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7 Breathtaking Views in Missouri
You don’t need to venture far this summer to find some of the most stunning views in the country. That’s right; Missouri has a variety of amazing wonders. From the mighty Mississippi to world-renowned architecture and underground lakes, this state truly has it all. Add these spots to your summer bucket list for some views and adventures that you won’t soon forget!
1. Caving Expedition
If you dreamed of going on adventures fit for Indiana Jones as a child, a visit to Meramac Caves must be added to your escapades this summer! This cave system stretches for more than 4 ½ miles in the Ozarks and is the perfect place to get out of the summer heat. Wander past stunning stalactite formations, and ponder how in the world they hang there without crashing to the cavern floor. Take in the eerie silence as you feel yourself being transported to another world. Yet when you return to the surface, you’ll be pleased to find that home is not far away.
2. Glass Chapel in the Woods
Situated in the Ozark woodlands, the Thorncrown Chapel towers amongst the trees at nearly 50 feet. The magnificent structure is made of native wood and contains 425 windows that flood the interior with natural light. Designed by distinguished architect E. Fay Jones, this chapel has won a number of prestigious awards. The American Institute of Architects has even celebrated this construction as one of the top buildings of the twentieth century. It’s no surprise that this stunning chapel is a popular destination wedding spot. But even if wedding bells aren’t in your near future, you can visit this chapel in the woods to see its grandeur for yourself.
3. Dinner with a View
The mighty Mississippi River certainly makes the cut as one of Missouri’s most beautiful landmarks. Enjoy a front seat view of our nation’s largest river at Keller’s, where the river setting isn’t the only draw. After enjoying the games on the casino floor at Isle® Casino Cape Girardeau, head upstairs to Keller’s, a place where Southern comfort meets elegance. Take in the panoramic views with a craft beer or artisan cocktail in hand, and be sure to save room for food! You won’t want to miss the classic selection of steak and seafood offerings served up each Sunday evening.
4. Picnic in the Park
If it’s culture and natural beauty you seek, Forest Park in Saint Louis is your one-stop destination. Forest Park covers 1,300 square acres, which means you can find something new in this Saint Louis gem during each visit. With an art museum, planetarium, multiple restaurants and a zoo, Forest Park really does have something for everyone. Whether you come to picnic or workout, you’ll surely have no problem understanding why this has been noted as one of the world’s most beautiful urban parks. For one of the most iconic views in Saint Louis, look no further than the World’s Fair Pavilion. It was built in 1909, yet is still one of the park’s major attractions to this day.
5. Underwater World
Named by National Geographic as one of America’s “Top 10 Greatest Adventures,” Bonne Terre Mine should be on every Missourian’s radar. This mine is one of the world’s biggest man-made caverns and is open to the public for guided walking and boat tours. If that doesn’t sound adventurous enough to you, consider scuba diving in this 17-mile-long lake. That’s right, get your wet suit ready for a dip in the largest fresh water scuba diving venue in the world. The size isn’t the only thing that makes Bonne Terre famous. Lights above the water’s surface grant divers more than 100 feet of visibility below. If this attraction is good enough to be mentioned by Nat Geo, it certainly deserves a spot on your summer bucket list.
6. Wine Tasting on the Hill
Wine lovers need not venture all the way to Napa Valley or the south of France to enjoy a glass of their favorite beverage. Jefferson City is home to Canterbury Hill Winery and Restaurant, which has patio views as delectable as its wine. Sample them all, or choose a bottle. If wine isn’t your thing, don’t worry. “The Hill” offers a generous selection of beer and cocktails as well as sophisticated bites.
7. Take the Plunge
For one of the best outdoor adventures Missouri has to offer, head to Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park. With hiking trails, shaded campsites, waterfalls and picnic spots, there truly is something for everyone in this Missouri gem. For an adventure and a view like nothing you’ve ever seen, visit the parks’ natural springs. Volcanic stone has blocked a section of the Black River, creating natural swimming pools. This area feels like a waterpark, except the slides and pools are carved from stone instead of made from plastic. Go ahead and jump in! A trip to this state park is a perfect way to cool off in the hot summer months while enjoying Missouri’s natural beauty.
From the natural beauty of the Mississippi to architectural feats like World’s Fair Pavilion, it’s hard to say which of Missouri’s views are best. Make it a point to get out and explore our beautiful state this summer. You might just find some surprising views of your own!