Missouri has something for everyone. Whether you are a weekend warrior, geologist, history buff, or beer connoisseur, Missouri has something you’ll like.
This may come as a surprise. Most people associate the Midwest as nothing but a black hole of corn fields around Chicago.
Keep reading to find out about just a few places to visit in Missouri. See how it earned its name as the Show Me State.
1. St. Louis
Everyone knows about the Gateway Arch. But have you ever heard of Forest Park?
Millions of people come to this 1,300-acre park. And who can argue?
It boasts a zoo, a science center and more. It also contains America’s largest outdoor musical theater on its grounds.
You can also check out the Soulard district for some barbecue and blues.
And if sports call your name, don’t miss the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.
2. The Ozarks
When nature calls the soul, Missouri provides plenty of options. The Ozark mountains stand tall in the South. This company provides countless ways to explore and experience the great outdoors.
Lake of the Ozarks, a breathtaking reservoir, sit in northern Missouri. You can camp or stay in more comfortable resorts nearby. Take time to enjoy the water and the sights.
3. Kansas City
Do you love war museums? Kansas City has what you seek.
The World War I museum contains a huge collection of artifacts. You can also learn from interactive displays and first-hand records of the events.
You can also head to the Nelson Atkins Museum. If you happen to be in town on a Thursday, stop by for free live music. Or, if you are short on time, just visit the sculpture garden.
Whatever you do, admission remains free because culture should belong to everyone.
4. Places to Visit in Missouri
What to do when you crave the great outdoors but struggle with agoraphobia? Head to the Meramec Caverns. It is conveniently located on Route 66.
You will want to hire a tour guide and come prepared to walk. The caverns stretch for 4.6 miles and have seven levels. There are plenty of sights to see inside as well.
The mirror room has water so calm it reflects the ceiling perfectly.
5. For the Love of Literature
Hannibal, Missouri sits about 100 miles from St. Louis. At first glance, you might wonder why you should even bother.
But if you like a good story, you might know the name “Mark Twain.” He grew up in Hannibal. Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer had many of their adventures in Hannibal as well.
This spot has as much for the kids as the adults. Two caves, a lighthouse and a train museum will keep you busy all day.
More Than Just Cornfields
Yes, the midwest has plenty of cornfields. But, as the original frontier, it contains so much rich history as well.
Hopefully, this tiny taste of places to visit in Missouri has left you hungry for more. In reality, you could go to Missouri a dozen times without seeing all it has to offer.
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