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Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville

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At Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, learn all about the city of Native Americans that developed and disappeared hundreds of years before Colonists arrived in America. When Cahokia reached its population peak in the 13th century, it had more inhabitants than London. The city disappeared by 1400 BCE, though, and the large mounds--the biggest of which stands 30 m (100 ft) high, 290 m (951 ft) long, and 255 m (836 ft) wide and covers 5.6 hectares (13.8 acres)--are all that remain at this UNESCO World Heritage site. Before touring the site, head into the museum and interpretive center to learn about the city's history and its culture and to see artifacts, such as copper maskettes used in religious ceremonies. Put Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Collinsville vacation generator.
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  • Well worth a visit. Very informative and historical! Loved it. Would recommend this site for all ages.  more »
  • I had no idea there was such a huge archaeological site right outside of St Louis. After visiting, I'm surprised it is a state park rather than a National park, especially since it is considered a Wor...  more »
  • This was our first stop on a road trip from PA. Traveled with my husband and two kids ages 16 & 18. We had a Groupon for the iPod tour. Staff was friendly and informative. We were unable to view the m...  more »
  • You can either walk around the mounds or bring your bikes! We love coming here to bike around and have a picnic. The visitor center is also wonderful and enlightening. I wish they had more bike paths.
  • Cahokia Mounds has been my go to spot to relax and unwind since I was a teenager. However I spend my time there-- from chilling on a bench in the visitor's center people watching, climbing the 200+ stairs to the top of Monks Mound, or taking my dogs out for a scenic stroll down one of the parks many, many beautiful, well-maintained-- and often lined with historical and/or educational-- trails.
  • Very informative visitors center and an impressive place to visit. Trails are available to walk around and see all the large and most interesting mounds. 30 minutes for a few of them, up to 10 miles.
  • A wonderful place to learn about the native Americans that lived in the St. Louis area. The mounds are interesting to see, the short film that is shown in the visitors center helps understand more of the civilization that existed there. My only problem with it was that they did not have reenactments of the people that lived there originally. In my head, I think that would give us a complete experience of how people lived their lives back in the days in Cahokia.
  • This is wonderfully peaceful place to come relax and learn about the people who used to live in the area hundreds of years ago. The staff is friendly and it's usually not super busy so it's nice to be able to walk around and enjoy your time there on your own. The mounds are also impressive and the view of St Louis that you get from the top is quite unique. Bring comfortable shoes and make sure you take your time to take in the wonders of Cahokia.