This Road Trip To Missouri’s Most Majestic Castles Is Like Something From A Fairytale

Castles aren’t just something you see in Medieval-era movies. In fact, Missouri is home to quite a few that are speckled throughout the state (see for yourself, here and here)! Castles are such charming, magical places to explore, offering a glimpse into another world entirely. Enjoy some of the best castles in the state by embarking on this castle road trip in Missouri, which can be done all in one epic weekend!

Have you been to any of these castles before? Aren’t they spectacular? Drop a comment below and let us know what you think about our castle road trip in Missouri!

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Address: 1451 E Pythian St. Springfield, MO 65802
Address: 2001 Vine St. Kansas City, MO 64108
Address: 19349 Bothwell State Park Rd. Sedalia, MO 65301
Address: 19224 Hwy. Sedalia, MO 65301
Address: 1491 State Road D. Camdenton, MO 65020
Address: 1700 Martins Branch Rd. Fordland, MO 65652
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Castle Road Trip In Missouri

May 16, 2021

What are some other unique road trips in Missouri?

If our castle road trip in Missouri got you inspired to explore more of our beautiful state, you’ll love these unique road trip adventures, as well! If you're into all things spooky, we have a trip of eerie trips just for you! This haunted road trip through Missouri explores a creepy old mansion, winery, and prison -- and that's just the tip of the spooky iceberg! Our Ghost Town Road Trip visits some of Missouri's most notorious ghost towns, and we guarantee even the bravest will be spooked by Georgia City, a haunting little locale where the only sign of its former life is a creepy cemetery. Finally, this road trip travels to some truly spooky abandoned places in Missouri, including an abandoned amusement park, hotel, and brewery. If you're more into the magical than the macabre,

What are some fairy tale places to visit in Missouri?

After visiting the amazing castles on our road trip, you may be in the mood for more magic and fairy tales! Luckily, Missouri is a very enchanting state, full of fairy tale places and attractions. In New Bloomfield, the privately-owned Prairie Garden Trust is a literal secret garden that features woods, ponds, streams, rocky bluffs, rolling fields, and much more. Over in St. Joseph, Barbosa’s Castillo is a castle restaurant serving up some of the very best Mexican food in the Midwest! And Marceline, an idyllic small town located about 125 miles northeast of Kansas City, actually served as the inspiration for Walt Disney! All of the Disney Parks feature a "Main Street USA" area, with colorful storefronts, candy shops, hair salons, and other general stores. Missourians will be proud to know that this globally known street was based off downtown Marceline, a truly magical place!

What's the most famous castle in Missouri?

That honor would probably go to Pythian Castle, which is famous both for its beauty, and haunted lore. Pythian Castle’s story begins in 1913. Built by the Knights of Pythias, the castle served as an orphanage in Springfield in its earliest days. By World War II, the castle’s purpose changed course, instead housing prisoners of war from Germany and Italy. Those who were injured were cared for while those who could work were put to work. Today, the castle is privately owned and welcomes guests for a variety of tours, including a history tour that gives insight into the castle’s rich and storied past. And these stories are quite haunting... Pythian Castle has earned status as a “certified haunted castle” by such TV shows as "Ghost Adventures." Pythian Castle offers ghost tours to those brave enough to risk a chance encounter with one of its many rumored spirits. We'll pass, thanks!