#80 best destination in the world

City Museum, St. Louis

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Best time to travel: April-May, Sept-Oct
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Museum whose exhibits consist largely of repurposed architectural and industrial objects, housed in the former International Shoe building
  • Opened in 1997

Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis

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Best time to travel: April-May, Sept-Oct
Walk difficulty: Easy
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Garden whose herbarium contains more than 6.6 million specimens
  • It is the second largest herbarium in North America, behind that of the New York Botanical Garden

Silver Dollar City, Branson

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Best time to travel: March-May, Sept-Oct
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • 1880s themed park opened in 1960, and located in Stone County, near Branson
  • Silver Dollar City’s operating season runs from March until December

National WWI Museum and Memorial, Kansas City

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Best time to travel: April-Oct
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Designated in 2004 by the United States Congress as America’s official museum dedicated to World War I
  • The National World War I Museum tells the story of the Great War and related global events from their origins before 1914 through the 1918 armistice and 1919 Paris Peace Conference
  • Visitors enter the exhibit space within the 32,000-square-foot facility across a glass bridge above a field of 9,000 red poppies, each one representing 1,000 combatant deaths

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

Best time to travel: April-Oct
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Art museum in Kansas City, known for its encyclopedic collection of art from nearly every continent and culture, and especially for its extensive collection of Asian art

Gateway Arch National Park

Best time to travel: April-May, Sept-Oct
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • National park located in St. Louis, near the starting point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • The national park consists of the Gateway Arch, a steel catenary arch that has become the definitive icon of St. Louis, built in 1965
  • The park is along the Mississippi River on the site of the earliest buildings of the city, and the museum at the Gateway Arch

Saint Louis Art Museum

Best time to travel: May-Oct
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Art museum with paintings, sculptures, cultural objects, and ancient masterpieces from all corners of the world
  • Its building stands in Forest Park in St. Louis, and features contemporary artists, as well as regular exhibitions of new media art and works on paper