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8 of the Most Beautiful Places to See in Missouri



 Cradled on Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers, this state was an essential center of commerce and transportation in the early years of America. Monuments have been built to relive the state’s rich history, so its no wonder why the people here are very proud of where they came from. This state also hails the maker of the world-famous Budweiser beer and home to the largest beer-producing plant in the country. Check out the list of the most beautiful places to see in Missouri, aka “Show Me State!”

1. St. Louis Gateway Arch

This city’s symbol and icon commemorates St. Louis’ role in the expansion of the United States westward in the nineteenth century. Standing at 30 feet tall, this monument is a gateway to the west. Should you want to explore and see the view from the top, you can take an elevator to the viewing deck. At over 600 feet, it is the tallest man-made monument in the state. Climbing up to the top will give you a clear view of the city skyline. This memento is in the Jefferson Expansion Memorial Park, a place dedicated to the role of Thomas Jefferson and the other pioneers who paved the way to the westward expansion.

2. Branson

Branson, Missouri
Photo Credits: City of Branson

Claiming to be the “live country music capital of the universe”, Branson prides itself with the many music palaces and venues that host some of the country’s greatest singers. Drawing about hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, Branson has a good base suited for excursions in the Ozark Mountains. Other natural attractions include Talking Rocks Cavern and Table Rock Lake State Park. If you’re in the mood for an adrenaline rush, go to Silver Dollar City and try the different rides out there. You may also check out the Hollywood Wax Museum Branson, Ziplines, the Dolly Parton Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction- created in the Wild West style.

3. Grand Falls

Grand Falls, Missouri
Photo Credits: The Joplin Toad

Known in Missouri as the largest continuously flowing natural waterfall, this grand spectacle is one of the most beautiful places to see in Missouri. Located on Shoal Creek, just about south of Joplin, is this over 12 feet tall and 160-foot wide stature. During seasons of high water, the falls reach about a height of 25 feet. They also built an artificial dam to provide water to the residents of Joplin. Tourists who would like to witness the most picturesque destinations should definitely pay a visit to this natural landmark. One of the reasons why it’s a perfect site is because it flows all-year long unlike some of the other higher falls.

4. Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park

Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, Missouri
Photo Credits: Trover

A mix of pink granites and blue-gray rhyolites, all formed through a volcanic activity led to this unique natural wonder. The wilderness of the geography of Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park makes it an ideal place beyond sightseeing. You can also go hiking, camping, or simply having a picnic under the warm sun. Make sure to do research on the best time to come here prior to your trip to avoid large crowds. Insider tip though, book your trip during the weekdays and avoid coming in during winter and summer cause these are the peak seasons.

5. Osage River

Osage River, Missouri
Photo Credits: Flickr | Jen Faust

This over 800 km long river got its name from the Osage Indians. Not only does it span as far as 500 miles, but it also offers a magnificent lush of green space and monumental cliff formations. Constructed in the early 1930s, Osage River has become a source of power for the residents of St. Louis. Towards the center of this river, the Osage River is dammed by Bagnell Dam which in turn encloses the Lake of the Ozarks. Flowing generally easterly, the Osage River changes its course to flow northeasterly for its last stretch where it joins the Missouri River.

6. Onondaga Cave State Park

Onondaga Cave State Park, Missouri
Photo Credits: Elizabeth Gomm

Found in the southeast of the village of Leasburg, The Onondaga Cave State Park is one of the most beautiful places to see in Missouri. With the collection of uniquely formed stalagmites and stalactites, there’s no doubt why people often refer to Missouri as “The Cave State” The Onondaga Cave is considered to be a National Natural Landmark because of its magnificent rock formations. This underground gem is open for tourists, guided tours that often lasts an hour and a half are also offered. You can also visit the nearby Meramec River in which you can try water activities like fishing and canoeing.

7. Missouri Botanical Garden

Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri
Photo Credits: Flickr | Chris Yunker

A true National Historic Landmark, the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the US. Upon its opening in the 1860s, the Missouri Botanical Garden has served as an essential research hub for different plant species globally. This massive land measures over 32 hectares and includes a Japanese walk-through garden called “Seiwa”. You may also find a children’s garden, a wellspring territory, and a water locking framework that mirrors the mechanisms of the Panama Canal. It continues to be a center of excellence in the field of cultivation and management of plant species, as well as one of the most beautiful places to see in Missouri.

8. Sandy Creek Covered Bridge

John H. Morse built the Sandy Creek Covered Bridge in the early 1870s providing access from St. Louis to the Jefferson County seat of Hillsboro. It is now a publicly owned property with a rare example of the Howe-truss design, named after William Howe. The patent specifically used vertical rods. The rods bound the wooden parts against the top and the bottom of the bridge. The bridge resembles an old-red barn which provides an attractive rustic vibe for locals and visitors alike.

Missouri surely knows what to show to its locals and visitors. With the scenic landmarks and historical museums, it has a lot to offer than what we see on the surface. There’s also no end to all the fun and exciting activities all over the state. Visit Missouri now!

A writer trying to explore the world, one beautiful place at a time.