Sightseeing in the Show-Me State


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Tours , Museums , museum exhibits , museums
There are plenty of things to see in Missouri, from Kansas City to St. Louis and everywhere in between. Make sightseeing in Missouri a vacation priority.
Author: David Bennett

Sightseeing in Missouri: Even More Than Meets The Eye

Sure, you could visit every fascinating place in Missouri on an extensive sightseeing tour – if you set aside about five years. However, because most of our vacation time is just a bit shorter than that, we're providing a few insider tips on fun things to see in Missouri.

Sightseeing in Missouri's Past

One Missouri adventure takes you not only to lovely Jamesport, but back in time as well. The guide at Step Back in Time Tour tells you about the largest old-order Amish community west of the Mississippi River, where the residents live according to the traditions of their ancestors. He provides many insights during the two-and-a-half-hour tour. Stops include an Amish home and farm, where all work is conducted without electricity; an Amish country store; an Amish bakery; and visits with Amish families who share stories about their lives and the importance of maintaining traditions.There are plenty of things to see in Missouri – Jamestown is a truly unique one.

High Horsepower Harley Sightseeing Tours

Rev up the horsepower at the Harley-Davidson Factory Tour, in Kansas City. You don't have to be a motorcyclist to enjoy these sightseeing tours which offer a look at how a true American icon is made. Step onto the vast factory floor, where you'll witness everything from laser cutting to frame bending to assembly. Technology fans of all ages love the opportunity to witness one of the coolest things to see in Missouri: advanced robotic welding. During the tour, sit on current production motorcycles and imagine what it feels like to zip down the open highway on a “Hog.”

Sightseeing in Missouri Has Gone To the Dogs

On the opposite side of the state, the focus turns from “hogs” to dogs. Pay homage to man's best friend at the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog. Sightseeing tours of this whimsical and wonderful St. Louis museum include one of the largest collections of dog-related art in the United States, including works by renowned 19th and 20th century artists. Be sure to check out the “All-Star Dogs Hall of Fame,” made up of beautiful murals by artist Stephen Hubbell. Sightseeing in Missouri couldn’t be any cuter or cuddlier.

Witness History on a Sightseeing Tours Inside the Capitol

There are plenty of things to see in Missouri – particularly the in Jefferson City, when you tour the seat of Missouri's government: the Missouri Capitol. Free sightseeing tours depart the rotunda hourly, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (except noon), Monday through Saturday. Follow your knowledgeable guide to learn the history of this fascinating building and equally facinating state. Covering three acres, on a hilltop, facing the Missouri River, the Capitol enjoys a reputation for being historically significant and architecturally stunning. The iconic dome soars 238 feet above ground; enormous columns, massive bronze doors and a height-of-grandeur staircase add to the beauty. Additionally, the building contains the Missouri State Museum (included in the tour), the perfect place to learn more about the Show-Me State's rich history.

Sightseeing in the Cave State

Missouri is known as the Cave State, so naturally (get it?) caves are one of the most breathtaking things to see in Missouri. For an attraction that stretches even further back in time, head to Fantastic Caverns, on the north side of Springfield. Experience the magic of the only ride-through cave in America; a jeep-drawn tram conveys you through amazing natural caverns, along the path of an underground river – it is a ride you’ll never forget.

Sightseeing in Missouri isn’t about where you are. Throughout the state, there are things to see. You don’t have to look hard to find them, you just need to clear your calendar for the next decade or so. 

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

  American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog
A fine arts museum devoted to man's best friend; home to one of the largest collections of dog art in ...

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

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

  Fantastic Caverns
America's Only All-Riding Cave Tour. The cave is toured by Jeep-drawn trams. Since you ride all the ...

  Harley-Davidson Factory Tours
The 358,000-square-foot Harley-Davidson Vehicle and Powertrain Operations in Kansas City, Mo. was built ...