Guest Author - Beth Green
Located in America’s heartland, Missouri is more than just St. Louis and Kansas City. The Show Me State is home to many sites and attractions across the state which are sure to appeal to travelers of all ages.
St. Louis, the gateway to the West, is home to such attractions as the Gateway Arch, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Anheuser-Busch brewery, Forest Park, the baseball Cardinals and the football Rams.
North of St. Louis, Hannibal is the birthplace of Mark Twain. Take a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River, visit the homes of Becky Thatcher and Tom Sawyer and other Twain sites and explore a quaint Missouri main street.
Columbia is the home of the University of Missouri and the Missouri Tigers. The MU Campus is home to many museums & galleries that are open to the public.
Winston Churchill made his famous Iron Curtain speech in Fulton, and visitors there can see the Churchill Memorial and Library on the Westminster College campus. There’s also a piece of the Berlin Wall at the site.
The town of Hermann reflects the area’s German heritage. There are seven wineries in the small town; and if you happen to be visiting Missouri in October, be sure to check out Hermann’s Oktoberfest.
A visit to Jefferson City allows you to see government at work in Missouri’s capitol city. Check out the State Capitol Building, the Governor’s mansion, and the Missouri Supreme Court.
Missouri is home to more than 6,000 surveyed caves, and Meramec Caverns is the largest commercial caves in the state. Located in Stanton, between St. Louis and Springfield, guided tours of Meramec Caverns are available year-round. Legend has it that the James gang once used the caverns as a hide out.
The third largest city in Missouri, Springfield is one of the ten best places to live and work in America. Explore the Civil War battlefield, the parks, the lakes, Bass Pro Shop’s Outdoor World and even historic Route 66 during your stay in Springfield.
A visit to Missouri is not complete without a stop in Branson in the Ozark Mountains. Missouri’s Music City hosts almost 50 music and variety shows, 3 area lakes, an award-winning theme park, and there’s lots of shopping, dining and other leisure activities available.
The Lake of the Ozarks is a major attraction for visitors and residents alike. One of the largest man-made lakes in the country, the Lake of the Ozarks has more shore line than the entire coast of California.
Sedalia is home to the Missouri State Fair. Besides the fair in August, the fairgrounds are the site for automotive and horse races, various sporting events and livestock shows throughout the year. Ragtime composer Scott Joplin lived in Sedalia for a few years, and composed his “Maple Leaf Rag” while a resident there. Sedalia hosts the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival each year.
Winding its way across most of the state, the Katy Trail State Park is built on the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad right-of-way that runs from near Sedalia west to St. Charles, just outside of St. Louis. The Katy Trail offers bicycling and hiking through some of the most scenic areas of the state.
In Kansas City, visitors will find the historic 18th & Vine jazz district, the Negro League Baseball Museum, sites dedicated to President Harry S Truman and Jesse James, Civil War battlefields and museums, a multitude of fine dining and shops, the baseball Royals and football Chiefs.
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