Missouri might be described as a flyover state. Sure, you might stop there on your way to somewhere else, but you probably have never booked an actual trip there. That’s a shame because Missouri is actually an incredible place to visit. It’s truly stunning with grassy verges that seem to roll along next to you as you travel the roads of this gorgeous state. There are the looming peaks of the Ozark mountains as well as that’s not even mentioning the countless attractions that await you around every bend. From museums to incredible architecture and exciting adventures there’s something for everyone in this state. Of course, if you don’t believe that, perhaps we should look at the best opportunities in the Midwest, planted firmly between Kansas and Kentucky.
Travel Back To World War I
If you’re visiting Kansas City, then you should definitely think about checking out the National World War I museum. It’s probably the closest that you can get to a time machine and will take you on a journey that charts the beginning or the way to its end. The design of this museum is wonderful. To get inside, you’ll cross a glass bridge underneath which 9000 red poppies grow. Each poppy is a symbol for 1000 deaths caused by the war.
This is the official USA WWI museum and holds some fascinating artefacts. You probably know quite a lot about WWII, but the Great War has been lost in time for many people. This will provide you with the startling and horrific info you’ve probably missed over the years. It’s a great option if you want to free your kids from the education drought over the summer vacation.
Let’s Go To The Zoo
Actually, this isn’t just a zoo. The St. Louis Zoological Park is a leading organization in both research and conservation. If you’re interested in how animals are saved and what we need to do protect them, this is where you want to go. There are some incredible sights to see here too including a jungle filled with monkeys and a country of big cats. Yes, you can see lions, tigers and much more as well as a house filled with butterflies. It’s an incredible world to explore.
While most zoos are purely there to entertain, this place. You can find information and exciting research all right here that could pave the way for the future of animal conservation efforts.
Paint The Flowers
Well, okay, don’t paint the flowers but you can gaze at them in wonder in the Botanical gardens of Missouri. These gardens are the perfect escape if you’re looking to break away from urban life and surround yourself in nature. They are very much a natural paradise, and they are not too far from the Zoo. Founded in 1859, it’s another centre of scientific discovery and research but is open to the public as well.
You can traverse all 79 acres, and while that’s bigger than Disney World, we think it’s well worth the walk. You will love seeing the incredible Japanese garden at the heart of North America, and it’s also home to some great festivals. Once you discover these gardens, you’ll see there is no need to paint the flowers. They are already a beautiful array of different colours.
The Wonders Of The Wine Trail
If you’re visiting Missouri and you love wine, you need to visit Hermann. A German community, this has been a home for winemaking since the early 1800’s. There’s a Weinfest each year to enjoy if you visit at the right time and of course, that’s just the beginning. You can tour the incredible vineyards that have been grown and tended to right here and travel the Hermann Wine Trail. There are plenty of great events too like the Chocolate Wine Trail, and yes, it’s exactly as it sounds.
The best part is that there are lots of places to stay nearby and that’s exactly what you’ll want to do. One day won’t be enough to appreciate this spectacular haven and neither will one glass!
Meramec State Park
Let’s move on to another natural wonder of the state and explore Meramec State Park. Journey deep underground here, exploring Fisher Cave. Arguably, this is the most well-known cave in the area, and it’s quite a sight to behold with stagnates hanging from the ceiling. Don’t worry, they won’t fall, this cave is hundreds of years old. Of course, the cave is just the beginning. There are rivers, glades forests and much more to explore here.
You can go fishing in the river or even head for a swim. If you’re journeying to this destination forget the hotel. You can camp in the park, and you will love waking up surrounded by spectacular views and indeed sights of nature. There really is nothing quite like it.
Explore The Wild, Wild West
World War I isn’t the only historical event that you can explore in Missouri. You can also think about heading to St. Joseph. Founded in 1853 this small town is an incredible piece of western history. It’s the birthplace of the Pony Express, and it’s where Jesse James died. It’s also where Marshall Mathers grew up, but that’s another story altogether.
St. Joseph has a whole museum dedicated to Jesse James, and if you don’t know the tale, it’s a fascinating story. You can even see the bullet hole from the bullet that finally ended his life.
But there’s more than just history here. St. Joseph is firmly embedded in the present. There are great shops, wonderful places to dine and much more that the kids and adults will love alike. Once you have explored St. Joseph continues down the trail of the Missouri River for some truly incredible and breathtaking views.
Take To The Waters
You might want to explore central Missouri. The crown jewel of this location, deep in the Northern section of the Ozark Mountains is probably the Lake of the Ozarks. This lake is completely man-made and is actually one of the largest artificial lakes in the world. It’s very popular as a holiday destination due to the stunning backdrop and the fact that it’s a great spot for water sports. Hand gliding, jet skiing and boating are just some of the activities that you can get up to on the lake. While, around this location, there are also incredible hotels and a full-sized golf course with some very difficult holes to try.
This lake is really the perfect place to unwind, relax and just let your stress melt away.
See The Sights
Missouri has hundreds of miles of roads to explore. However, if you don’t fancy taking this adventure, there is another option. You can take the Branson Scenic Railway. The historic trip is truly incredible and will take you on a round trip across around forty miles of mountains. It’s an incredible journey and one that you don’t want to miss out on. It will take you through deep tunnels and up the mountains themselves while the cars of the train provide panoramic views of the surrounding environment.
Indulge In Modern Art
When you grow tired of looking to the past, we not explore the present and even the future in the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis. The incredible collection has a number of key pieces from the world’s most renowned modern artist, and the building itself was designed by the brilliant architect Brad Cloepfil. Thought provoking, innovative and attractive. The art on display here is sure to impress.
The Gateway Arch
It’s cool, it’s incredible, and it’s completely eye-catching. Visit Missouri, and we dare you not to go and see this impressive work of architecture and indeed art. The 630-foot high monument is an incredible tribute to Thomas Jefferson’s plans for the St. Louis Western Expansion. While that may have never come to be, this monuments stands proud. You can even ride to the top in a cable car for an absolutely breathtaking view. Though, those who are scared of heights should probably give it a miss.
Saint Louis Science Center
Perhaps you’re eager to take your kids on a trip this year. Rather than heading to the theme parks or beaches, you might be looking for something a little different and a little more educational thought just as spellbinding. That’s where Saint Louis in Missouri is the perfect choice because it’s home to an incredible Science Center. Connected to an astounding three stories tall Planetarium. There are lots of great activities and adventures to explore here perfect for adults and the kids. Though, perhaps the best thing about this is that it’s not all fun and games. You can learn a lot by exploring this destination from a mission to Mars to a life science lab and much more. An Omnimax theatre also provides a completely immersive experience.
We hope you see now that Missouri is not to be missed and it’s filled with countless opportunities that we’re sure you will absolutely adore.