Begin your visit to St. Louis, where your first glimpse of the 630-foot Gateway Arch is a reminder of the historic role St. Louis played in the westward expansion of America. Ride the tram to the top of the Arch and watch the powerful Mississippi River flow by. Behold the energetic city below. Visit the museum under the Arch and the nearby Old Cathedral, the oldest church in St. Louis. Just across the street is the Old Courthouse, the site of the Dred Scott trial.
Cheer for the hometown favorites at a Cardinals baseball game, then visit the International Bowling Hall of Fame across from the stadium. After the game, head to Tony's for great Italian cuisine. If you prefer French, try the nearby Cafe de France. Not far away, the shopping is spectacular at St. Louis Centre or the completely restored Union Station. In Forest Park, visit the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Zoo, the Muny Opera and the Science Center, with its life-size animated dinosaurs and an OMNIMAX Theater. Nearby is the historic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, which houses the world's largest collection of mosaic art.
For a night on the town, take in Grand Center arts and entertainment. Visit the Fox Theatre and the St. Louis Black Repertory Company. Then head for one of St. Louis' many pubs or microbreweries or a riverboat casino. Find time in your schedule for a stroll through St. Louis' historic neighborhoods of Laclede's Landing, Soulard, The Hill and Central West End all great places for good shopping and fine food. Visit the historic Scott Joplin House to get a sense of ragtime music's beginnings. Children will be delighted at Grant's Farm, the Magic House and the City Museum.
Eureka, on Interstate 44, is best known for Six Flags St. Louis, an immense family theme park and its newest addition, Hurricane Harbor Water Park. Head west on Interstate-70 and visit the old French village of St. Charles with its Lewis and Clark Center, First Missouri State Capitol Building, restored riverfront historic district, an authentic showboat and a casino. About 20 miles southwest of St. Charles on Route 94 and F (near Defiance) is the Daniel Boone Home, where the Boone family settled in the late 1790s.
Straddling the Missouri River, the picturesque two-lane highways 94 and 100 lead travelers to small towns rich in history and wine country heritage. Only an hour's drive west of St. Louis, 11 of the state's renowned wineries cluster along the banks of the Missouri River like the grapes on a vine. Sugar Creek, Augusta, Montelle, Mt. Pleasant, Blunenhof and Marthasville are all situated along Highway 94, known to many as Missouri's Weinstrasse (German for wine road). Slightly south of these quaint towns you'll find the river town of Washington, where a visit to river artist Gary Lucy's Art Studio and Gallery is a must.
Community Health Centers in this region include Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Centers, People's Health Centers, Myrtle H. Davis Comprehensive Health Care and Family Care Health Centers.
Critical Access Hospitals in this region include Lincoln County Medical Center.
For additional information regarding this region such as individual county HPSA status or loan repayment eligibility, please contact the Missouri Primary Care Association.
**Photos courtesy of the Missouri Division of Tourism**