Too many folks overlook the American Midwest when picking their next vacation location. The truly do this at their peril though, because there are some amazing places to visit in Missouri that they are missing out on. To find out why you don’t want to be one of those people, check out all the awesome activities you can do, places you can see, and cuisine you can sample, below.
One reason you definitely don’t want to miss out a stop in Missouri is the wonderful city of St Louis. Famed for its 630 foot Gateway Arch that tower above the city, this is definitely a place that should make the time to see.
Of course, it’s not just the arch, which you can climb in a specially made tram, that makes St Louis special. It’s also the rich cultural and historical base that it has become. For instance, there are plenty of museums where you can find out more about this history of the city, the history of the area and of the US itself. These include the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum and the City Museum.
Then there is a fabulous zoo that is currently resident to tigers, bears, and giraffes, and if all that is not enough, there is also the fascinating Cahokia Mounds. A site of a major Native American city from the 13th century that you can explore. Giving you plenty of choices when visiting the St Louis area.
To the west of St Louis, you will find what is known as wine country. Missouri wine country is a collection of vineyards and wineries that make up the core of Missouri’s wine producing region. Where they grow a variety of white grapes including Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, and Vivant. As well as some great red grape varieties such as Catawba, Cynthiana, and Norton.
Of course, they aren’t just working venues either, as many of them open up to provide tours, tastings, and other treats throughout the year. With things like cheese and wine, chocolate, and holidays wine tasting tours on offer. Just be sure, that when planning your stay you check out the websites of the wineries in the area. As it’s there, you can find the most up to date details on the events that are taking place.
The other major and truly unique city that you will definitely want to pay a visit to in the Missouri area is Kansas City, which actually sits on the border of Kansas State and Missouri.
Here you can sample the famous and delicious BBQ at places such as Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ or even Danny Edward’s Boulevard Barbecue. Although, be sure to check your times on the last one as they are so popular they only need to do a lunch service!
Once you have a full belly, then you can explore the city itself visiting Harry S. Truman’s old home. Where you can see where the great man himself used to live and tour the grounds of the farm as well.
Then there is always Worlds of Fun to visit if you are looking for something a little more thrilling. Ride the Patriot for upside down thrills and spills, or test your nerve against the traditional style wooden Timber Wolf Coaster.
Of course, as Kansas city is also famous for its Jazz and Blues, it’s a good idea to visit the American Jazz Museum too. As well as venues like the Blue Room to get some real life experience of the music that Kanas city is so well known for.
Table Rock State Park
If you are looking for wide open spaces, then look no further than the gorgeous and stunning Table Rock State Park. Located around the massive Table Rock Lake, the state park is a great spot for embracing nature with a hike, a swim, or even bike ride.
It also has its own marina where you can hire a boat to see the area from the water, as well as treat yourself to a chance to fish the waters of Table Rock Lake. Where you may find Bluegills, Largemouth Bass, and Flathead catfish. There is even a yurt to glamp in if you don’t fancy roughing it during your stay. So it’s perfect for adventurers of all different level of experience.
Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum
Somewhere else that is not to be missed especially for literature buffs is Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal. This is a museum and education center set up to inform and entertain the public about the life and works of this great author.
There you can watch a Twain impersonator discuss the inspiration behind his most famous book Huckleberry Finn. As well as see some of his clothes, his typewriter, and many of the valuable first editions of his work.
The Twain center is also lucky enough to host 15 of Norman Rockwell Paintings based on Twain’s work. Making it a must see place for art and literature lovers alike.
Silver Dollar City
Lastly, if it’s old timey thrills in the Missouri area that you are after then there is no better place that the legendary Silver Dollar City. Located in Stone County.
There you will find a smart mix of modern rides and attractions and more historical and educational activities. There is a 18th schoolhouse replica, as well as the Fire Spotter’s Coaster, a ride suitable for the whole family. There are even some smaller rides for the little one like the Fireman’s Flyer and the Half Dollar Holler, so they don’t feel left out.
Don’t forget to try and time your visit in line with one of the many events that they hold in the park as well. Such as the Cowboy Craft Fair, where you can treat yourself to some genuine items, as well as attend the barn dance and see some extreme mustang makeovers, or horse taming as its better known. Then there is the magical old time Christmas celebration. That includes Christmas themed parades and performances to really get you in a seasonal mood.
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