Missouri

It’s time to get outdoors to experience nature at its finest across the Show-Me State on your next weekend getaway

Fire in the Hole

The all new groundbreaking $30 million coaster ride at Silver Dollar City is now complete and ready for its first guests.  If you want the chance to be one of the early recruits, the Chief is accepting riders during Spring Break (Now-Mar 24) when Fire In The Hole will be operating periodically. Saturday, March 30 at 9:45 a.m. will be the official Grand Opening of the new Fire In The Hole and its new Fire District. This area is now twice the size it once was and still home to Station No. 3 firehouse. When riding, you will experience three hefty drops within 14 iconic scenes, including a water splashdown toward the end. It is also considered the midwest’s largest indoor coaster.

So take the whole family and enjoy creating new memories to last a lifetime. Silver Dollar City in Branson, Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station, and Worlds of Fun in Kansas City are just a few of the family-friendly attractions you’ll find in the Show-Me State. No trip to St. Louis is complete without a visit to the Gateway Arch – now a national park. Zoos in Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield are sure to appeal to animal lovers. Thrill seekers can find roller coasters, zip lining and other action-packed activities across the state.

The Trails

More than a thousand miles of trails offer hiking, cycling, mountain biking, bird watching, and ATV and horseback riding. There are rivers for floating and lakes for boating, fishing, swimming and water sports. The pristine Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the first river system in the country to be protected by the National Park Service. The Katy Trail is the longest developed rail-to-trail project in the country. Missouri is also home to some of the best state parks and conservation areas in the country, beautiful botanical gardens and impressive caves.

The Roads

You’ve probably heard of Route 66, but did you know this historic highway got its famous name in Missouri? In addition to the Mother Road, there are many more routes perfect for road trips. Highway 19 and 21 take you deep into the Ozarks for outdoor adventures filled with fresh air and scenic views. Highway 36, the Way of American Genius, runs across the northern part of the state, highlighting creativity, ingenuity and innovation — from Mark Twain to Walt Disney, and sliced bread to the Pony Express.

What Else is New

There’s always something new to discover in the Show-Me State.
  • The Landing at Current River is a newly rebuilt lodge surrounded by the beauty of the Ozarks. Nestled on the banks of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, The Landing is perfect for float trip enthusiasts.
  • Pennway Point is an entertainment district in Kansas City made up of reclaimed 20th century industrial buildings. The area will be filled with restaurants and bars, live entertainment venues, gardens, mini golf and more. Adjacent to Pennway Point is the new KC Wheel – a 150-foot-tall Ferris wheel with 36 enclosed, wheelchair-accessible gondolas.
  • 21c Museum Hotel St. Louis is located downtown amidst the city’s vibrant arts scene, which is fitting for this hotel that doubles as a museum dedicated to 21st century art.
  • CPKC Stadium is the world’s first purpose-built stadium for professional women’s sports. It will be the home stadium for the Kansas City Current soccer team.

Kansas City

National World War I Museum

Home of the NFL Super Bowl winning team, The Chiefs, Kansas City has jazz clubs, the National World War I Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, with giant shuttlecock sculptures on its lawn. Also home of the Kansas City Royals baseball 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 year, 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.) > MORE

St. Louis

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 is open 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’s 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.”

Lake of the Ozarks

Ha Ha TonkaImposing 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. > Lake of the Ozarks 

Columbia

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. Its green open spaces also attract outdoor enthusiasts year around > MORE

Rest assured, there are plenty of places to go, things to do and people to see in the Show-Me State of Missouri. Plan your next extended weekend getaway today! >MORE

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