Some of Missouri's Spectacular Sights

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driving tour , Organized Tours , walking tour , Sightseeing / Tours , historic , Historic Sites , National Historic Site , State Historic Site
More Than Meets the Eye
Author: H&L Partners
Throughout Missouri, amazing sights are around every corner. Everywhere you go, you’ll see something astonishing, old and new, entertaining and educational – more reasons we are called the Show-Me State.

Take an unforgettable tour of the 1836 Missouri State Penitentiary (decommissioned in 2004) in Jefferson City. The prison was 100 years old when Alcatraz began taking inmates. People (including the guys from History Channel favorite American Pickers) travel from all over to visit this historic and haunting place. The penitentiary is open for tours conducted by former corrections officers, guards and wardens. Learn about the prison’s rich history; visit cells of such famous inmates as Sonny Liston and James Earl Ray; see the control center; stand in the exercise yard; venture into the dungeon cells; and sit in the two-seat gas chamber. Choose from a standard and extended history tour; an overnight ghost tour; and a photography-session tour.

Take steps back in time on Boonville’s Walking History Tour. On this self-guided walking tour, you see highlights of the history of Boonville. Explore more than 20 points of interest, including The Old Jail and Hotel Frederick.  

A fabulous day of sightseeing goes underground with a trip to Bridal Cave, four miles west of Camdenton. Suited for subterranean explorers of all ages, the one-hour guided tours depart every 15 minutes. Walk on concrete pathways, in 60-degree comfort, through an amazing landscape of stalactites and stalagmites. Be sure to check out the Bridal Chapel, a room within the cave where more than 2,500 brides and grooms have said “I do” underground.

Go from under the earth to far above it with Lake Ozark Helicopters. These reasonably priced helicopter tours (beginning at $29 per person) allow passengers to admire the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks region. Choose from six routes – all will amaze you with gorgeous aerial views. Daily tours are offered through the end of September; beginning in October, please call to make an appointment. Want a preview of your aerial adventure? Watch this two-minute You Tube Video where Jerry Bice, president of Lake Ozark Helicopters, shows you what a helicopter trip is like.

Hannibal enjoys a reputation as one of our state’s most charming and storied towns. Mark Twain drew inspiration from the river city known as “America’s Hometown,” and many of his most famous novels take place there. But did you know that Hannibal has a supernatural side? Learn more on a Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tour. Join other ghost-seekers on a driving tour as your guide reveals many secrets of Hannibal’s haunted places. Stops include the Old Baptist Cemetery and the mansions on Millionaire’s Row, among other ghostly sites.  

Discover the fascinating past of St. Joseph, courtesy of one of our VisitMO trip ideas: Heroes to Outlaws in St. Joseph. History lives there – from the bravery of the Pony Express riders to the dirty deeds of Jesse James. Included in this itinerary are the Pony Express National Museum and the Jesse James Farm and Museum.

For another great VisitMO trip idea, follow The Way of the American Genius - Part 2 across northwestern Missouri. This excellent itinerary introduces you to many legendary Missourians along the way, with stops including the General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site in Laclede, and the Patee House Museum in St. Joseph.

Explore the history and beauty of the Mississippi River town of Cape Girardeau. The Cape Girardeau Downtown Walking or Driving Tour takes visitors to 19 points of interest, some dating all the way back to the early 1800s. This self-guided tour includes, among many other sites: the Cape River Heritage Museum; the Mississippi River Tales Murals; and Old St. Vincent's Church. Stop for some barbecue and other lip-smacking selections at Port Cape Girardeau, a restaurant and lounge occupying one of the oldest (1830s) standing structures west of the Mississippi River; this 40 second video will make your mouth water.


 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 ...

 Bridal Cave
Cave tours travel over concrete pathways, through the cave's 60-degree Fahrenheit environment. One-hour ...

 Lake Ozark Helicopters
Take a helicopter tour to experience a unique view and all the beauty of the Lake of the Ozarks. We ...

 Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tours
A spine-tingling, guided driving tour around one of the most haunted towns in America. Come aboard our ...

 Buchanan County Courthouse
The two-story courthouse, built in 1873, houses the courtroom where the Ford brothers were tried for ...

 Pony Express National Museum
On April 3, 1860, a lone rider, the first of his kind, left Pikes Peak Stables in St. Joseph, marking ...

 The Jesse James Farm and Museum
Jesse James, son of a Baptist minister, was born at the family home in Kearney, in 1847. Barely 16, ...

 General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site
General of the Armies John J. "Black Jack" Pershing (September 1860-July 1948), was and is the highest ...

 Patee House Museum
In the Patee House Museum, you can climb aboard an 1860 train and ride a vintage carousel—indoors. ...