MO Posted in Missouri July 01, 2016 by Stephanie Zeilenga 15 Marvels in Missouri That Must Be Seen To Be Believed Can you even believe how amazing this state of ours is? From man-made stunners to natural marvels, we’ve got a lot of eye candy around here. 1. The Mississippi River Missouri Division of Tourism/Flickr It's called mighty for a reason. 2. Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis Mathew/Flickr The mosaics (one of the largest collections in the Western hemisphere) are awe-inspiring. 3. Mina Sauk Falls Randy Watson/Flickr Located in the St. Francois Mountains, this is is the highest waterfall in Missouri. Get there via the 3-mile Mina Sauk Falls Loop in Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. 4. Liberty Memorial Greg Zenitsky/Flickr Located at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, this stunning 265-foot memorial features Egyptian Revival architecture. 5. Grand Gulf State Park Missouri State Parks Called the “Little Grand Canyon,” this park's highlight is its collapsed cave system, which forms a mile-long 'Grand Gulf' with 130-foot walls. 6. Onondaga Cave Nikonian Novice/Flickr Missouri is the Cave State for a reason—we've got tons. This one especially is a beauty worth seeing. 7. Meramec Caverns Tydence Davis/Flickr Just for good measure, here's another gorgeous cave in Missouri. 8. Grand Falls Doug Wertman/Flickr It's not hard to wonder why this is considered one of the most scenic spots in the Ozarks. Grand Falls is the largest, continuously flowing natural waterfall in the state. 9. Kansas City's Community Bookshelf Caleb Zahnd/Flickr Kansas City's Library district features a 22-meter selection of nearly two dozen books. Kansas City residents voted on which titles would be included. 10. Johnson's Shut-Ins Brad Kebodeaux/Flickr The Shut-Ins' smooth, erosion-resistant rocks make this area a natural water park wonderland. 11. Golden Prairie Chris M Morris/Flickr This 630-acre tallgrass prairie, declared a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service, lets visitors see the land like it appeared to the first settlers. 12. The Gateway Arch Missouri Division of Tourism/Flickr When you cross from Illinois to Missouri, you can't miss the Arch's 630 feet of stainless steel beauty. Not only is this monument to westward expansion the tallest arch in the world, but there's also no taller man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere. 13. The McBaine Big Oak Tree Scott Brandt/Flickr The Big Bur Oak in McBaine is beloved by locals. And no wonder—it's the largest tree of its kind in the nation. 14. Daffodils at Shaw Nature Reserve Mellssa/Flickr Visit this 2,400-acre nature reserve in late March or early April to see thousands of sunny yellow daffodils announcing spring's arrival. 15. The Fabulous Fox Joy VanBuhler/Flickr Built as a move theater in the 1920s, the Fox now stages some of the best live theater and music has to offer. Its architecture blends Asian styles for a truly fabulous (hence the name), ornate effect. Can’t get enough of our beautiful state? Check out this collection of jaw-dropping photos!