Missouri July 01, 2016
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.
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. The Mississippi River
It's called mighty for a reason.
2. Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The mosaics (one of the largest collections in the Western hemisphere) are awe-inspiring.
3. Mina Sauk Falls
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
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
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
Missouri is the Cave State for a reason—we've got tons. This one especially is a beauty worth seeing.
7. Meramec Caverns
Just for good measure, here's another gorgeous cave in Missouri.
8. Grand Falls
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
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
The Shut-Ins' smooth, erosion-resistant rocks make this area a natural water park wonderland.
11. Golden Prairie
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
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
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
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
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.
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