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Enjoy the Adventure in Missouri

Enjoy the Adventure in Missouri
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Americana 101

Follow the “Mother Road,” Route 66, past quirky wayside exhibits, over quaint bridges and through historic small towns, state parks and farms. Stop into the diners, inns and eateries (like Ted Drewes Frozen Custard) that preserve the character and the food of the past. In the city, explore the Gateway Arch – the tallest national monument in the USA (and one of the most recognizable) built in 1965 to symbolize the country’s westward expansion. From American outlaw Jesse James to President Harry Truman, Missouri has produced its fair share of significant figures. Visit the birthplace memorials of both, leaving time for the Walt Disney Hometown Museum and a stop in the town of Hannibal, once author Mark Twain’s stomping grounds. 


Classic Entertainment

Known for its big-and-bold performance scene, there are more than 100 live shows in Branson, from major acts on main stages to Dixie stampedes, acrobat performances, Elvis impersonators and sultry jazz in intimate lounges. The area’s Silver Dollar City is made to look like the 1880s and offers 40 rides, live shows and festivals that celebrate Missouri culture (think barbecue and Bluegrass). This is a state where you bring your appetite: Both the Kansas City and St. Louis styles of barbecue are required eating here. Head to 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District in Kansas City for an authentic sampling.


Explore the Great Outdoors

Plunge into Mark Twain’s Cave, tube down a river or set up camp in a state park; Missouri’s natural beauty is definitely worth looking at, but it’s even more fun to explore. This state counts 56 parks and numerous conservation areas within its borders, which translates to dozens of hiking, biking, swimming, fishing and water sports opportunities in a variety of settings. If you’re more suited to leisure activities, take your clubs to one of many golf courses, go skeet shooting or kick back at a baseball game. There’s no wrong way to be outside here.

Enjoy the Adventure in Missouri

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Fun Fact

Aerial view over Lake of the Ozarks
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The Lake of the Ozarks has more shoreline than the coast of California.

Chaumette Vineyard and Winery in Ste. Genevieve
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Before prohibition in 1920, Missouri was the USA’s second-largest wine producer, a reputation its 110 modern-day wineries are striving to earn back.

Incredible detail at Meramec Caverns
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It’s no surprise that Missouri is also known as the “cave state” given its 6,100 discovered caves (23 of which you can tour).

Must see places

The Old Courthouse and the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis as seen from Kiener Plaza Park

Gateway Arch

A tram takes visitors to the top of this 192-meter-high monument to Westward expansion. Look out over the Mississippi River, then take a riverboat tour at sunset, when the light reflects beautifully off the arch.

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Sculpture of a giant badminton shuttlecock at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Located in Kansas City, the museum’s standout is its Asian Art collection. Another marvel is the museum’s new Bloch Building, whose modern exterior offers a contrast to the main building’s neoclassical design.

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Couple enjoying a pier at sunset on the Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks State Park

Missouri’s largest state park offers fishing, swimming, hiking, biking and much more. Walk the trail at Coakley Hollow Fen Nature Area to see springs and glades or ride horseback through the woods.

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Display inside the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

Perhaps the USA’s most famous humorist, Twain’s life and work are showcased here, in his childhood home. Tour this National Historic Landmark, which includes several historic homes and a museum that features photographs, writings and other artifacts, as well as the writer’s typewriter and desk.

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Taking in the view from the observation tower at Top of the Rock Ozarks Heritage Preserve

Top of the Rock Ozarks Heritage Preserve

This is Missouri at its finest: the beauty of the Ozarks combined with all of the ways to experience it. You’ll find a golf course, cave, nature trail, a natural history museum, restaurants, historic buildings and a wine cellar.

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Illuminated fountains in Forest Park

Forest Park

St. Louis’ urban park is packed with art and history museums, golf courses, tennis courts, playgrounds, dining and the Jewel Box, a gorgeous Art Deco greenhouse featuring a glass roof that reaches 15 meters high.

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Castle ruins at Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Visit the castle ruins (what’s left of a stone mansion, that is) looking out over Lake of the Ozarks, then hike 24 kilometers of trails to find sinkholes, caves, prairies and valleys.

Chuck Berry memorabilia at the National Blues Museum

National Blues Museum

Trace the story of this musical genre in an environment that showcases every aspect of it. Enjoy live music, interactive exhibits and one-of-a-kind blues artifacts as well as films, lectures and other programs.

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 Exterior of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in St. Louis

Anheuser-Busch Brewery

This is the U.S. beer company’s oldest and largest brewery. Much of the campus is a piece of 19th-century history: Take a beermaster tour, go to beer school and visit the famous Clydesdale horses.

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Stopping for a rest on a bridge along the Katy Trail

Katy Trail State Park

The nation’s longest rails-to-trails project lets you bike across the state or just wander through the fields, bluffs and small towns within its environs. Go birding or horseback riding along this extensive trail, which will take you through some of the most scenic parts of the state.

Aerial view over Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri
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