Stellar Sights for that Unusual Photo


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Tours , Museums , museums , family activities , Family Fun
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Author: H&L Partners

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

Seek adventure on a sightseeing tour underground when you visit Bridal Cave, two miles north of Camdenton. Prepare to be wowed by the amazing rock formations in this ageless 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 give information about Missouri’s history, our natural resources and the role the state played on both sides of the Civil War. Free, guided sightseeing tours of the Capitol are available on weekdays.

In St. Joseph, photography opportunities abound at the Victorian Gothic sandstone Wyeth-Tootle Mansion. The site 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 history of those times in the town of Marshall, when you take the Marshall Civil War sightseeing tours. This fascinating, self-guided driving tour takes you past points of interest, including the courthouse, churches and cemeteries. Brochure and maps are available at Chamber of Commerce 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 vistas of the historic town and the mighty Mississippi River – the inspiration for many of the stories 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. This is a must-do photo opportunity. 

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 sightseeing tours, shopping and dining. Restored 19th-century buildings house shops, restaurants, museums, bed and breakfast inns, a winery and a micro-brewery. Peruse a vast variety of items, from teas and books to artwork and fine jewelry.

  Bridal Cave/Thunder Mountain Park
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 ...