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A Colossal Columbus Day Idea

October 7, 2016

Categories: Gateway Arch , National Park Service , Old Courthouse , Things to Do

"In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue..." 

Columbus Day (this Monday, October 10!) commemorates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in and the discovery of the New World. 

In honor of Mr. Columbus, this weekend, embark on your own voyage of discovery: #FindYourPark... Missouri's six national parks, that is! 

The Missouri National Parks Passport Challenge is an adventure that will take you to each of Missouri's national parks,and reward you for doing so. All you need to do to start is pick up a Passport at any of the six national parks' visitor centers. Once you do so, you're ready to visiting and collecting rewards!

To be eligible to win the Grand Slam Grand Prize package -- four tickets to a 2018-season St. Louis or Kansas City home baseball game plus a 1-night hotel stay, just register your passport at www.monationalparks.com with the unique code located on the back of it.

Here's a rundown of Missouri's national parks:

  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, St. Louis: This memorial includes the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse, two iconic St. Louis landmarks.
  • Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, St. Louis: The site features White Haven, the home of our 18th president.
  • Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Ozark Highlands, Van Buren, Missouri: The first national park to protect a river system.
  • Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Republic, Missouri: The site of the first major Civil War battle west of the Mississippi River.
  • George Washington Carver National Monument, Diamond, Missouri: The site where young George Washington Carver grew up.
  • Harry S Truman National Historic Site, Independence, Missouri: It includes Truman’s home, the family farm and more.

Click here to start planning your visit. Learn more at www.monationalparks.com and watch the video below. (Oh, and be sure to use #MONPS100 when tagging your photos on Twitter and Instagram.) Good luck!

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