We ran into a local neighbor this morning while walking the dogs and she mentioned that she went with out of town family to Cahokia Mounds yesterday. As long as she's lived in St. Louis she'd never been there and just raved about it. Which brings me to this point. There are lots of reasons to go over to the Metro East and Cahokia Mounds is probably the biggest. St. Louis media tends to give short shrift to the Illinois side both in food ratings and places to go, things to see.
If you've never been to the Mounds, you have to go, it's amazing. This prehistoric civilization once had tens of thousands of residents who build homes and public works. There were many mounds at one time, and the gorgeous visitor's center has windows which look out onto many of them. But the granddaddy mound of all is Monk's Mound which soars high and has 154 stairs visitors can climb and at the top see great view of the St. Louis skyline.
I was really happy to hear this neighbor talk about how much they enjoyed the visit and surprised at how little she knew of it before hand.