Missouri April 17, 2020
11 Staggeringly Beautiful Places In Missouri That Will Always Be Waiting For You
Life might be pretty uncertain for all of us right now – whether we’re essential workers or sheltered at home. One thing, however, is certain. We have so many beautiful places in Missouri just waiting for us to visit when restrictions start to ease. If you haven’t already started making a list of things you want to do in the not-too-distant future, here are 11 places that are worthy of consideration.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Johnson’s Shut-Ins – Middle Brook
Expect natural beauty no matter what time of the year you visit Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, where you'll find Johnson's Shut-Ins. If you're visiting in the summer, however, be sure to wear your swim suit. The shut-ins provide the perfect way to cool down and have a little summer fun.
for the official website of Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.
2. Table Rock Lake – Branson
Pair the natural beauty of Table Rock Lake, in Branson, with a full menu of fun activities, and you've got the perfect day out. The lake offers several areas for swimming (although there are no designated beach areas), or you can spend your day on the like. Popular activities include kayaking, canoeing, and boating.
for the official website of Table Rock Lake.
3. Meramec River
The Meramec River is, undoubtedly, one of the most staggeringly beautiful places in Missouri. If you visit Meramec State Park, you can drink in the natural beauty on a floating, canoeing, or rafting trip.
for the official website of Meramec State Park.
4. Dogwood Canyon – Lampe
You definitely don't want to forget your camera when you visit Dogwood Canyon, where you'll find a ton to do. Explore the gorgeous grounds on a horseback riding tour, by bike, or on a segway tour. You can even stop by the canyon's restaurant, which boasts spectacular views of a tumbling waterfall.
for the official website of Dogwood Canyon.
5. Grand Falls – Joplin
Missouri's bursting with breathtaking waterfalls. One of the prettiest is, undoubtedly, Grand Falls. The "largest continuously flowing natural waterfall" in the state, Grand Falls provides an ideal backdrop for a picnic and a swim in the cool water.
for the official website of Visit, Joplin.
6. Meramec Caverns – Sullivan
Billed as Missouri's buried treasure, Meramec Caverns promises an adventure. Join a half an hour guided tour of the natural wonder, or join the longer Cavern Tour. However, that's just the beginning of the fun. You can also go ziplining, climbing on the climbing wall, and on a float trip when you return above ground.
for the official website of Meramec Caverns.
7. Gateway Arch – St. Louis
Drink in sensational views of the St. Louis skyline from atop the Gateway Arch, one of Missouri's most treasured landmarks. After your journey to the top of the Arch, consider visiting The Museum at the Gateway Arch or embarking on a river cruise past the Arch.
for the official website of the Gateway Arch.
8. Blue Spring – Eminence Township
Jaw dropping views await at Blue Spring, a natural area for more than four decades. Wear your hiking boots and hit the Blue Spring Trail. The nearly three-mile trail will take you right to the beautiful spring.
for the official website of Blue Spring.
9. Powell Gardens – Kingsville
Stroll through Kansas City's spellbinding Powell Gardens. The botanical gardens feature seven themed gardens, including the Fountain Garden, the Heartland Harvest Garden, and the Perennial Garden.
for the official website of Powell Gardens.
10. Clifty Creek Natural Bridge – Dixon
Set off on the Clifty Creek Natural Area Trail, which spans 2.5 miles, and leads to the breathtaking Clifty Creek Natural Bridge. Snap photos of the stunning 40-foot long natural bridge that crosses over Clifty Creek.
for the official website of Clifty Creek Natural Bridge.
11. Elephant Rocks – Belleview
Elephant Rocks State Park is definitely one of those bucket list-worthy destinations. Home to the natural Elephant Rocks, rocks naturally shaped like elephants in a circus line, the park also features hiking trails and picnic tables.
for the official website of Elephant Rocks State Park.
What do you think are the most beautiful places in Missouri? Let us know in the comments! If you don’t have the
Black River on your must-visit list, you’ll definitely want to add it now. After all, it is the clearest river in Missouri. Address: 148 Taum Sauk Trail, Middle Brook, MO 63656, USA Address: Table Rock Lake, United States Address: Meramec River, Missouri, USA Address: 2038 West, MO-86, Lampe, MO 65681, USA Address: Grand Falls Blvd, Joplin, MO 64804, USA Address: 1135 Hwy W, Sullivan, MO 63080, USA Address: 11 N 4th St #1810, St. Louis, MO 63102, USA Address: Blue Spring, Eminence Township, MO 63638, USA Address: 1609 US-50, Kingsville, MO 64061, USA Address: 21671 MO-28, Dixon, MO 65459, USA Address: 7390, 7406 MO-21, Belleview, MO 63623, USA