Attractions June 29, 2017
The Lighthouse Road Trip In Missouri That’s Dreamily Beautiful
While Missouri isn’t a coastal state, you can still find beautiful lighthouses on our rivers and lakes. This road trip will allow you to see four amazing lighthouses in one day. From beautiful resorts to historic landmarks these lighthouses are worth the visit.
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1. Stormy Point Villages - Branson
While the Stormy Point lighthouse isn't actually helping boaters navigate dark waters, it is helping vacationers find a relaxing getaway. This gorgeous lighthouse is connected to the clubhouse of Stormy Point Village in Branson. Overlooking Table Rock Lake, visitors to the resort have the opportunity to climb to the top of the lighthouse to take in the amazing view. Find the lighthouse at 36 Cape Cod Dr, Branson.
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2. Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse - Hannibal
The Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse sits atop Cardiff Hill in Hannibal. This lighthouse is surrounded by 10 acres of park and offers amazing views of the city and the Mississippi River. The lighthouse was built in honor of Mark Twain's 100th birthday in 1935. However, the current structure is newer and dates back to 1963 after the first lighthouse was lost to a wind storm in 1960. Unfortunately, you cannot go inside the lighthouse but if you climb the 244 steps to the top platform you can get an up-close view. Find the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse at E Rock St, Hannibal.
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3. Duck Club Yacht Club - St. Charles
The Duck Club Yacht Club in St. Charles sits in a marina on the Mississippi River. At the entrance to the marina is the Duck Club Yacht Club lighthouse. While the club is private, the lighthouse grounds are open to the public. This lighthouse is operational but visitors are not allowed inside the structure. Find the lighthouse at 6257 Hwy V, St Charles.
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4. St. Louis Water Intake #1 - Chain of Rocks Bridge, St. Louis
The lighthouse visible from the Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis is actually a historic water intake building. In the late 1800's until the mid-1900's, this intake brought water from the Mississippi River into processing centers for residential use. Before the Chain of Rocks Lock and Canal was operational, barges had to navigate treacherous waters around the intakes, thus both were manned and lit. While the intakes are not accessible they are visible from the Chain of Rocks Bridge at Riverview Dr, St. Louis.
Have you been to any of these lighthouses? Let us know about your visit in the comments below.