Stellar Sights for that Unusual Photo

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Everywhere you look in Missouri, you’ll find amazing sights. From natural wonders to beautiful buildings, the Show-Me State offers it all.

Take your sightseeing adventure underground when you visit Bridal Cave, two miles north of Camdenton. Prepare to be wowed by the amazing rock formations in this natural cavern. Guided tours utilize concrete pathways, making Bridal Cave a great destination for spelunkers of all ages.

Learn fascinating facts about our great state when you spend time at the Missouri State Museum, in Jefferson City. Located within the gorgeous (and historically important) environs of the Capitol, this museum features a wide variety of displays. Exhibits share information about Missouri’s history, our natural resources, and the role the state played on both sides of the Civil War. Free, guided tours of the Capitol are available on weekdays.

In St. Joseph, the Victorian Gothic sandstone Wyeth-Tootle Mansion reflects the town’s late 19th-century prosperity and cultural interests. Inside the stately home, view walnut woodwork and oil-on-canvas ceilings. History buffs, take note: The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion displays personal belongings of the notorious Jesse James.

Missouri played a major role in the American Civil War – on the Union and the Confederate sides. Learn about that time in the town of Marshall’s history when you take the self-guided Marshall Civil War Driving Tour. This fascinating tour takes you past points of interest, including the courthouse, churches and cemeteries. Brochure and maps are available at Chamber office, and the Saline County Historical Society.

In Hannibal, enjoy an amazing panoramic view at the Cardiff Hill Park Lighthouse and Statues. Climb 244 stairs and be rewarded by sweeping views of the historic town and the mighty Mississippi River–the inspiration of native son Mark Twain. A t the bottom of the steps stands a 1925 bronze statue of a Twain’s best-known characters, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.

Great views of Kansas City surround you at the Observation Deck at City Hall, located on the 30th floor of the third-tallest building in Kansas City. The neo-classic building contains many wonderful Art Deco details, including sculpted brass elevator doors illustrating Kansas City’s four major modes of transportation, as well as elaborates brass light fixtures. An impressive frieze depicts the early settlement of Kansas City.

Step back in time when you visit Historic Main Street, in St. Charles. The nation’s largest nationally registered historic district, this beautiful area offers excellent shopping and dining. Restored 19th-century buildings house restaurants and stores. Peruse a vast variety of items, from teas and books to artwork and fine jewelry. Once you work up an appetite from all that shopping, enjoy a meal at one of several great restaurants.

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

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

 Wyeth-Tootle Mansion
A 1879 Victorian Gothic sandstone mansion, which illustrates the cultural and economic history of 19th ...

 Marshall Civil War Driving Tour
A self-guided driving tour of several Civil War points of interest, including an execution site, courthouse, ...

 Cardiff Hill Park Lighthouse and Statues
This park, with its panoramic view of Hannibal and the Mississippi River, is reached by 244 stairs which ...

 Observation Deck at City Hall
View Kansas City from the 30th floor of City Hall, the third tallest building in the city; one of the ...

 Historic Main Street St. Charles
Once named the Williamsburg of the West by Southern Living magazine, this Main Street region is Missouri's ...