Missouri is a state in the Midwestern United States. It is the 21st most extensive of the fifty states, with 114 counties and the independent city of St. Louis. Its four largest and most popular urban areas are Kansas City, Springfield, St. Louis, and Columbia, and the state capital is Jefferson City. Missouri is geographically diverse, with dissected till plains in the north and a dissected plateau in the south, divided by the Missouri River.
What to see & do
Gateway Arch – The Gateway Arch is a large structure in St. Louis built as a monument to the westward expansion of the country. The stainless steel arch is 640 ft (192 m) tall, owing it the titles the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, the world’s tallest arch, and Missouri’s tallest accessible building. It is situated on the west bank of the Mississippi River. The building is open to the public; there is an underground visitor centre below the arch and an observation area at the top. The top can be reached via sets of 1,076-step emergency stairs, a 12-passenger elevator, and a tram in each leg.
Saint Louis Zoo – Saint Louis Zoological Park is a zoo located in the Forest Park in St. Louis. One of its more unique features is a 2-ft narrow gauge Emerson Zooline Railroad, with passenger trains that take guests around the zoo and stop at some of the best attractions. The park zones in Saint Louis Zoo are Lakeside Crossing, River’s Edge, Discovery Corner, The Wild, Historic Hill, and Red Rocks. There are approximately 19,000 animals of 655 species present in the zoo.
Elephant Rocks State Park – The Elephant Rocks State Park is named for its large granite boulders that resemble pink elephants. The park has thirty picnic sites and a 2-kilometre circular interpretive trail called the Braille Trail, as well as other spur trails.
How to get around
Train service Amtrak travels from St. Louis to Kansas City twice daily, with stops at Kirkwood, Washington, Hermann, Jeferson City, Sedalia, Warrensburg, Lee’s Summit, and Independence. MetroLink light rail is an extensive mass transit system that provides access to several of the key destinations in the state. Missouri is also served by a network of intercity buses with fixed-route systems, as well as taxis.
How to get there
One of the major airport hubs in Missouri is Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, serving Greater St. Louis. It is located 16 kilometres northwest of downtown St. Louis. The airport is served by several airlines to provide scheduled commercial flights between St. Louis and other U.S. states, as well as certain cities in Canada and Mexico. Another major airport is Kansas City International Airport, formerly Mid-Continent International Airport, 24 kilometres from Kansas City. The airport receives flights from Canada, other parts of the United States (such as Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit, New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Denver). Another major airport in Missouri is Springfield-Branson National Airport, formerly Springfield-Green County Airport, located 8 kilometres northwest of Springfield. The airport is served by Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Express, with nonstop service between Springfield and 11 other U.S. cities.