Author Archives: Elise Eimer

Missouri Indoor Water Parks Make Winter Vacations Easy

Coco Keys Water Resort in Kansas City.

When Missouri’s winter winds start to bite, the daydreams begin: sun-warmed beach, surfing, swimming, floating lazily down a warm stream.  Fortunately, you don’t have to hop a plane to one of the coasts or a tropical island.  Just head to one of the Show-Me State’s many indoor pools and water parks for some weather-proof fun and relaxation the whole family ... Read More »

Silver Dollar City Makes a Holiday Best Bet

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Branson is known for its all-year-round heartland experiences. A lot of what keeps the vacation destination busy in the winter has a lot to do with shopping and shows but, also, the warm and cheerful feeling you get from visiting Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas. Recently, Silver Dollar City was named by USA Today  as one of the ... Read More »

Lonely Planet Names Kansas City a Top Destination for 2014

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It seems unlikely that people who frequent attractions in Kansas City will find themselves alone anytime soon. Today, travel website Lonely Planet named Kansas City as one of its Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2014. Lonely Planet’s selections were announced on CNN.com earlier today, and Kansas City came in No. 6. Emily Woman, editor-at-large for Lonely Planet, says the selections ... Read More »

Missouri is Home to the Happiest Cities

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St. Louis and Kansas City are the top two happiest cities in the U.S.! Jetpac analyzed more than 100 million Instagram photos of people smiling and laughing and created a list of the 20 happiest cities in the U.S. So, what has these two Missouri cities grinning ear to ear? Well for starters, the St. Louis Cardinals went to the World ... Read More »

Missouri Botanical Garden Glow

Photo by Daniel Doelling.

It’s officially the season of twinkling lights and hot cocoa. At the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, it’s also the season of kettle corn and roasted marshmallows, Christmas-light-covered hedge mazes and magical mistletoe photo ops, lit Christmas tree forests and a singing dance-party to pull it all together.   Garden Glow, aka the most wonderful walk-through winter wonderland light ... Read More »

Missouri Winter Events

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Across Missouri, seasonal celebrations take place in large cities and small towns, offering visitors an array of choices, from parades and drive-through light parks to live music and regional cuisine. Here’s a look at Missouri winter events designed to get you in the mood for this splendid season.   Read More »

The Forgotten Holiday: National Candy Corn Day

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It is the end of October and Halloween decorations are everywhere. There are three things that always come to my mind when I think about Halloween: Pumpkins, scary movies and candy corn. Admittedly, it’s never been my FAVORITE candy but it has always been a necessity. It just doesn’t quite qualify as fall/Halloween if, at some point, I don’t grab ... Read More »

Where to Go on a Missouri Gameday

Mizzou pride in Columbia, MO.

It’s about that time when you want to watch every game possible but you just don’t have the money to sit in a seat at the stadium. Well go for the next best thing: Huge TVs, tasty food and an impeccable atmosphere. Between St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia we’ve got you covered for some great places to enjoy the ... Read More »

Fall Underground Hikes: Springfield Caves

Smallin Civil War Cave in Ozark, Missouri, just south of Springfield.

Missouri is known for many different things – great lakes and rivers for summer float trips and boat outings, picturesque wine trails with award-winning wine, and sports teams with fans that put others to shame. But one of the most interesting things about the Show-Me State is its abundance of caves. With 17 show caves and more than 6,500 more ... Read More »

Hiking Ha Ha Tonka

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A lot of people tend to go to Ha Ha Tonka State Park to see the stunning early 20th century mansion ruins that sit atop the bluffs of the Lake of the Ozarks. While the castle ruins are a natural draw, the gorgeous and elaborate trails that weave through the park’s grounds are the real stars of the show. There ... Read More »