Driving Around the Show Me State
While doing The Move, another state was on my itinerary to explore. The next state after Illinois was Missouri and it has been also known as the Show Me State. Thus, I called my trip, Driving Around the Show Me State.
The state of Missouri has been known due to its very popular icon the Gateway Arch so, I won’t miss it for a day. While I was driving from Collinsville, Illinois, it was less than 30 minutes drive but the traffic was little OK. Only thing when you are going inside the city limit, every driver doesn’t follow the speed limit anymore. It was nerve wracking for me but I got the hang of it since I’ve driven the big cities of New York, Boston, Providence, Charlotte, and many more cities in the Eastern part of the country.
The first attraction that I visited was the Old Cathedral Basilica of St Louis, King of France. It was also convenient since the cathedral was just within the grounds of the Gateway Arch. While I was there, there were no parking garage for the Gateway Arch so, I ended up parking in the cathedral parking lot. It wasn’t a problem coz I really ought to visit the basilica to pray for a good voyage.
The Old Cathedral was the first cathedral west of the Mississippi River. It is one of two Catholic basilicas in the city. Because of its historical significance, it was left intact while all neighboring buildings were demolished to make way of the Gateway Arch. The basilica remains a popular church for marriage ceremonies and a famous tourist destination.
After praying, I went to the Gateway Arch. It was just outside the church. I walked all the way to the Arch. It was ginormous and standing tall near the river.
The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot monument, clad in stainless steel and built in the form of a curve arch. It is the world’s tallest arch and the tallest man-made monument in the US. The arch is also referred to as the Gateway to the West and has become an internationally recognised symbol of the city.
Next to the list was the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. This basilica was ginormous and more grandiose than the first one.
Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is also known as the St. Louis Cathedral. It is the mother church of the archdiocese of St. Louis and the seat of the archbishop. The church is known for its large and intricate design. It even has an outdoor sculpture to promote racial harmony.
I left St. Louis and drove to Kansas City. My itinerary was to visit the National World War I Museum and Memorial.
National World War I Museum and Memorial is an official museum dedicated to World War I. The museum is managed by non-profit organization in cooperation of the city’s parks and recreations. It exhibited artifact collection that began 1920 and told the story of the Great War and related global events.
Missouri did show me some remarkable sights to behold. I’ve been to the two big cities of the state and it gave me promising result. I saw historical places, prominent and popular attractions, and beautiful cathedral interiors. I’ve only explored St. Louis and Kansas City. I’m sure there is more to show for the state of Missouri.