Vacation Bucket List: Missouri
Thinking of visiting Missouri? Nicknamed the ‘show me state’, Missouri has a lot to see and do. Here are just some of the activities worth trying whilst in this state.
Take a hike
Missouri has over 90 state parks to choose from and consequently no shortage of hiking trails. It’s most popular natural attraction is the Ozarks – particularly the mighty Lake of the Ozarks, which covers 84 square miles and is a popular resort. You can find lots of lodging in West Plains, Missouri that’s perfect for a rural getaway, offering a good base to go exploring from. There are also plenty of campsites in the state with scenic locations.
Explore a cave
Missouri has a reputation for containing lots of fascinating caves – there are over 6000 explored caves to choose from. Fantastic Caverns is one of the most popular caverns, offering jeep tours of its impressive rock formations. There’s also Bridal Cave, which has become an exotic wedding venue, and Marvel Cave, which is part of a theme park and has one of the largest cave entrances in the world. Most of the caves can be found in the Ozark mountains – by simply driving around the region you’re certain to stumble across one.
Taste the beer
Beer lovers will also enjoy one of Missouri’s top attractions – it’s multiple brewery tours! Craft beer is a big deal in Missouri and there are many different tours to choose from, particularly around St. Louis and Kansas City. There’s even a Budweiser brewery here for those wanting to learn about the brewing process behind this world-famous lager. On top of its many beers, Missouri is also a major producer of wine and there are a number of vineyard tours and wine tasting events to be found across the state.
Visit a museum
There are also plenty of fascinating museums in Missouri. It’s in this state that you’ll find the Titanic Museum dedicated to the infamous ship that sunk in 1912. There’s also the American jazz museum in Kansas City, dedicated to the country’s history of jazz. The state also has a number of art galleries to choose from including Saint Louis Art Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Nelsons-Atkins Museum of Art.
See the sights in Saint Louis
Both Kansas City and Springfield have their fair share of attractions, but Saint Louis is the city with the most worthy sights. The 630 ft Gateway Arch has become the city’s most iconic landmark, built in 1967. There’s also the mighty Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, which is well worth looking inside. There are lots of tours that you can take of Saint Louis, including walking tours, boat tours, and even hot air balloon rides. There are also food tours of the city that allow you to taste the cosmopolitan flavors on offer.
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