With Fall officially kicking off, student, youth ministries and youth groups will hit the roads looking for unique destinations and fun new experiences. Today we will be looking at the “Show me” state of Missouri and explore some places that might be of interest to you and your group.
To start off, let’s take a look at some historic sites beginning with Ste. Geneviève. Rich in history, this quaint little village today of about 4,400 people is the oldest permanent European settlement in Missouri. The architecture alone makes this a perfect spot to visit for students interested in this field of study. Described as “French Creole colonial” , the Louis Bolduc House was the first authentically restored building in the area and is a wonderful example of a style known as “posts-on-sill” construction and is a National Historic Landmark. Some of the others you will want to visit include; La Maison de Guibourd Historic House, the Felix Vallé House State Historic Site and the Beauvais-Amoureux House.
Other notable places that make my top 10 list include:
- Ste. Geneviève
- Jefferson City the state capital (The Governors mansion in particular)
- Kansas City (Crossroads Arts District)
- St. Louis (the Mississippian mound builders)
- Springfield (Battle of Springfield Driving Tour)
- Independence (Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum)
- Branson (Try a Branson zip line tour for an exciting, unique adventure)
- Rolla (Students of agriculture, particularly; viticulture- growing of grapes/vineyards)
- Lee’s Summit (Longview Chapel Christian Church)
- St. Charles (Historic Main Street)
There are plenty more reasons to load the tour bus up and head to Missouri with your youth group and I urge you to explore all the possibilities waiting for you in this beautiful state!