Description - France claimed the Missouri area based on exploration in the 1680's. St. Louis was first settled in 1764. Missouri became part of the U.S. through the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Missouri became a state following the Missouri Comprimise of 1820. Missourians were divided in their support for the sides in the Civil War although the state remained a part of the Union.
- A number of state and national parks and sites offer site tours. The National sites are described in this section. the Missouri State Park site offers many more destinations.
Recreation - Recreation at historic sites and monuments usually includes a stop at the visitor center, participation in interpretive tours and programs, and viewing of hishoric buildings and locations.
Climate - Missouri experiences four distinct seasons with an average yearly temperature of 54 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach 90 degrees F often and are plagued with high humidity levels. Nighttime lows during the summer dip slightly near 70 degrees. September brings cooler fall weather with less humidity. By October nights begin to cool significantly and the fall foliage changes to brilliant hues of orange, red and yellow. Winter months bring an average of 24 inches of snow and normal temperatures average between 20 and 45 degrees F. Spring is characterized by wet weather with temperatures reaching between 32 and 60 degrees F.
The location is described, driving instructions are provided and maps are presented on the individual pages describing each site.