many miles to a dam near Warsaw. The terrain around the reservoir is more varied than much of western Missouri's terrain, since it is the beginning of the Ozarks region. There is also a Truman Lake State Park toward the western side of the reservoir near the town of Warsaw.
- Downtown Clinton. Around the downtown area are a few buildings owned by the Henry County Historical Society. Some of the downtown is on Franklin Street. In the downtown part of the city is the town square, at the center of which is the Henry County Courthouse.
- 1 Clinton Country Club, 225 Northeast 100 Road, ☏ . This is a golf course area of decent size with a main lake and some woodland areas. However, it is not open to the general public and the country club considers itself to be "semi-private".
- 2 Henry County Historical Society (Museum and cultural center), 203 W Franklin, ☏ . Monday through Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM. The Henry County Historical Society is the main group behind the museum, which includes a genealogy library that is open on weekday afternoons. $5.
- 3 Poague Conservation Area, Northwest 300th Road (Northwest of Clinton near Route 7), ☏ . 4 AM - 10 PM. The Conservation Area may be used by campers, hunters, and fishermen. There are parking areas scattered around the conservation region.
Most stores are scattered along the main highways in the north and east; for example, there is a Walmart store at the junction of Route 7 and Route 52.
A few of Clinton's non-chain restaurants are scattered around the town square. For listings near the town square, the location of the restaurant in relation to the town square is listed.
- 1 [dead link] Ben Franklin Bistro, 106 South Main St (Town square - northeast), ☏ .
- 2 Chel's Cakes and Cafe, 210 South 2nd Street D, ☏ .
- 3 Courtyard Grill & Bar, 100 West Jefferson Street (Town square - southeast), ☏ .
- 4 Mallard's Roadhouse, 201 MO-7, ☏ . 11 AM - 3:30 PM daily.
- 5 Newsroom Restaurant (Town square - southwest), ☏ .
- 6 Shawnee Mound Barbecue, 112 Rives Road (At the northern end of the city), ☏ .
- 7 Square 109, 109 South Washington Street (Town square - northwest), ☏ .
- 1 Dendee's Tavern, 138 North Main Street, ☏ .
- 1 Hampton Inn, 900 Kansas Avenue, ☏ .
- 2 Parkfield Inn, 506 Kansas Avenue, ☏ .
- 3 Westbridge Inn & Suites, 106 S Baird Avenue, ☏ .
- Uncle Gabby's Motel, 10825 MO-7 (Several miles west of Clinton on Missouri's Route 7), ☏ . This motel has sections of the lake to its north, south, and east. It is near a marina called the Long Shoal Marina, making it a good jumping-off point for those who have come to the Clinton area to explore the lake.
- Clinton Conventions & Visitor's Bureau, 200 S Main, +1 660 885-8166