16 Reasons to Explore St. Louis
Missouri Botanical Garden
More than 75 acres of formal gardens, greenhouses and woodlands flourish in the heart of the city, surrounded by the Tower Grove neighborhood. Do visit the Japanese strolling garden, one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere. Come early in the morning and you'll have the Missouri Botanical Garden nearly to yourself, save for a few amateur photographers (314/577-5100; mobot.org).