Missouri is a state famous for the Ozarks and the valleys cut across by Missouri river. From museums to parks, there is something for everyone. Here are the 7 wonders of this spectacular state called Missouri.
1. Gateway Arch, St. Louis
At 630 feet, the Gateway Arch is the tallest monument in USA and undoubtedly the cynosure of Missouri. The awe-inspiring shape of this magnificent structure was designed by renowned architect Eero Saarinen. The main attractions of this monument are a journey to the top, visit to the museums and attending a couple of educational programs at the venue. Your visit would not be complete without a photo of yours standing under the arch.
2. Wine Country Gardens, Defiance
If you want to experience the countryside of Missouri then head to Wine Country Gardens. Located in Defiance, the gardens are just a 45 minute drive from St. Louis. The vineyard is set in a picturesque backdrop of hills and has a wine tasting bar and a spacious patio café.
3. Berlin wall, Fulton
The Winston Churchill Memorial at Fulton was founded to honor the erstwhile President of the country. Replete with history and culture, this memorial also exhibits a piece of the Berlin wall. The wall was acquired by Churchill’s granddaughter in honor of his Iron Curtain Speech.
4. Butterfly House, Chesterfield
Being a part of the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Butterfly house is a must visit for all nature enthusiasts. This is a very special garden that houses thousands of rare and wild butterfly species. The flora and fauna are maintained according to the habitat of the butterflies living here and visiting this place. March is the perfect time to visit the garden when you can witness a variety of rare migratory species.
5. Harry Truman Library, Kansas City
The library is dedicated to the only president from this state – Harry S Truman. Apart from a whole lot of books on American History, the library displays exhibits on the life and times of Truman and also his Presidential years.
6. Missouri Botanical Garden
Founded in the year 1859, this 79-acre garden is one of the oldest gardens in the country. In addition to the flora, the garden is also a center for education and conservation, science and horticultural displays. While you are here, do visit the special herb gardens, Japanese garden, Tower Grove House and the Climatron among many others.
7. Elephant Rocks State Park
The park is famous for its red granite boulders shaped like elephants. It is very popular among history buffs and children. It is also famous for its rock trails that wind through the thicket and lead to many picnic-worthy spots. Fall is the best time for the year when the park turns into a riot of color.