Memorable Missouri Destinations

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Sightseeing / Tours , Museums , museums , children's museum , museum exhibits , Family Fun , family activities
What a Sight
Author: Hoffman Lewis

Throughout the Show-Me State, sightseeing opportunities abound. You’ll find fascinating places commemorating all manner of historic eras and events.


Visit the town of Fulton to see the Berlin Wall Breakthrough Sculpture, made from eight sections of the actual Berlin Wall. President Ronald Reagan dedicated this 11-foot-high, 32-foot-long sculpture one year after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Breakthrough’s position on the Westminster College campus carries a special significance. Created by Edwina Sandys, Sir Winston Churchill’s granddaughter, the sculpture stands next to the National Churchill Museum. In 1946, Sir Winston delivered his Iron Curtain speech on the Westminster campus.


Architecture buffs and anyone interested in religious art should not miss the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Designated a Cathedral Basilica by Pope John Paul II, in 1997, the sanctuary houses the world’s largest collection of mosaic art, covering virtually every wall and ceiling. Take a tour Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. In the basement, visit the Mosaic Museum (open seven days a week) to learn how the beautiful tiles are created and applied, and see a variety of important religious objects.


Admire nature’s beauty from the 120-foot-long Mississippi River Observation Deck, located in the town of New Madrid. This deck allows visitors to view eight miles of the mighty Mississippi; also visible is the New Madrid Bend, which played a strategic role in the Civil War. 


Stroll the streets of a lovely and historic Missouri town when you take the Boonville’s Walking History Tour. This self-guided tour covers more than 20 fascinating stops, including the 1905 Hotel Frederick; the First Presbyterian Church (constructed in the spectacular Baroque style); the Old Jail; the Spanish Mission-style Katy Depot; and the Thespian Hall (the oldest surviving theater west of the Allegheny Mountains).


The lovely spring weather draws visitors to the Lake of the Ozarks, where countless fun, family friendly activities can keep you busy for days. Between April 18 and 21, in the lake town of Camdenton, celebrate the 63rd Annual Dogwood Festival. This city-wide festival includes, among many other activities: crafts; entertainment; a parade; pageants; a carnival; a fish fry; and a golf tournament.  


In Kirkwood, visit a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the greatest and most significant architects of the 20th century. The Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park exemplifies Wright’s “organic architecture.” The home – the first of just five Wright buildings in Missouri – features all of its original Wright designed furniture and fabrics. Shown Wednesday thru Sunday, by reservation only.


Celebrate a significant slice of Americana with a visit to the Route 66 Museum. This fun, interesting place, located in Lebanon, includes re-creations of a 1950s gas station and a classic diner, plus numerous displays of antique cars and a collection of Route 66 books.


Want to mix and mingle with the movie stars – without needing a hard-to-get invitation to a Hollywood party? Visit the Hollywood Wax Museum in Branson. Impress your friends by having your picture taken with a star: you’ll “meet” amazing, lifelike replicas of Hollywood A-lister stars of TV and movies. Get right into the action by joining Forrest Gump on his bus bench; confront Frankenstein; and hopping inside Jeannie’s magical bottle.


Embark on an unforgettable subterranean adventure at Bonne Terre Mine. Named “One of America’s Top 10 Greatest Adventures,” by National Geographic Magazine, this five-level mine provides an incredible experience. Explore the depths of Bonne Terre, one of the world’s largest human-made caverns. On the bottom three levels, you’ll find a one-billion-gallon, 17-mile-long lake, with boat tours and guided scuba diving. The mine’s top two tiers provide a one-hour walking tour, showing were miners dug out lead with pick and shovel in the 1860s.


 Berlin Wall "Breakthrough" Sculpture
On November 9, 1990, one year after the fall of the Berlin Wall, United States President Ronald Reagan ...

 National Churchill Museum
In 1946, at Westminster College in Fulton, Winston Churchill delivered one of the most significant speeches ...

 The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The Cathedral is home to the largest collection of mosaic art in the western hemisphere, probably the ...

 Mississippi River Observation Deck
Eight panoramic miles of the Mississippi River are visible from this 120-foot-long observation deck, ...

 Boonville's Walking History Tour
Take it all in. See the sights of Boonville on this self-guided walking tour, featuring more than 20 ...

 Hotel Frederick
The hotel, built in 1905, holds twenty-four guestrooms, many with a view of the Missouri River. King ...

 The Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park
An outstanding Frank Lloyd Wright designed house, with original Frank Lloyd Wright furniture. In a park-like ...

 Route 66 Museum
Take a self-guided tour of this museum, which features recreations of a 1950s gas station and a classic ...

 Hollywood Wax Museum – Branson
Come play with the stars. Step into some of your favorite films and TV shows and rub elbows with your ...

 Bonne Terre Mine
National Geographic calls Bonne Terre Mine: "One of America's Top 10 Greatest Adventures." One of the ...