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
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.
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.