• Hikes,  Illinois,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    10 Great Spring Hikes Around St. Louis

    After a bitterly cold winter, spring is finally here. If the warm weather and budding trees have you ready to explore outside, here is a list of several area hikes that really shine during the spring. St. Francois State Park St. Francois is a lovely Missouri State Park with several hiking trails. The Mooner’s Hollow Trail is a great choice due to its cascading waterfall. However, the Swimming Deer Trail is the real star in…

  • Hikes,  Illinois,  Kids

    Explore Multiple Waterfalls at Burden Falls in Illinois

    Burden Falls is a more off the beaten path waterfall to visit in the Shawnee National Forest. The rugged beauty of this spot in far southern Illinois is well worth the drive. Even better, you can see part of the waterfalls right from the parking lot. Burden Falls Trail Length: Upper Falls can be seen right from parking area. Lower falls require a one mile each way or you can make a loop by doing…

  • Day Trip,  Hikes,  Illinois,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis,  Trips

    7 Great Day Trips from St. Louis

    Spring break and summer vacation are right around the corner. If you are looking to stay closer to home this year, here is a roundup of several great destinations all less than two hours from St. Louis. Load up the kids, pack all the snacks, and head out to explore these great destinations. * Be sure to check the websites of attractions before visiting for up to date COVID restrictions or closures. Ste. Genevieve, Missouri…

  • Hiking,  Illinois,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    10 Amazing Winter Hikes near St. Louis

    Don’t let the cold weather scare you away from hitting one of the great trails around St. Louis. Winter can be a perfect time for venturing outdoors. Not only are the ticks and oppressive heat absent, but so are the crowds. Some of the outstanding views that are normally blocked by vegetation are now wide open. Just spending time outside can also be a wonderful way to beat the winter blues. Here are 10 great…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Illinois,  Kids,  St. Louis

    Explore an Ancient Civilization at Illinois’s Cahokia Mounds

    Long before Europeans arrived to America, the area just east St. Louis was home to an ancient culture. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in southern Illinois preserves the central section of the largest prehistoric Native American city north of Mexico. The city grew to cover 4,000 acres with a population of between ten and twenty thousand at its peak around 1100.  Today the site preservesย 70 of the original 120 earthen mounds built by pre-historic Native Americans.…