Exploring the Heartland: Discover the rich history, vibrant culture and breathtaking landscapes of this Midwest destination.
Did you know January 4th is National Missouri Day? It’s a special occasion that commemorates the 24th state to join the union. To celebrate, Free Country invites you to explore the wonders of the Show Me State. Whether you're cruising along the Mississippi, sipping at a famous brewery or soaking in the picturesque views of national parks, find out why Missouri is a real gem in the heartland of America.
Gateway Arch National Park
Explore the grounds of this 91-acre park situated in the lively downtown St. Louis area. Don't miss the iconic Gateway Arch: The towering 630-foot architectural marvel holds the title of the nation's tallest monument, symbolizing America's westward expansion. Hop on a tram ride to the top for stunning panoramic views of the Mississippi River and the cityscape.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Spread across 80,000 acres of protected land, this national park is a haven for nature enthusiasts and outdoor lovers. Boasting crystal-clear springs, serene rivers and captivating caves, it's a paradise for hiking, wildlife spotting, canoeing and exploring the unique landscapes that make up the Ozarks.
Elephant Rocks State Park
Head southwest to this state-owned geologic reserve and public recreation area. The free-entry park showcases billion-year-old granite boulders resembling a train of circus elephants. Wander the trails and tunnels carved by these colossal rocks or climb the ancient giants for sweeping vistas of the surrounding forests. Pack a lunch for some alfresco dining—there are 30 picnic sites nestled among the awe-inspiring formations.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour
No trip to Missouri is complete without a stop at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in St. Louis, the largest brewing company in the nation. Take a guided tour for exclusive behind-the-scenes access to their iconic brewery, learn about the life of a lager from seed to sip, visit the fermentation cellars, and, of course, enjoy some world-famous beverages (directly from their finishing tanks!).
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
History comes alive at Wilson's Creek, the site of the first major Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River. Stroll through the meticulously preserved battlefields and historic buildings, drop by the museum or witness a living history demonstration to gain valuable insights into this pivotal moment in American history.