What is it? An iconic monument by the Mississippi River in downtown St Louis.
Why go? You can’t visit St Louis without seeing the Arch. The massive riverfront landmark and national park recently had a $380 million makeover, adding an underground museum and renovating 91 acres of parkland. The 630-foot-tall stainless-steel curve is the tallest man-made monument in America, and it pays homage to the role St Louis played in the US’s westward expansion. Take the tram to the viewing platform at the top before visiting the museum’s six new galleries that cover Thomas Jefferson, colonial St Louis, and the industrial revolution.
Missouri may be considered a flyover state, but it has more than enough star attractions to warrant a special trip. Here, pitmasters sling the best barbecue in the country; performers take the stage at some of the oldest and largest theaters; and monuments to WWI and the westward expansion cement the Show-Me State’s historical importance. To top it off, Midwestern hospitality makes visiting all the more pleasant. Read on for the 13 best things to do in Missouri.
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