The Missouri Division of Tourism is looking for traveler photos to feature on its Facebook page, other social outlets and possibly in the Official Missouri Travel Guide, which will have nearly a half-million copies in circulation and be distributed nationwide.
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Whether visitors are interested in the arts or architecture, nature’s beauty or man-made marvels, the Show-Me State has a variety of photo-worthy sights to enjoy. Here is a list of some of the most photogenic spots in the state for those who may not know where to begin.
Most people know Missouri as home to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. The Arch is one of the most photographed structures in the world, and as the tallest man-made monument in the U.S., it deservedly gets its share of acclaim.
Beyond the Arch, there are countless other places to admire in the Show-Me State.
Here’s a quick look at six photo-worthy places for visitors to enjoy – and share on social media using #MissouriAdventure – the next time they travel in Missouri.
Part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways near Eminence in Southeast Missouri, it’s said that Blue Spring was called “Spring of the Summer Sky” by Osage Indians. The blue color is striking and worth the short hike to the spring’s observation deck. At 300 feet, it’s Missouri’s deepest known spring.
Tucked among homes and businesses in St. Louis’ Central West End, the Cathedral Basilica is a work of art. Lots of them, actually. Inside the Cathedral, visitors find the largest collection of mosaic art in the Western hemisphere. Some 7 million mosaic tiles adorn the interior.
Towering over downtown Jefferson City, the Capitol, like Cathedral Basilica, is a work of art. Huge columns and a statue of Thomas Jefferson adorn the south side of the building, while the north (river-facing) side has ornate stairways and beautiful landscaping. Inside, murals and other works of art turn a tour of the Capitol into an unforgettable experience.
Among the fun roadside attractions on Missouri’s stretch of Route 66 is the World’s Largest Rocking Chair, found at the Fanning 66 Outpost near Cuba, Mo. True to its name, this is one big chair, standing 42-feet, one-inch tall.
One of the most recent additions to Kansas City’s beautiful skyline, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, is wow-worthy, whether visitors are stopping by for a show or a tour of the fantastic structure. After sunset, interior and exterior lights help the center shine as brightly as the stars performing there.
One of the Midwest’s most beautiful bodies of water, Table Rock Lake has miles of tree-lined shoreline to enjoy and appreciate – and is a stone’s throw from the fun and entertainment of Branson. Whether visitors are up early to fish for bass in the morning, enjoying a sun-soaked afternoon, or taking a stroll near twilight, Table Rock is flat-out pretty.
For even more photogenic sites around Missouri, here are eight more ideas for visitors to consider the next time they need to go on a photography binge: the Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn statue at the foot of Cardiff Hill in Hannibal; the Columns on campus at the University of Missouri-Columbia; Historic Main Street in St. Charles; The Missouri River near Remington Nature Center in St. Joseph; Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Camdenton; Alley Spring Mill near Eminence; The Chapel at Top of the Rock in Ridgedale (Branson); The neon, “Springfield – Birthplace of Route 66” sign at Best Western Rail Haven in Springfield.
Visitors should remember to share photos from these and other Missouri locations with @VisitMO on Instagram and Twitter and use #MissouriAdventure.