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, Missouri, USA
2023 - Missouri has something for everyone. Here's a list of places to go and things to do in the Show-Me State:


Explore St. Louis:

Visit the iconic Gateway Arch, the symbol of the city.

Discover the St. Louis Zoo, one of the best in the country.

Explore the historic neighborhoods like the Central West End and Soulard.

Kansas City:

Savor some of the best barbecue in the world.
Enjoy the lively jazz scene in the 18th and Vine District.

Visit the National WWI Museum and Memorial.

Branson:

Experience world-class entertainment in this entertainment mecca.

Explore Silver Dollar City, an 1880s-style theme park.

Take a scenic ride on the Branson Scenic Railway.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways:

Go canoeing or tubing on the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers.

Hike the trails and explore the stunning karst landscape.

Mark Twain's Hannibal:

Visit the boyhood home of Mark Twain.
Take a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River.
Explore the historic downtown area.

Gateway to the West:

Discover the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail and learn about their expedition.

Visit the charming town of St. Charles on the banks of the Missouri River.

Wineries and Breweries:

Explore the Missouri Wine Country in the Hermann and Augusta areas.

Visit craft breweries in cities like Kansas City and St. Louis.

Lake of the Ozarks:

Enjoy boating, fishing, and water sports on the massive reservoir.

Explore the caves and hiking trails in the surrounding Ozark Mountains.

Jefferson City:

Tour the Missouri State Capitol building.
Visit the Governor's Mansion and the Missouri State Penitentiary Museum.

Columbia:

Explore the lively college town with its music scene and festivals.

Visit the Mizzou campus and the Museum of Art and Archaeology.

Springfield:

Learn about Route 66 at the Route 66 Car Museum.
Explore Fantastic Caverns, America's only ride-through cave.

Elephant Rocks State Park:

Climb and explore the giant granite boulders.
Take scenic hikes through the park's unique landscape.

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum:

Learn about the life and presidency of the 33rd President of the United States.

Explore his family's farm in Independence.

St. Joseph:

Visit the Pony Express National Museum.
Explore the Glore Psychiatric Museum for a unique experience.

Meramec Caverns:

Take a guided tour through these stunning limestone caves.

Learn about their history, including their use by Jesse James as a hideout.

Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis):

Stroll through beautiful gardens, including the famous Japanese Garden.

Visit the Climatron, a geodesic dome conservatory.
Hike the Ozark Trail:

Embark on a multi-day backpacking adventure through the rugged Ozark Mountains.

Battlefield Tours:

Explore Civil War battlefields like Wilson's Creek National Battlefield near Springfield.

Missouri History Museum (St. Louis):

Dive into the state's rich history through interactive exhibits.

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site:

Cross the river into Illinois to see the ancient Native American city of Cahokia.

Wildlife Safari Park (Louisburg):

Take a drive-through safari and see exotic animals up close.

Mozingo Lake Recreation Park (Maryville):

Enjoy outdoor activities like fishing, boating, and hiking.

Missouri State Fair (Sedalia):

Experience the agricultural traditions of the state with rides, concerts, and exhibits.

Missouri State Penitentiary (Jefferson City):

Take a guided tour of this historic and infamous former prison.

Lone Elk Park (St. Louis):

See bison, elk, and other wildlife in a natural setting.

Trail of Tears State Park:

Learn about the tragic history of the Cherokee Nation's forced removal.

Pere Marquette State Park (Grafton):

Enjoy scenic drives and hiking along the bluffs of the Illinois River.

Shaw Nature Reserve (Gray Summit):

Explore diverse ecosystems and native plants in this 2,400-acre reserve.

Cave Spring Park (Independence):

Visit a natural spring, hike the trails, and learn about local history.

Arrow Rock State Historic Site:

Step back in time in this charming historic village.



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