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Top Choice Sweets in St Louis

Ted Drewes

Don't dare leave town without licking yourself silly on this super-creamy ice-cream-like treat at historic Ted Drewes, west of the city center. There's a smaller summer-only branch south of the city center at 4224 S…
Top Choice Bar in St Louis

Blueberry Hill

St Louis native Chuck Berry still sometimes rocks the small basement bar here. Tickets sell out very quickly. The venue hosts smaller-tier bands on the other nights. It has good pub food (mains $8 to $15), games, da…
Top Choice Museum in St Louis

City Museum

Possibly the wildest highlight to any visit to St Louis is this frivolous, frilly fun house in a vast old shoe factory. The Museum of Mirth, Mystery and Mayhem sets the tone. Run, jump and explore all manner of exhi…
Top Choice Park in St Louis

Forest Park

New York City may have Central Park, but St Louis has the bigger (by 528 acres) Forest Park. The superb, 1371-acre spread was the setting of the 1904 World's Fair. It's a beautiful place to escape to and is dotted w…
Top Choice Museum in St Louis

Missouri History Museum

Presents the story of St Louis, starring such worthies as the World's Fair, Charles Lindbergh (look for the sales receipt for his first plane – he bought it at a variety store!) and a host of bluesmen. Oral historie…
Top Choice Jazz in Kansas City

Mutual Musicians Foundation

Near 18th and Vine in the Historic Jazz District, this former union hall for African American musicians has hosted after-hours jam sessions since 1930. Famous veteran musicians gig with young hotshots. It's friendly…
Top Choice Museum in St Joseph

Patee House Museum

Still imposing, the 1858 Patee House has had a long and historic life. Next door, the outlaw Jesse James was killed at what is now the Jesse James Home Museum (adult/child $4/2). The fateful bullet hole is still in …
Top Choice Museum in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum

The story of America's worst incident of domestic terrorism is told at this poignant museum, which avoids becoming mawkish and lets the horrible events speak for themselves. The outdoor Symbolic Memorial has 168 emp…
Top Choice Historic Site in Deadwood

Mount Moriah Cemetery

Calamity Jane (born Martha Canary; 1850–1903) and Wild Bill Hickok (1847–76) rest side by side up on Boot Hill at the very steep cemetery. Entertaining bus tours leave hourly from Main St.
Top Choice Books in St Louis

Left Bank Books

A great indie bookstore stocking new and used titles. There are recommendations of books by local authors and frequent author readings.