Missouri offers a diversity of natural and cultural experiences. Missouri is easily accessible by interstate highways or international airports located in St. Louis and Kansas City. Missouri is known for its outlaws, authors and entrepreneurs with a rich history dating back before its official statehood in 1821. Jefferson City, the state capital, sits mid-state alongside the Missouri river.
Major destinations include St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Branson and Lake of the Ozarks. Smaller towns provide a wealth of day-trip opportunities, anything from antiques to historical sites to wineries. Hannibal, just north of St. Louis, is best known as the setting for Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Independence was home to President Harry S. Truman and houses the Truman Library and Museum.
St. Louis has numerous cultural and professional sporting events. Family-friendly visits should consider The St. Louis Zoo, The St. Louis Science Centre, City Museum and, of course, a trip to see the St. Louis Arch.
Kansas City offers a world-class art experience with the Nelson-Atkins museum. The Country Club Plaza is a splendid experience of shopping, dining and enjoying Spanish influenced architecture.
A visit to Springfield would not be complete without a trip to Bass Pro Shop, location of the original Bass Pro Shop. Branson offers theatre, variety shows and Silver Dollar City.
Outdoor experiences are a major part of enjoying Missouri’s distinct four seasons. In the summer, you can enjoy a canoe float trip or a weekend at one of the many lakes around the state. Hiking or biking on The Katy Trail is another option. This former railroad line covers more than 250 miles of trails.
Missouri’s wealth of opportunities makes it a perfect location to visit for a day or a week. There’s always something to do in Missouri.