Today we begin a new state in the Bucket List series. We are moving from Kentucky to Missouri. Andrew and I spent three years in Missouri, but as I flip through the Missouri Travel Guide, I realize just how little we actually experienced in a state that has so much to offer. Our first region is the Southeast, a region we rarely visited in our three years there, however, there are just a few attractions listed in this post that we have had the opportunity to visit.
- Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum- This is one place we’ve visited in the region and as Lutherans, we highly enjoyed finding family connections while there.
- Elephant Rocks State Park: This park is filled with giant rocks that you can hike over and around. Best part of Missouri is all state parks are free!
- Bollinger Mill State Historic Site: This location allows you to tour an old mill and walk over an old covered bridge.
- Cuba Missouri’s Historical Murals: A small town located along Route 66, the town’s history is displayed in murals around town.
- World’s Largest Rocking Chair: We stopped to see this roadside oddity just off of I-44 and located on old Route 66.
- Big Oak Tree State Park: Come visit the park where a large oak tree is a National Landmark.
- Saxon Lutheran Memorial: Located just down the road from the Lutheran Heritage Center, it’s another memorial related to how the Lutheran church made it’s beginnings in the area.
- Taum Sauk Mountain State Park: This park is home to the highest point in Missouri.
- Trail of Tears State Park: Park located along the historic Trail of Tears.
- Onondaga Cave State Park: This is one of the most spectacular caves in the country according to the 2018 Travel Guide.
- Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park: This is one park we did visit while living in state. The shut-ins are a unique rocky area along a water way where you can climb and explore. Bring your swim suits!
- Mississippi River Observation Deck: A nice boardwalk overlooks the Mississippi
- New Madrid Historical Museum: The most powerful earthquake in the U.S. occurred in New Madrid and their museum houses details about the quake.
- Missouri Mines State Historic Site: Tour an old mining site.
- The Ozark Trail: Several short hikes can be taken along the area, but the trail as a whole is 230 mi
- Log Cabin Library: This log cabin still houses a library just as it was built to do years ago.
- St. James Winery: This is Missouri’s largest wine producer and offers 40 different wines.
- Vacuum Cleaner Museum: The only one of it’s kind.
- Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary: This is a non-profit big cat rescue.
- Grand Gulf State Park: This canyon was formed when a giant cave collapsed. Now you can see one of the largest natural land bridges in Missouri.
- Ozark National Scenic Riverways: This is another area we have visited. I would like to return to see more in this large area.
- Rocky Falls: Part of the National Park Ozark National Scenic Riverway.
All attractions found in the 2018 Missouri Travel Guide.