Missouri has so many beautiful places to see and interesting places to explore that it’s hard to choose a destination. Here are a few spots that are not to be missed.
1. Alley Spring and Mill, in the Ozark National Scenic Waterways
The Mill is operated as an Ozarks history museum. A one room schoolhouse and general store nearby add to the feeling of a restored historic hamlet at this beautiful location.
2. Trail of Tears Monument, Route 66, Jerome
A beautiful place with an amazing backstory.
3. Ha Ha Tonka State Park
The best hiking trail is the one that takes you along beautiful scenery to an old abandoned castle.
4. Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
This beautiful 1914 building is a cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church located in the Central West End area of St. Louis.
5. Downtown Kansas City
You never know what you’ll find exploring Missouri’s largest city.
6. Meramac Caverns
Meramec Caverns is a 4.6-mile cavern system in the Ozarks, near Stanton.
7. Bonne Terre Mine
Founded in 1860, Bonne Terre Mine is one of the world’s largest man-made caverns. They offer boat and walking tours.
8. Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park is an 11.7-square-mile state park in the Missouri Ozarks adjacent to John's Shut-ins State Park. The park contains the rock field Missouri's High, Missouri’s highest point, and Mina Sauk Falls, Missouri’s highest waterfall.
9. Roaring River State Park
This beautiful state park is located in Barry County and consists of 4,093.38 acres.
10. Onondaga Cave State Park
Established in 1982, Onondaga Cave State Park is located on the Meramec River approximately 5 miles southeast of the village of Leasburg.
11. Elephant Rocks State Park
This state park in the Saint Francois Mountains is known for its large granite boulders resembling pink elephants.
12. Grand Falls
Grand Falls on Shoal Creek is the largest, continuously flowing natural waterfall in Missouri.
13. Forest Park
Visit one of their museums, the zoo, or the historic buildings, or just wander around and enjoy the beautiful park.
14. Castlewood State Park
This gorgeous park on the Meramec River in St. Louis County also features the World Bird Sanctuary.
15. Johnson’s Shut Ins
Johnson’s Shut-Ins, known as “nature’s waterpark” covers 8,647 acres on the East Fork Black River in Reynolds County.