Missouri features outdoor activities year-round, from hiking and camping in lush forests, to cross-country and downhill skiing in the winter. Missouri offers an array of state parks, as well as the Mark Twain National Forest, to explore. When it comes to national historical landmarks, Missouri offers more than 30, including the famous St. Louis Arch, the Anheuser-Busch brewery, homes and memorials of many famous Americans, and even the Patee House, which was the eastern terminus of the Pony Express.
Mark Twain Museum
Mark Twain's childhood home has been preserved since 1912 as a museum dedicated to this popular writer. It features not only his former home, but the homes of local individuals who inspired his characters, including Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn. The museum also includes an interpretive center, a gallery, and a chance to meet Mark Twain himself. Approximately two hours are recommended for the museum complex.
Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum
120 North Main Street
Hannibal, MO 63401
Ste. Genevieve is a small, friendly town that also happens to be the oldest European settlement in Missouri and one of the oldest towns west of the Mississippi. The original community was settled by the French around 1735, and the area has remained constantly settled since that time. The historical district features eight buildings, including a tavern and a trading post, as well as several family homes, that date from throughout Ste. Genevieve's history. They offer excellent insight into America's colonial past.
Ste. Genevieve Historical District
Ste. Genevieve Missouri 63670
Graham Cave State Park not only offers hiking, camping, and fishing, but it is also home to one of the most important archeological sites in the United States. Evidence found in this cave indicated that humans had occupied America long before historians previously thought, back to 10,000 years ago. Visitors can enter the cave and look at the site of the discovery. The cave is still an active archaeological dig, so the entrance is the only partly accessible to casual visitors.
Graham Cave State Park
217 Hwy. TT
Montgomery City, MO 63361
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Beau Prichard has been a freelance writer and editor since 1999. He specializes in fiction, travel and writing coaching. He has traveled in the United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico and Australia. Prichard grew up in New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing from George Fox University.