Missouri Top 10 Attractions

While the famous Arches come to mind when Missouri is mentioned, there are numerous historical and cultural landmarks found in the state. Because it is so easily accessible from practically anywhere in the country, Missouri continues to bring thousands of tourists, to see both natural and historic attractions. It’s hard not to get excited about such a dense collection of American history and legacy. These are our favorite top 10 tourist attractions in Missouri.

1: Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch
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No trip to Missouri would be complete without exploring the many sights and sounds of the Gateway Arch. Known as the country's tallest monument, its iconic shape has attracted thousands of visitors for over 40 years now. Visit the Journey to the Top for an amazing view of the entire city, explore the Museum of Westward Expansion for some culture and history, and learn about the state through its educational programs for kids and adults.

Address: 100 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63102

2: Saint Louis Zoo

Saint Louis Zoo
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Take your children to the Saint Louis Zoo where they will get to interact with the animals and learn how to conserve the environment in their own ways. Visit the River's Edge for a thrilling exhibit where elephants and cheetahs roam, visit the Discovery Center where your kids can pet cute and furry rabbits and goats, and have a lovely, relaxing stroll through the Historic Hill to see some interesting 1920s architecture that houses primates, birds and reptiles.

Address: 1 Government Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110
Website: www.stlzoo.org

3: Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City
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If you are looking for the best place for extreme fun and excitement, visit the attractions at Silver Dollar City. Experience the thrill of the American Plunge, the Electro Spin, and the Grand Exposition Coaster. Have a blast at the arcades while you play games and win prizes. Let the kids spend several hours of fun and recreation at the Geyser Gulch, known as the world's Largest Treehouse.

Address: 399 Silver Dollar City Pkwy, Branson, MO 65616

4: Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum

Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum
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Revered as one of the greatest American authors ever, Mark Twain’s home is a living museum in Missouri, giving tourists an intimate view of the life of Twain, where he write his most famous book: "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer". The home is filled with tons of original memorabilia, all original furniture, and plenty of accompanying information to read more about his life.
It is also worth mentioning Mark Twain Cave, also located in Hannibal Missouri. This is the very cave that was referenced in five of his books. Coincidentally, this cave also served as a hiding place for the notorious robber and fugitive Jesse James.

Address: 120 N Main St, Hannibal, MO 63401

5: Forest Park

Forest Park
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Located in St. Louis, Forest Park is the perfect place for those who love natural beauty and the outdoors. Covering more than thirteen hundred acres, there are both indoor and outdoor attractions and activities that you can look forward to here. Some of these include the hugely popular Saint Louis Zoo, Turtle Park, the Forest Park Golf Course, the Saint Louis Science Center, and some stunning lakes and water features. There is something here for people of all ages, making it the perfect place to bring your family for a fun and exciting day out.

Address: 5595 Grand Dr, St. Louis, MO 63112

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