Can’t-Miss Missouri Destinations

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Museums , museum exhibits , museums , historic , historic monuments , historical society , Historic Sites , outdoors
Quite the Sight
Author: Hoffman Lewis

We don’t mean to brag, but here in Missouri, we pretty much have it all. Vibrant art? Of course. Rich history? Absolutely. Interesting sights? You’d better believe it – and you’ll want to take a camera to capture all of the amazing things you'll see.

Channel your inner adventurer with a trip to Clifty Natural Bridge, outside of Dixon. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and enjoy an invigorating 2.5-mile loop trail from the Clifty Creek Conservation Area’s parking lot to the natural bridge and back and admire the lovely scenery along the way. The change in elevation exceeds 200 feet as you move up and down the lay of the land.

For an adventure of a different sort, visit the Jesse James Home, in St. Joseph. Learn about the life of this fabled American outlaw. View articles he carried throughout his career, along with James family artifacts. See the spot where he was gunned-down in 1882.

In Springfield, another Wild West legend lives on at the Wild Bill Hickok Gunfight Site. A historic marker designates the spot where Wild Bill and his foe, Dave Tutt, carried out their famous gunfight. See custom artwork showing what happened during the duel. Find out more about Hickok, who became a larger-than-life figure as a soldier and lawman.

Embark on a trip back in time at the Johnson County Historical Society. The society opens its doors to visitors every afternoon (and even hosts live music on Sundays). Stop by this interesting Warrensburg destination and see a restored one-room schoolhouse, as well as the 1838 Johnson County Courthouse. Also, the Historical Society houses rare records from before the Civil War.

The legislators works in Jefferson City–you can take a fascinating tour of their office: the Missouri State Capitol. This historically and architecturally significant building spans three acres. Admire the massive bronze doors and the 30-foot-wide grand staircase. Inside the Capitol, learn about the state’s history when you visit the Missouri State Museum. Take a guided tour of the Capitol and view the grand rooms where many of our state’s most important decisions take place. An interesting note: contrary to popular belief, the front of the Capitol is the north side; the building faces the river.   

Experience a peaceful way of life when you visit the Amish Community of Jamesport. Explore on your own, and you can take a guided tour with Step Back in Time Tours (the tour guide joins you in your car, RV or bus). Home to the largest Old Order Amish settlement west of the Mississippi River, this tranquil area offers beautiful scenery, great food, wonderful shopping and an abundance of friendly folk. Treat yourself to something sweet at one of the bakeries; savor true down-home cooking in an Amish restaurant; take home a hand-made souvenir from a wood working shop and a basket-weaving studio; learn about the Amish lifestyle from the many business owners and residents.

 Clifty Natural Bridge
A very scenic 2.5 mile loop hiking trail leads from the Clifty Creek Conservation Area parking lot to ...

 Jesse James Home
Jesse James was murdered in this house on April 3, 1882, by fellow gang member Bob Ford. The home includes ...

 Wild Bill Hickok Gunfight Site
Visit the site where the nation's first recorded quick-draw gunfight occurred; it helped solidify James ...

 Johnson County Courthouse
The circa 1838 courthouse was the site of the 1870 Old Drum trial, famous for George Graham Vest's closing ...

 Johnson County Historical Society
The library exhibits county artifacts. There is a research facility for local history, genealogy, and ...

 Missouri State Capitol
The Capitol, completed in 1918, covers three acres in downtown Jefferson City. The dome rising 238 feet ...

 Missouri State Museum
The museum is located inside the Capitol. There are two galleries on the main floor. The displays cover ...

 Step Back In Time Tours
Step Back in Time Tours is a Receptive Tour Operator with a Step-on-tour guide service. Jamesport is ...