It would be easier to find places in Missouri that AREN’T great for photography. From big cities to country foothills, rivers and lakes, mountains, or just outside your back door, you just have to know what to look for. Here are some great shots taken in Missouri.
1. The Kansas City Zoo
Zoos are a great place to catch pictures of a large variety of animals. This shot was taken at the Kansas City Zoo, but Missouri has several zoos and animal habitats including Animal Paradise and Dickerson Park Zoo in the Springfield area, the St. Louis Zoo and Grant’s Farm in St. Louis, Lazy L Safari Park in Cape Girardeau, and the Promised Land Animal Park in Eagle Rock.
2. Missouri Botanical Gardens
Gardens by design are made to be pleasing to the eye and celebrate the beauty of nature. This photo, taken at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, is an excellent example. Check out more garden shots
3. Ha Ha Tonka State Park
The first of our state park pictures was taken at Ha Ha Tonka State Park. There are more than 50 state parks in Missouri, all with great sights. You can read about Ha Ha Tonka and nine other state parks
4. Elephant Rocks State Park
Another park featured in the link above, Elephant Rocks is named for the giant granite boulders many believe resemble elephants.
5. Katy Trail
Katy Trail is the country’s longest Rails to Trails trail at 240 miles, created from unused train rails being converted into a multi-use trail for biking, hiking, and sometimes horse-riding. 240 miles through nature is an endless supply of great photo-ops.
6. Cathedral Basilica
Churches often contain intricate details and amazing architecture and are great places for pictures. Pictured is Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, a Roman Catholic cathedral built in 1914 and located in the Central West End in St. Louis. See more great church photos
7. Missouri State Capital
In 2013, Rand McNally named Jefferson City America’s “most beautiful small town,” so photography is a must here. Pictured is the state capital building. See more beautiful pictures of small towns
8. Black River
Located in Southeast Missouri and continuing into Arkansas, The Black River is just one of the Rivers and waterways found in Missouri where beautiful scenery abounds. Not sure where to go? There is a map of all the rivers, lakes and water resources
9. Montauk State Park
Another state park, Montauk State Park is another of the 50 Missouri State Parks, located at the headwaters of the Current River, famous for fishing. You can read about this park as well as nine others
10. Random Missouri Countryside
You can find great pictures throughout the Missouri countryside. This is a photo of the largest Burr Oak Tree in Missouri, measuring 90 feet tall and over 300 years old, and located near Columbia.
Where is your favorite place to take pictures in Missouri? Feel free to share your comments and photos below.