The Ultimate Missouri Travel Guide

The Ultimate Missouri Travel Guide

Missouri Travel Guide

Missouri: Home to more than 5000 caves, no wonder it’s also known as the Cave State! Missouri has a lot more to offer, the Gateway Arch, theme park, zoo, and obviously, you can’t miss seeing a cave in the Cave State, the Meramec Caverns. Here is my Missouri travel guide outlining major Missouri attractions! 

To make it easy for you to navigate the content, I have organized my Missouri travel guide into two sections. (1) A brief introduction to Missouri, a little history, some geography, commute, and weather. (2) Major Missouri attractions, if you wish, you can skip the introduction and move on to the next section, Missouri Attractions

History: Missouri was admitted to the union on August 10, 1821. The state got its name from the Missouri River, named by the Missouri Indians, which literally means – canoe haver. The state’s nickname, the Show-Me State, was coined by Missouri’s Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver, in his speech in Philadelphia, in 1899. In his speech, he said – “I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me.”

Geography: Missouri is bordered by Iowa on the north and by Arkansas and Tennessee on the south. Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee border Missouri on the east and Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma border Missouri on the west. The state is also often referred to as the Cave State, there are 5600 registered caves in Missouri and more being discovered every year.

Getting There

Flight: Kansas City International Airport (MCI), Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS), and Springfield-Branson Regional Airport (SGF) are the major airports in Missouri.

Drive:  If you live in any of the Midwestern states, you could easily drive to Missouri, via the major highways – I-70, I-55, I-64, and I-44.

Train: Amtrak offers a rail service called Missouri River Runner, connecting – St. Louis, Jefferson City, Kansas City, MO.


Climate: Summers are hot and humid in Missouri, with average temperatures between 80°F – 90°F. Winters are cold, and icy in the majority of the state, with temperatures below 0°F in many places. Spring is mild, and Autumn is quite pleasant. Check current weather conditions in Missouri.

Time zone: Central Daylight Time UTC-5

Getting around: The best way to get around Missouri is to either rent a car or use the light rail service within St. Louis, MetroLink light rail service stops at many of the popular destinations, including parks, downtown locations, and campuses. 

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Best Places To Visit in Missouri

The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot monument in St. Louis, Missouri. This iconic landmark of Missouri is known to be the world’s tallest arch and the tallest human-made monument in the entire Western Hemisphere. The tram ride to the top is a one-of-a-kind experience. The tram travels at an angle that changes contstantly as it moves through the arch. It takes you to the top of the Gateway Arch, the view from the top of the Arch is simply breathtaking. There is a Museum and a Riverboat ride at the Gateway Arch.

Address: 100 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63102, Entrance Fee: I recommend the See Everything Combo ticket – Adults $33 – $40; Children (3–15) $18 – $25; 

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Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City | Missouri Travel Guide

Silver Dollar City is an 18th-century style theme park in Missouri, located between Branson and Branson West. The theme park is open from mid-March through December. The park has a lot to offer – rides, water park, campground, cabins and don’t miss the Showboat – a boat tour with live performance, great food, and beautiful views.

Address: 399 Silver Dollar City Parkway, Branson, MO 65616, Entrance Fee: Several Options, find more details here.

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Saint Louis Zoo

Saint Louis Zoo | Missouri Travel Guide

The Saint Louis Zoological Park is a zoo located in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri. There is a lot to explore and discover, naming some – the River’s Edge Exhibit, the Discovery Center, and the 2 ft narrow gauge Emerson Zooline Railroad that encircle the zoo, stopping at the more popular attractions.

Address: 1 Government Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110, Entrance Fee: Free

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Meramec Caverns

Meramec Caverns | Missouri Travel Guide

There are more than 5,600 registered caves in Missouri, one of them is Meramec Caverns, a collective name for a 4.6-mile cavern system in the Ozarks, near Stanton, Missouri. The caverns were formed from the erosion of large limestone deposits over millions of years. There are guided tours, a light show, and boat tours offered at Meramec Caverns.

Address: 1135 Hwy W, Sullivan, MO 63080, Entrance Fee: Several options, find more here.

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I hope you enjoyed reading the post, The Ultimate Missouri Travel Guide, and I hope it will help you plan your trip to Missouri. I enjoyed the Gateway Arch, especially the ride to the top of the arch, hoping you will love it too!

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