The Missouri national parks and historic sites are a memorable and engaging way to learn about the state’s fascinating history and geology. Immersing yourself in the history and natural wonders of the world is an unforgettable experience you can never get from your textbooks and computer screen. Experience the adventure of a lifetime with a trip to Missouri, the “Show Me State.”
Innsbrook Vacations has an impressive array of Missouri vacation rentals inside Innsbrook Resort, where every day is like the weekend. Our premier location offers a serene retreat just an hour’s drive from St Louis. There are endless adventures to explore beyond the Innsbrook Resort gates, such as the Missouri national parks and historic sites on the list below.
Explore these 7 National Parks & Historic Sites in Missouri
- Gateway Arch National Park: Just an hour’s drive from Innsbrook is one of the most iconic landmarks in Missouri. The Gateway Arch represents Thomas Jefferson’s vision of expanding the United States. This is easily one of the must-see national parks in Missouri.
- Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail: This nearly 4,900-mile national historic trail commemorates the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum and St. Charles Historic District are along the trail and just a half-hour drive from Innsbrook. Fort Belle Fontaine is also along the trail and is a one-hour drive from Innsbrook.
- Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site: This Missouri national park honors the memory of the civil war general and 16th United States President Ulysses S. Grant. Just a one-hour drive from Innsbrook, you can tour Grant’s 200-year-old home at one of the most incredible national parks in Missouri.
- Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park: This National Park marks the spot of the first European settlement in Missouri in 1750. It’s a one-hour and 45-minute drive from Innsbrook.
- Harry S Truman National Historic Site: Come and tour what used to be the home of United States President Harry S Truman. Despite his power and success, he never lost his love of Missouri and wanted to “be remembered as the people’s president.”
- Trail of Tears National Historic Trail: This trail spans nine states and commemorates the forced removal of over 16,000 Cherokee native Americans from their homes in the 1830s. Hundreds of people tragically died during their journey. Trail of Tears State Park is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Innsbrook.
- Ozark National Scenic Riverways: This gorgeous spot in Missouri is one of the first national parks created to protect a river system. Come and enjoy the two spring-fed rivers, The Current and Jacks Fork, which are popular for swimming, canoeing, boating, and fishing. There are also caves, freshwater springs, trails, and historical sites to explore.