Kansas City, on the Kansas border, has jazz clubs, the National World War I Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, with giant shuttlecock sculptures on its lawn. As home of the Kansas City Royals baseball team and Kansas City Chiefs football team, the city is also widely known for its famous K.C. BBQ. flavors. The city’s signature food is served up at more than 100 barbecue establishments, each boasting a house specialty. Every fall, Kansas City hosts the world’s largest barbecue competition of 600 teams, the American Royal Barbecue. Kansas City is home to more than 200 fountains—more than any other city in the world (except Rome.) From large and majestic to small and whimsical, discover waterworks dedicated to fallen firefighters, the city’s children, women’s leadership and more. KC’s most photographed fountain is the ornate J.C. Nichols Memorial, located near the Spanish-inspired Country Club Plaza. Walt Disney opened his first animation studio in Kansas City, Laugh-O-Gram Studio, where he fed a small rodent that became the inspiration for Mickey Mouse. Hallmark, the largest greeting card maker in the world, began in KC in 1910 when Joyce C. Hall started selling postcards out of two shoeboxes at the local YMCA. > SEE MORE
On the east side of the state at the Illinois border, St. Louis is known for its 630-ft. Gateway Arch overlooking the Mississippi River. The Gateway Arch Museum just reopened last summer after a complete restoration. Now, the sleeker, streamlined museum tells a more complete story of American history from a broader range of perspectives, with exhibits timelines going through 1965, when the arch was built, rather than simply
talking about the 1800s. Altogether, the changes to the park and museum cost $380 million and took five years to complete. Budweiser tours are offered at Anheuser-Busch oldest St. Louis Brewery. Since its founding in 1852, Anheuser-Busch has honored its historic brewing methods, maintaining the tradition of brewing the finest beers, one batch at a time. Grants Farm is the 281-acre ancestral home of the Busch family, named for Ulysses S. Grant who originally worked a portion of the land. The St. Louis Zoo has been named “America’s Top Free Attraction and Best Zoo.” With more than 16,000 animals in an attractive, family-friendly environment, there are year-round activities for visitors of any age. You might want to check out a “behind the scenes tour” or visit during the holidays when all the decorations and lights make it an extra special celebration.
Imposing architecture and breathtaking scenery combine to make Ha Ha Tonka State Park one of Missouri’s most treasured spots. Located on the Lake of the Ozarks, the park features the stone ruins of a turn-of-the-20th-century castle built by a prominent Kansas City businessman high atop a bluff. A fall getaway in western Missouri means plenty of fun and beautiful fall color, especially in the Ozarks area. With more than 200 restaurants and nightspots in the Lake of the Ozarks area, there is no shortage of options for great places to eat. One of the most memorable and popular ways to enjoy a meal is dining lakeside, where the views are as spectacular as the food. >SEE MORE
While Columbia is known for its celebrated universities with great performing arts events throughout the year, Columbia also offers a mix of small-town charm and friendliness. It’s green open spaces also attract outdoor enthusiasts year around >SEE MORE
Rest assured, there are plenty of places to go, things to do and people to see in the Show Me State of Missouri. To plan your next extended weekend getaway >SEE MORE