Tours in Missouri
There are an infinite number of activities to get involved in in the
state of Missouri. The area known as Branson has exploded with
theaters, showplaces, restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, boutiques and
any kind of store or business that relates to the entertainment
industry. With over 100 places to visit, Branson alone can boast of
over 115 attractions itself. Not to mention the mere fact that there
are over 6000 caves to tour, visit and explore in this show me state
that will show you theirs. Branson has so many places to tell you
what is there or for you to plan on seeing, we won't be talking
about them. There are another 100 places that we will spend some
While in St. Louis, take a tour of the City Museum that is wonderful
and full of exciting sights to enjoy. It is an interactive learning
center, with an enchanted forest sitting on many levels, a huge
aquarium and a fun circus. There is also a museum of very weird
oddities that will stretch the limits of your imagination. Take some
time to tour the St. Louis Zoo that is free, with penguins,
elephants and apes living in their own environments. Set within
Forest Park; which happens to be bigger than Central Park, would
beckon you to spend more time than you would have thought. The
famous Clydesdales are here at the Anheuser Busch Brewery for you to
tour and enjoy, with a chance to sample this famous brew. The
Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site is a national park and
historic site of his beautiful home. This architectural home is an
elegant reminder of the greatest general of his time. Get ready to
learn all about this great man that became a president after leading
his country in the bloodiest battles this country ever fought. The
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis contains over 40 million pieces of
tiles set in mosaics taking almost 80 years to complete. Built
sometime in the early 1900s, it is a beautiful monument to the
tenacity and artistic abilities of great artisans.
At the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park you can tour the
fantastic buildings, the awesome monument and other wonderful
sights. The Missouri History Museum is where you will learn the
state's incredible past, as well as the city's and the Campbell
House Museum is another historical home turned into a modern day
museum. Another great museum to visit is the Magic House at the St.
Louis Children's Museum. The Casino Queen is a gambling mecca on a
replica of the 19th century side wheel riverboats, 4 stories high.
In Kansas City, with over 60 marvelous sights to see and visit; you
might try the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, the
only museum of its kind devoted to people, objects and historical
collections found no where else in the world. Modern techniques help
make this museum one of a kind and thoroughly unique in its expanse
coverage of the first war to end wars.
Also in Kansas City, is the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, where
even the title is a remembrance of the past. This museum is very
unique since it contains information about quite possibly the best
baseball players ever. No one knows for sure since these players
were not allowed into the white league that have been known,
recorded and occupied the center of the baseball history. No one
will ever know..
The Arabia Steamboat sunk in the Missouri in 1856 and has been since
brought up and made into a museum with artifacts from the military,
history and transportation eras. The Hallmark Company is located in
Kansas City and holds everything from the beginning of this well
known and loved company until now.
This fabulous city holds a plethora of museums, besides the ones
mentioned above, there is the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kemper
Museum of Contemporary Art, American Jazz Museum, American Royal
Museum, the Kansas City Museum; set in a renovated 50 room mansion,
Toy and Miniature Museum, and the Airline History Museum.
If you love bikes, hogs, motorcycles I mean; then visit the Harley
Davidson Factory here that will fulfill your dreams of the open
roads, wind in your hair and someone fantastic sitting behind you
holding on for dear life.
The start of the famous Santa Fe Trail begins here and is a
wonderful place to walk, hike, bike or jog and view the land that
helped many imagine their way to Santa Fe, Mexico. Or the other
famous trail head that lead west, the largest one and most used for
the travel of dreamers going to a greener pasture loaded with
treasures of gold, land silver and the real American dream; the
For the history buff, you can take a tour called the Gangsters Tour
which will show you where they lived, worked, gangstaed and died.
You would certainly want to visit Union Station while you are here,
site of the infamous massacre.
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Things to do in Missouri
Of course no visit to St. Louis would be complete without a trip the
Gateway Arch, symbolizing the gateway to the west, with its
observation deck, monument and the wonderful historical museum. The
Old Courthouse is another special landmark, where the well known
Dred Scott Case was decided. The Laumeier Sculpture Park is full of
fantastic modern sculptures. Another interesting venue is the
International Bowling Museum Hall of Fame where you can see all the
info about bowling from places all over the world.
With names like Josephine Baker, James "Cool Papa" Bell, Grace
Bumbry, William Burroughs, William Clark, Jimmy Connors, John and
William Danforth, Dizzy Dean, Phyllis Diller, T.S. Elliot, Redd
Foxx, Ulysses S. Grant, Charles Lindbergh, William T. Sherman , Ike
and Tina Turner, Virginia Mayo, Betty Grable, John Goodman, Rogers
Hornsby, Scott Joplin, Vincent Price, Tennessee Williams, Joseph
Pulitzer, Branch Rickey and a famous host of others, it is no wonder
that the St. Louis Walk of Fame is a sight to behold and visit.
There are many more that have been inspirational, heroic, great
speakers, leaders, scientists, actors, singers and the like. This is
one attraction that will take you many pleasurable hours to see and
read the bronze plaques telling you what these amazing and unique
people have done for their country, city and families. Well worth
visiting and doing.
And the list of things to do and tours to take go on, with still the
entire rest of this unbelievable state to visit, tour and enjoy.
With so many places to go and things to see, you can well imagine
the scrumptious meals that can be found here to please your palate.
With world renown chefs, unknown local cooks that have and use
family recipes passed down over many generations, you will not
wonder what to eat, you will have to wonder what to choose, and
where. You will be amazed at the smorgasbord available in this
Traveling around the state will lead you to many historical towns
and cities. One infamous town is Saint Joseph, home to the Jesse
James Home Museum, that contains all the information available about
the famous outlaw, his family and also the stories that rose
afterward. One very interesting display explains how his body was
exhumed in 1995. Definitely worth the visit, if you are interested
in Jesse James and the gang. The Pony Express Museum is here also,
as are a number of interesting museums.
In Independence you will see all the information about Harry Truman,
as well as his home.
The Crystal Cave is in Springfield and an awesome cavern to visit.
The beautiful aura of this cave is beyond words. The Fantastic
Caverns are here also and they are the only ride through cave in
Hannibal, Missouri; ring a bell? Home to Samuel Clemens, aka Mark
Twain, and the place that launched Huck Finn. Twain's home and
museum is a place to visit without a doubt, as well the cave named
after him. You can visit Huck's house, as well as Becky's, then go
see the statue of Tom Sawyer and Huck, and enjoy the Mark Twain
Riverboat Dinner Cruise down the mighty Miss.
If you are passing by or stopping in Carthage, then you really
should stop at the Precious Moments Park that is a sanctuary with 52
inspirational murals depicting the Bible. In the evening, stop at
the 66 Drive-In Theater; one of the last remaining drive-ins still
operating on this famous route.
The national park system has some wonderful parks to visit in this
great state; George Washington Carver National Monument, Harry S
Truman National Historic Site, Jefferson National Expansion
Memorial, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Ulysses S. Grant National
Historic Site and the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. Some of
the most publicized cave are Bluff Dwellers Caverns and Browning
Museum, Bridal Cave, Talking Rocks Cavern, Cameron Cave, Smallin
Cave, Cathedral Cave, Round Springs Caverns, Crystal Cave, Ozark
Caverns, Fantastic Caverns, Onondaga Cave, Fishers Cave, Meramec
Caverns, Jacob's Cave, Marvel Cave and the Mark Twain Cave mentioned
earlier. Inside these underground worlds, you might run into many of
the 900 species of animals found there so far.