“Show Me” Missouri: The Top Tourist Attractions

September 12, 2014 at 1:59 pm

 

If you are searching for a place where you can bring your whole family for a fun vacation, Missouri is surely the place to go.

Missouri’s unofficial nickname is “Show Me” state. Although there are several stories on how the interesting nickname came about, it is probably safe to assume that it has something to do with its people.  Missourians have a generally conservative attitude and are often reluctant to believe in something without sufficient evidence.  Just how perfectly fitting that it also makes total sense as their tourism slogan as one would never get to appreciate how beautiful Missouri is if you don’t actually visit and give the state a chance to show you its sheer beauty. So let’s take a quick virtual trip to some of the best tourist attractions in Missouri.

 

The Gateway Arch

archKnown to be the world’s tallest arch and the largest man-made monument in the Western hemisphere, the 630-foot-high monument Gateway Arch is in St. Louis. It was built to be the centrepiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and became St. Louis’ famous symbol. Although solidly built of steel and concrete, the arch can sway as much as 18 inches, and therefore can withstand an earthquake. Tourists are also allowed to see the arch from its inside and the view is awe-inspiring particularly during early mornings.

 

 

LMT.jpgThe Liberty Memorial Museum

Missouri has numerous museums but if time would limit your visit to only one museum then I suggest you choose The Liberty Memorial Museum. The Liberty Memorial is a museum which was built in the memory of the soldiers who fought and died during the World War I. During the evenings, the grand 66-meter tall Liberty Memorial Tower becomes even more majestic as steam is emitted from the top while being illuminated by bright orange lights, thus giving off the illusion of a burning pyre.

The museum has two theatres dedicated to showing educational narratives about the war. It also houses exhibits, interactive displays and a research center and library museum

 

The Elephant Rock State Park

elehantrock_state.jpgIf you’d rather spend your vacation hiking, bird watching and having picnics, then you’d have to go to the Elephant Rock State Park. The park got its name because of the giant granite boulders standing end-to-end like a train of circus elephants. The park boasts a first of its kind Braille Trail which makes it possible for people with visual and physical abilities to explore the park.

 

 

The Ozark Mountains

ozarksIf you are a serious outdoor adventurer, then you have to spend your vacation somewhere in the Ozark Mountains where you’ll find a number of state parks. Visitors would be able to enjoy physically demanding activities like canoeing, hiking, biking, horseback riding and hunting. Since it would take you a couple of days to do all these activities, you’ll find many cabins, inns and campgrounds for your lodging and accommodation needs.

 

 

These tourist attractions are just one of many in Missouri which just prove how beautiful the state is and that it’s worth visiting.