After spending the day exploring history along Route 66 in Litchfield or playing the day away on the popular Lake Lou Yaeger, a great way to spend some time is by driving less than an hour away to the city of St. Louis Missouri. Hope of 55 and head south with us as we take a closer look at some of St. Louis most popular attractions, a great day trip from Litchfield.
Gateway Arch – easily one of the most popular attractions in the city, Gateway Arch is an icon and one worth exploring. Built to honor those traders and explorers who settle the region long ago, it is shaped like the cover on a covered wagon. Operated by the National Park Service it is a total of 630 feet tall and 630 feet wide at the base. Each leg is 54 feet wide and made of steel and concrete. Visitors can journey to the top, learn more about it in movies or explore the Museum of Westward Expansion.
Missouri Botanical Garden – another popular site in St. Louis is the Missouri Botanical Garden. First founded in 1859, the garden is the oldest in the nation and is a center for research. Within its boundaries, the Garden offers 79 acres of displays including one of the world’s largest collections of rare and endangered orchids.
St Louis Zoo – the St. Louis Zoo is great for an afternoon or even an entire day. Home to almost 20,000 animals, it is 90 acres in size and welcomes of 3 million visitors each year. Founded in 1910, this zoo has come to represent one of the most diverse and beautiful zoos in the country.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery – another popular site is the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Visitors to this popular site can enjoy a complimentary tour to take a closer look at how this popular beer is crafted. First founded in 1852, this is one of the oldest breweries in the country. Visitors to this location will also enjoy learning more about the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales and their stables on your visit.
Cahokia Mounds – last on our list are the Cahokia Mounds. Located in Collinsville IL, Cahokia Mounds are a popular destination for anyone in the region who is interested in history. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982, this site is a well preserved example of the early settlers of this land who lived here from 700 AD to around 1400 AD. These mounds help tell the story of this ancient people and how they lived.
Bill Bailey Litchfield Illinois
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