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MISSOURI TRAVEL GUIDE

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Welcome to the bigroads.com travel guide to Missouri! Hopefully this page helps provide some inspiration and tips to help you plan your next trip to Missouri.

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Author/Contributor: Greg Parsons

OVERVIEW



Missouri offers a lot to the traveler. St. Louis has the Gateway Arch and several excellent museums, including the giant children's playground known as the City Museum. Kansas City has its famous BBQ restaurants, which I think offers the best BBQ in the country (others might dispute that and say North Carolina, Tennessee, or Texas). Missouri also has one of the liveliest tourist towns in the country: Branson. For cycling, Missouri has the Katy Trail, an outstanding 240-mile rail trail that is widely considered one of the country's finest long-distance rail trails. There's plenty of beautiful scenery throughout the state too, especially in the southern and central sections of the state.

TOP 10 ATTRACTIONS IN MISSOURI



Are you short on time or struggling to choose something to do or see in Missouri? Here are my selections for the top 10 attractions or experiences in Missouri, in no particular order:

Let the kids go wild on the play structures at the City Museum in St. Louis, arguably the best children's playground on the planet
Walk among billion year-old giant granite rocks at Elephant Rocks State Park
Enjoy all the family-friendly attractions, amusement parks, museums, and live performances in Branson
Devour some amazing BBQ in Kansas City (e.g. Joe's, Arthur Bryant's, Jack Stack, Q39, etc.)
See the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the "Eiffel Tower" of the American Plains
Learn more about Mark Twain at several attractions in Hannibal
Get some thrills at the Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson
Tour one of the exceptional show caves in Central Missouri (e.g. Meramec Caverns, Bridal Cave, Onondaga Cave, etc.)
Explore the lovely Forest Park in St. Louis, one of the great urban parks of America
Cycle the Katy Trail, one the ten best long-distance rail trails in the U.S.

If I could select only one place to visit in Missouri, I would choose St. Louis. The city has many attractions, including the Gateway Arch, the City Museum (one of my favorite places of all-time, anywhere) and the excellent urban park, Forest Park. There are definitely some areas to avoid in St. Louis, but overall it's a great place to visit.

For a list of 10 great attractions in each U.S. state, click here.

5-STAR ATTRACTIONS IN MISSOURI



Here is my opinionated list of 5-star attractions in Missouri. I believe each of these attractions should be on your Missouri bucket list since they are all noteworthy from a national perspective:

Northwestern Missouri
Pony Express National Museum, St. Joseph - transportation museum focusing on the historic mail route from Missouri to the Pacific coast
Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge - outstanding birdwatching refuge with hiking trails and an auto tour; huge spring and fall migrations

Western Missouri (including Kansas City)
Arabia Steamboat Museum, Kansas City - see 200 tons of salvaged items from a sunken boat
Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City - home of the Kansas City Chiefs NFL football team
BBQ restaurants in and around Kansas City - in my opinion, Kansas City has the best BBQ in the country (sorry NC, TN, and TX!)
Country Club Plaza, Kansas City - popular shopping and dining destination in Kansas City
Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, Independence - official museum and resting place of the 33rd president of the U.S.
Kaleidoscope, Kansas City - one of the top children's museums in the U.S.
Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City - famous for its exterior, which is painted like giant books; a great roadside attraction photo-op
Kansas City Zoo, Kansas City - large zoo with more than 1,700 animals
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City - beautiful performing arts center in downtown Kansas City
Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City - famed MLB ballpark; home of the Kansas City Royals
National Museum of Toys & Miniatures, Kansas City - claims it has the world's largest collection of "fine-scale miniatures"; many historic toys
National World War I Museum & Memorial, Kansas City - the only dedicated World War I museum in the U.S.
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City - exhibits on the history of Negro league baseball
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City - one of the very best art museums in the U.S.; the top attraction in Kansas City
Starlight Theatre, Kansas City - top-rated outdoor performance theater with Broadway shows and concerts
Union Station, Kansas City - museum and tourist attraction complex; there's a theatre, science museum, planetarium, and more

Branson, Missouri (see below for the rest of southwestern Missouri)
Adventure Ziplines of Branson - excellent zip-lining tours
Beyond the Lens! Family Fun - a technology and entertainment experience (e.g. virtual and augmented reality)
Branson Ferris Wheel - large ferris wheel with great views of the Branson area
Branson Landing - the best shopping district in Branson; includes a water fountain show
Branson's Promised Land Zoo - one of the top zoos in the Midwest
Buckets N Boards Comedy Percussion Show - a top-rated "musical variety, comedy, and percussion show"
Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure - several tropical-themed tourist attractions, including a butterfly aviary
Clay Cooper Theatre - "one of Branson's most beloved music and entertainment centers"; check website for current performers
Dean Z - Ultimate Elvis - one of Branson's famed live performances
Dutton Family Theater - one of Branson's famed live performances (singing, dancing, and musical instruments)
Escape Reality Magic & Illusions - one of Branson's famed live performances
Fritz's Adventure - one of the best indoor adventure parks for children (e.g. ropes courses, via ferrata, tunnels, rappelling, slides, etc.)
Haygoods, The - one of Branson's famed live performances
Illusionist Rick Thomas-Mansion of Dreams - one of Branson's famed live performances
Indian Point Zipline Adventure Tours - excellent zip-lining tours
Jerry Presley's God and Country Theaters - one of Branson's famed live performances
Moonshine Beach Recreation Area - popular sandy beach on Table Rock Lake
Petersens, The - one of Branson's famed live performances
Presley's Country Jubilee - one of Branson's famed live performances
Runaway Mountain Coaster - one several mountain coasters in the Branson area
Showboat Branson Belle - riverboat cruises offering food and entertainment
Sight & Sound Theatres - one of Branson's famed live performances; this one is focused on stories from the Bible
Silver Dollar City - Missouri's best amusement park and Branson's #1 attraction; one of the very best children's amusement parks in the U.S.
Table Rock Lake - a man-made lake with 800 miles of shoreline; excellent fishing and boating; swimming at Moonshine Beach
Titanic Museum - one of two excellent museums in the U.S. that focus on Titanic exhibits and artifacts (the other is in Pigeon Forge, TN)
Veterans Memorial Museum - excellent military museum
World's Largest Toy Museum - several buildings full of displays of your favorite childhood toys

Southwestern Missouri (including Joplin and Springfield; see above for Branson)
66 Drive-In Theatre, Carthage - enjoy a drive-in movie theatre on Route 66
Beebe's Roaring River Waterslide, Cassville - ride down a single concrete water slide; unbelievably fun for what it is
Bluff Dweller's Cavern & Browning Museum, Noel - excellent guided underground cave tours
Branson Zipline at Wolfe Mountain, Walnut Shade - great zip-lining tours
College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout - take a short walk to panoramic views of the Ozark Hills and Lake Taneycomo
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, Lampe - beautiful nature park with fishing, horseback riding, hiking, and cycling trails
Fantastic Caverns, Springfield - ride through a cave on a guided Jeep tour
Johnny Morris Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, Springfield - excellent aquarium plus wildlife exhibits
Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum, Mansfield - tour the historic home of the famous author
National Tiger Sanctuary, Saddlebrooke - visit a sanctuary for tigers, lions, and other animals
Table Rock Lake - a man-made lake with 800 miles of shoreline; excellent fishing and boating; swimming at Moonshine Beach
Talking Rocks Cavern, Branson West - guided underground cave tours
Top of the Rock Lost Canyon Cave, Ridgedale - 2.5 mile golf cart tour with scenic views, interesting rock formations, and waterfalls
Zipline USA, Reeds Spring - excellent zip-lining tours

Central Missouri (including Columbia and Jefferson City)
Bridal Cave, Camdenton - excellent guided underground cave tours
Clifty Creek Natural Bridge, Clifty Creek Natural Area - scenic 40-foot wide natural bridge
Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Camdenton - see interesting caves, tunnels, springs and sinkholes
Hermann Wine Trail - a group of seven wineries in the Hermann area
Lake of the Ozarks - often called the "premier lake destination in the Midwest"; outstanding boating, golfing, and fishing
Katy Trail, Katy Trail State Park - a 240-mile unpaved rail trail that is considered one of the very best long-distance rail trails in the U.S.
Meramec Caverns, Stanton - excellent cave tours; also nearby is good canoeing
Missouri State Penitentiary, Jefferson City - tour a decommissioned prison that operated from 1836 until 2004
Onondaga Cave State Park, Leasburg - excellent guided underground cave tours
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Columbia - 15 miles of hiking trails and several geologic attractions (including a rock bridge and a cave)
Stark Caverns, Eldon - excellent guided underground cave tours
Uranus, St. Robert - roadside attraction with many photo-ops related to the planet Uranus; not everyone will appreciate this tourist trap
Warm Springs Ranch, Boonville - visit a Clydesdale breeding facility

Northeastern Missouri (including Hannibal)
Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, Hannibal - visit the home of Mark Twain from 1839 and 1853
Mark Twain Cave Complex, Hannibal - guided underground cave tours; other activities offered (e.g. guided truck tours, other cave tours)
Rockcliffe Mansion, Hannibal - guided tours of a Georgian Revival style historic home

Eastern Missouri (including St. Louis)
Anheuser-Busch Brewery, St. Louis - tours of one of the world's largest beer-producing plants
Busch Stadium, St. Louis - beloved MLB ballpark and home of the St. Louis Cardinals
Bigfoot, Pacific - roadside attraction showing the Bigfoot monster truck; the town may have other monster trucks on display nearby
Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, St. Louis - visit a beautiful church and the world's largest collection of mosaic art
City Museum, St. Louis - the most insane children's playground on the planet; don't believe me? look it up on Google Images website
Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis - one of the highest rated performing arts centers in the U.S.
Forest Park, St. Louis - a huge and attractive urban park that was the setting of the 1904 World's Fair
Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis - visit the 630-foot arch dubbed the "Eiffel Tower of the Great Plains", plus western history exhibits
Grant's Farm, St. Louis - see Clydesdale horses and about 1,000 other animals
Historic District (Main Street), St. Charles - attractive historic district with boutique shops and restaurants
Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis - outdoor sculpture park with more than 60 sculptures along 1.4 miles of walking trails
Katy Trail, Katy Trail State Park - a 240-mile unpaved rail trail that is considered one of the very best long-distance rail trails in the U.S.
Magic House, The, St. Louis - a great children's museum
Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis - one of the nation's oldest botanical gardens; indoor and outdoor displays
Missouri Civil War Museum, St. Louis - one of the best Civil War museums in the U.S.
National Museum of Transportation, St. Louis - one of the best transportation museums in the country; nearly 200 major exhibits
Six Flags St. Louis & Hurricane Harbor, Eureka - the best amusement park and water park near St. Louis
St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis - one of the top art museums in the country
St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis - one of the top 5 zoos in the U.S.

Southeastern Missouri (including Eminence)
Alley Mill and Alley Spring, Eminence - tours of a beautiful red grist mill built in early 1900s
Boone Terre Mine, Bonne Terre - take a guided boat tour of the world's largest subterranean lake
Elephant Rocks State Park, Belleview - hike amongst billion year-old granite rocks; close to Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park
Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, Middle Brook - interesting geology plus good hiking trails and a swimming hole; close to Elephant Rocks SP
Mark Twain National Forest - large national forest with 750 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, mtn biking, and OHVs
Pickle Springs Natural Area, Sainte Genevieve - nature park with impressive rock formations, scenic bluff views, and waterfalls
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, Middlebrooke - hike to the highest point in Missouri; a separate hike leads to Taum Sauk Falls

Are you aware of any other 5-star attractions in Missouri? If so, please email me at gparsons66@hotmail.com.

For a list of 5-star attractions in neighboring states, click on any of these links:  AR  |  IA  |  IL  |  KS  |  KY  |  NE  |  OK  |  TN

BEST TOWNS & CITIES TO VISIT IN MISSOURI



These towns and cities in Missouri are generally regarded as the most interesting to travelers:

Branson - a small city with an enormous amount of tourist attractions; packed with amusement parks, museums, and performance theaters
Eminence - a small town dubbed the "canoe capital of the world"; location attractions include Alley Spring Grist Mill and the Blue Spring; lots of outdoor activities and wildlife viewing nearby (e.g. wild horses and elk)
Hannibal - a small city with a historic downtown; the home of Mark Twain; cave tours and water sports are nearby
Hermann - a small town with heavy German influence; filled with historic buildings and has several wineries; outdoor activities are nearby
Joplin - a medium-sized city with a historic downtown district; strong route 66 history; see Grand Falls; good golfing
Kansas City - a large city with some of the best BBQ in the world; professional sports are big here; strong jazz heritage; lots of public art
Lake of the Ozarks - a small town with great boating and other water-based activities; Missouri's "most popular lake destination"
St. Charles - a medium-sized city with a historic district; strong Lewis & Clark history; boutique shops & art galleries; nearby wineries
St. Louis - a large city with several great museums (e.g. City Museum) and green spaces (e.g. Forest Park); Gateway Arch National Park

It's tough to explain the tourist insanity that is city of Branson, Missouri. If you've been to places like Wisconsin Dells in Wisconsin or Pigeon Forge in Tennessee you'll have a good general idea.

My favorite large city in Missouri is St. Louis - I recommend that first-time visitors spend at least 2-3 nights there
My second favorite large city in Missouri is Kansas City - I recommend that first-time visitors spend at least 2-3 nights there
My favorite small city in Missouri is Branson - I recommend that first-time visitors spend at least 2-3 nights there

Click here if you'd like to see a complete list of towns and cities that I find interesting across the entire U.S.

WHAT IS MISSOURI FAMOUS FOR?



Here are some things that Missouri is famous or well-known for:

amusement parks / family-fun attractions
BBQ restaurants
caves / cave tours
civil rights history
lakes (e.g. Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock Lake)
Mark Twain
natural springs
professional sports
ribs
riverboats
roadside attractions
theaters / live performances / dinner theatres
wineries

Click here if you'd like to explore what other U.S. states are famous for.

NATIONAL PARKS IN MISSOURI



There is one official national park in Missouri. There are also several other federal parks and properties in the state, including:

National Parks
Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis - visit the 630-foot arch dubbed the "Eiffel Tower of the Great Plains", plus western history exhibits

National Monuments
George Washington Carver National Monument

National Forests
Mark Twain National Forest - six distinct districts spread across southern and central Missouri

National Historical Parks / Other National Parks & Properties
California National Historic Trail
Harry S. Truman National Historic Site
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail
Oregon National Historic Trail
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Pony Express National Historic Trail
Santa Fe National Historic Trail
St. Genevieve National Historic Park
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

For more information on Missouri's national parks, visit the Missouri page of the National Park Service. For an overview of all U.S. national parks, click here.

STATE PARKS IN MISSOURI



Missouri has more than 90 state parks. Many would agree that these represent Missouri's finest state parks:

Elephant Rocks State Park, Belleview - hike amongst billion year-old granite rocks; close to Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park
Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Camdenton - see interesting caves, tunnels, springs and sinkholes
Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, Middle Brook - interesting geology plus good hiking trails and a swimming hole; close to Elephant Rocks SP
Katy Trail State Park - a 240-mile unpaved rail trail that is considered one of the very best long-distance rail trails in the U.S.
Onondaga Cave State Park, Leasburg - excellent guided underground cave tours
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Columbia - 15 miles of hiking trails and several geologic attractions (including a rock bridge and a cave)
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, Middlebrooke - hike to the highest point in Missouri; a separate hike leads to Taum Sauk Falls

To see my list of the top 100 state parks in the country, click here.

BEST WATERFALLS IN MISSOURI



Missouri has only a few significant natural waterfalls. Here are many of the best waterfalls in Missouri:

Southwestern Missouri (including Branson, Joplin, and Springfield)
Dogwood Canyon Falls
Shoal Creek Falls

Southeastern Missouri (including Eminence)
Hickory Canyon Falls
Mina Sauk Falls
Rocky Falls

For a listing of all known waterfalls in Missouri, visit the World Waterfall Database.

BEST SCENIC DRIVES IN MISSOURI



This section coming soon!

For a list of great scenic drives in each U.S. state, click here.

BEST RAIL TRAILS IN MISSOURI



Here is a list of some the best rail trails (or similar cycling paths) in Missouri:

Katy Trail - a 240-mile unpaved rail trail that is considered one of the very best long-distance rail trails in the U.S.
Little Blue Trace Trail
Rock Island Spur of the Katy Trail

Of all the Missouri rail trails, the Katy Trail is the best and most famous. It is one of the premier rail trails in the United States.

For detailed information on all known rail trails in Missouri, visit the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy website.

BEST AMUSEMENT PARKS / THEME PARKS IN MISSOURI



There are several good amusement parks in Missouri, including:

Western Missouri (including Kansas City)
Worlds of Fun Oceans of Fun, Kansas City

Branson, Missouri (in southwestern Missouri)
Branson Coaster
Runaway Mountain Coaster
Silver Dollar City
Splash Country Indoor & Outdoor Waterpark
White Water

Central Missouri (including Columbia and Jefferson City)
Big Surf Waterpark, Linn Creek

Eastern Missouri (including St. Louis)
Six Flags & Hurricane Harbor St. Louis, Eureka

BEST MUSEUMS IN MISSOURI



Missouri has many excellent museums. The best museums in Missouri include:

Northwestern Missouri
Glore Psychiatric Museum, St. Joseph
Pony Express National Museum, St. Joseph

Western Missouri (including Kansas City)
Arabia Steamboat Museum, Kansas City
Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, Independence
Kaleidoscope, Kansas City
National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, Kansas City
National World War I Museum & Memorial, Kansas City
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

Southwestern Missouri (including Branson, Joplin, and Springfield)
Johnny Morris Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, Springfield
Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum, Mansfield
Titanic Museum
Veterans Memorial Museum
World's Largest Toy Museum

Central Missouri (including Columbia and Jefferson City)
Missouri State Penitentiary, Jefferson City

Northeastern Missouri (including Hannibal)
Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, Hannibal
Rockcliffe Mansion, Hannibal

St. Louis (in eastern Missouri)
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Magic House, The
Missouri Civil War Museum
Missouri History Museum
National Blues Museum
National Museum of Transportation
St. Louis Art Museum
St. Louis Science Center
World Chess Hall of Fame

Although the City Museum in St. Louis has the word "museum" in it, it's not really a museum. It's a gigantic, multi-story playground. It's an amazing place, especially for children, but it's just not really a museum.

BEST DAY HIKES IN MISSOURI



Missouri offers several great hiking trails. Here are some of the best day hikes in Missouri:

Western Missouri (including Kansas City)
White Tail Trail, Parkville Nature Sanctuary

Central Missouri (including Columbia and Jefferson City)
Clifty Creek Natural Bridge, Clifty Creek Natural Area

Eastern Missouri (including St. Louis)
Forest Park, St. Louis
Don Robinson State Park trails
Lewis & Clark Trails, Weldon Springs Conservation Area
River Scene Trail Loop, Castlewood State Park - moderate hike to great views of the Meramec River Valley
White Bison Trail Loop, Lone Elk Park

Southeastern Missouri
Bald Knob, Buford Mountain State Forest
Bell Mountain Loop Trail, Mark Twain National Forest
Cathedral Canyon (aka Dark Hollow or Lower Rock Creek), Mark Twain National Forest
Elephant Rock State Park trails
Ozark Trail: Klepzig Mill to Rocky Falls
Pickle Springs Natural Area trails
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park trails - e.g. Taum Sauk Tower, Mina Sauk Falls, etc.
Whispering Pines North Loop, Hawn State Park

The highpoint of Missouri is Taum Sauk Mountain (1,772') in southeastern Missouri. A relatively short and easy hike within Taum Sauk Mountain State Park is required to reach the top.

BEST BACKPACKING TRIPS IN MISSOURI



Missouri offers some great backpacking opportunities. Here are a few great backpacking areas/trails in Missouri to get you started:

Big Piney Trail
Mark Twain National Forest
Ozark Trail

The Missouri State Parks website has good information on all state parks where backpacking is possible. There are actually quite a few state parks that allow it.

CLASSIC OUTDOOR ADVENTURES IN MISSOURI



Missouri offers many great outdoor adventures, including:

Backpacking the Ozark Trail
Bouldering in Elephant Rocks State Park
Canoeing/kayaking Beaver Creek
Canoeing/kayaking the Big Piney River
Canoeing/kayaking the Current River
Canoeing/kayaking the Eleven Point National Scenic River
Canoeing/kayaking the Gasconade River
Canoeing/kayaking the Jacks Fork River
Canoeing/kayaking the James River
Canoeing/kayaking the Meramec River
Canoeing/kayaking the Niangua River
Canoeing/kayaking the North Fork of the White River
Cave tours at any one of Missouri's famous show caves
Cycling the Indian Creek Bike/Hike Trail
Cycling the Katy Trail
Helicopter tours in Branson (e.g. Chopper Charter)
Mountain biking in Castlewood State Park
Mountain biking in Eureka Mountain Bike Park
Mountain biking in Landahl Mountain Bike Park
Mountain biking on the Ozark Trail
Mountain biking in Shepherd Mountain Bike Park
Mountain biking gin Sunbridge Hills Conservation Area
Mountain biking in Swope Park
Mountain biking in Two Rivers Bike Park
Parasailing on Lake of the Ozarks
Rock climbing at Johnson Shut-Ins State Park
Rock climbing at Providence
Rock climbing at Robinson Bluff
Skydiving in Bolivar, Butler, Clinton, Miller, Mineola, or Sullivan
Tubing the Current River
Tubing Huzzah Creek
Tubing the Jacks Fork River
Tubing the North Fork of the White River

SKI RESORTS IN MISSOURI



There are only two actively-operating ski resorts in Missouri (Hidden Valley and Snow Creek), and both are relatively small. Neither of these ski areas is of national significance.

MISSOURI TRAVEL TIPS



For offbeat and unique Missouri attractions, visit one or both of these amazing websites: Atlas Obscura and Roadside America

UNIQUE / SPECIALTY FOODS TO TRY IN MISSOURI



Here are some unique / specialty foods to try while you are in Missouri:

BBQ pork burgers
cashew chicken
fried crappie fillets
fried ravioli ("toasted ravioli")
frozen custard / concretes
gooey butter cake
grilled pork burgers
Kansas City BBQ
porksteaks
slingers
St. Louis-style ribs
toasted raviolis

For a list of unique foods and mom-and-pop type eateries and restaurants in Missouri (or any other U.S. state), visit the Roadfood.com website.
For a list of unique foods to try in each of the 50 U.S. states, click here.
For a list of the top-rated beers to try in Missouri (or any other U.S. state), visit the Beer Advocate website.

OTHER KEY MISSOURI INFORMATION



State Capital:
Jefferson City

Major Airports:
St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL), Kansas City International Airport (MCI), and to a far lesser extent, Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF)

Largest Cities:
Kansas City (517,750), St. Louis (298,034), Springfield (171,112), Columbia (129,804), Independence (124,247), Lee's Summit (103,056)

Primary U.S. Interstates:
I-29, I-35, I-44, I-59, I-55, I-70

State Highpoint:
Taum Sauk Mountain (1,772') within Taum Sauk Mountain State Park in southeastern Missouri; a relatively short hike is required to reach the top (or you can elect to do a longer hike from a different trailhead)

Professional Sports Teams:
MLB: Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals
NFL: Kansas City Chiefs
NHL: St. Louis Blues

Funny or Unique Town/City Names:
Dolittle, Humansville, Knob Noster, Licking, Peculiar, Success, Tightwad, and Uranus

Take note that in general this travel guide intentionally excluded restaurants, lodging/hotels, breweries, wineries/vineyards, and certain other types of attractions (like arcades, ax-throwing, bowling alleys, and escape rooms). These types of places tend to come and go, and keeping up with that would be too challenging. I encourage you to use Google Maps, Tripadvisor, Yelp, and other travel sites that have reader reviews to find the latest and greatest places that I haven't covered here.



Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri
Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

Branson, Missouri
mural in Branson, Missouri

Beebe's Roaring River in Cassville, Missouri
Beebe's Roaring River water slide in Cassville, Missouri

Bigfoot in Pacific, Missouri
Bigfoot in Pacific, Missouri

Aquarium at the Boardwalk in Branson, Missouri
Aquarium at the Boardwalk in Branson, Missouri

World's Largest Toy Museum in Branson, Missouri
World's Largest Toy Museum in Branson, Missouri

World's Largest Toy Museum in Branson, Missouri
World's Largest Toy Museum in Branson, Missouri

World's Largest Banjo in Branson, Missouri
World's Largest Banjo in Branson, Missouri

Dolly Parton's Stampede in Branson, Missouri
Dolly Parton's Stampede dinner theater in Branson, Missouri

top of the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri
rooftop area of the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri


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