Took the kids to Cahokia Mounds today. Actually it was the first time I’ve been there myself, and I’ve lived here all my life. It’s just a few miles out of downtown St. Louis, you can actually see the city skyline from the top of the tallest mound. Fascinating place. As described on the website…
The remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico are preserved at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Within the 2,200-acre tract, located a few miles west of Collinsville, Illinois, lie the archaeological remnants of the central section of the ancient settlement that is today known as Cahokia.
This long gone (without a trace) ancient civilization built vast mounds for burial and other things yet unknown. It would be a more popular place to visit, but well, it’s a bunch of earthen mounds. All the treasures of the place are under the ground in the mounds.
You can, however, freely walk the entire 2,200 acre grounds and explore the mounds. And they have put steps on the massive 100’ tall Monks Mound that you can climb. Holy crap, I will feel that in the morning. Had a great time and learned a little too!
Here’s a picture of the big mound as seen from the event plaza, and the view of St. Louis you get from the top of it (zoomed a little on my phone). If you’re ever in the area, stop in!