Missouri’s National Parks Launch “Passport Challenge”

Brad Choat (Twitter: @choatsnews)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Many in the St. Louis area know about the Gateway Arch, Old Courthouse, and the Ulysses S. Grant Historic Site.

But, National Park Service superintendent Mike Ward is challenging you to visit the other parks in Missouri over the next year, too, “From the gorgeous landscapes of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways of southeast Missouri to the site of the first major Civil War battle east of the Mississippi River; from the home where President Truman spent the majority of his life to the farm where George Washington Carver grew up.”

Ward invited Missouri’s other site superintendents into the shadow of the Arch, Saturday, to unveil the Passport Challenge.

They’re asking people to pick up a free passport at any of the state’s six national parks, then collect stamps at the others. Prize drawings will be held. The challenge ends December 31, 2017.

The promotion is in conjunction with the National Park Service’s 100th birthday.

In case you were wondering, if you start in St. Louis and make a clockwise loop, the round trip distance is nearly 800 miles.

For complete details on the Passport Challenge click here.

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