Take one look at the website and Facebook page of Steampunk St. Louis, and you'll see that this is an area with an active steampunk community.
The city itself is well known for the Gateway Arch, but it has many other notable attractions such as the Old St. Louis County Courthouse, the City Museum, the Museum of Transportation and the Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum. On the offbeat side, you'll find the DeMoulin Museum, which pays tribute to a company that manufactured prank devices in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
A couple hours north is Hannibal, Mo., the boyhood home of Mark Twain and site of the annual Big River Steampunk Festival.
The listings below include locations in the St. Louis area, including its suburbs in Illinois. Check out the "Steamiest Places" section for attractions likely to be of greatest interest to steampunks.