Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

St Louis

Marvel at the place where two of the world's great rivers, the Missouri and the Mississippi, meet. Unfortunately an industrial park on the far side of the Mississippi mucks up a bit of the majesty, but you can still view the turbulent waters once paddled by explorers Lewis and Clark and enjoy the natural beauty of this 4318-acre preserve, located 2.5 miles north of I-270 exit 34. Great for hiking, biking and kayaking.

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1. Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower


The 150ft tower provides sweeping views of the area where Lewis and Clark launched their epic voyage in 1804 – the first American expedition to cross the…

2. Lewis & Clark State Historic Site

1.51 MILES

In Hartford (across the river from St Louis), the stellar Lewis & Clark State Historic Site marks the spot where explorers Lewis and Clark departed on the…

3. Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

4.49 MILES

Open only to pedestrians and cyclists these days, this mile-long span over the Mississippi River opened in 1929 and was a vital link in Route 66. It has a…

4. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

11.23 MILES

A surprise awaits near Collinsville, 8 miles east of East St Louis: classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site, with the likes of Stonehenge and the…

5. City Museum

13.06 MILES

Possibly the wildest highlight of any visit to St Louis is this frivolous, frilly fun house in a vast old shoe factory. The Museum of Mirth, Mystery &…

6. National Blues Museum

13.1 MILES

This flashy museum explores blues legends like hometown hero Chuck Berry, while making a strong case for the genre's myriad influences on modern rock,…

7. Economy Museum at the St Louis Fed

13.21 MILES

A surprisingly flashy and ultimately rewarding look at the economy and how you as an individual fit into it. Located within the Federal Reserve Bank of St…

8. Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

13.33 MILES

A Grand Center landmark, this pint-sized institution has programs and rotating exhibits across disciplines, including architecture.