Stephen Foutes

Stephen Foutes is Communications Coordinator for the Missouri Division of Tourism.

Add Some Fun to Back-to-School Shopping in Missouri

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With Fourth of July well in the rearview mirror, it’s time to come to terms with something difficult: summer’s end is drawing near. It won’t be long before you’re packing lunches and the kids are heading out the door for another campaign at school. Fortunately, there’s still time to play in Missouri. In fact, any upcoming back-to-school shopping outings you …

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Check Out Missouri’s Brand New Echo Bluff State Park

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Echo Bluff State Park is one of those places you must visit to truly appreciate. The newest addition to Missouri’s robust State Parks system, Echo Bluff is situated along Highway 19 in northern Shannon County, between Salem and Eminence. The park officially opens July 30. The natural beauty and modern features will appeal to both hearty outdoors enthusiasts and to …

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Gear Up for Adventure on Missouri’s Katy Trail

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Missouri’s Katy Trail (technically Katy Trail State Park) is a popular pedestrian and bicycle path that runs across the heart of Missouri. Starting near St. Charles on the east, the approximately 240-mile trail parallels the Missouri River until it reaches the Boonville area, where it takes a southwesterly path through Sedalia to its ending point near Clinton.   The mostly …

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7 Reasons to Get Excited About Missouri State Fair 2016

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There’s no better way to cap the summer. The Missouri State Fair brings 11 days of family fun, food and live entertainment to Sedalia, where hundreds of thousands of visitors flock each year for the season’s unofficial “last hurrah.” With everything from 4-H and FFA exhibits and tractor pulls to carnival rides and major musical acts, the Missouri State Fair …

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Things to Know Before Your Missouri Zoo Adventure

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Your vacation in Missouri can get as wild as you’d like, but it doesn’t mean things have to be out of control. Missouri has three large zoos and a collection of zoo-like farms and parks that give you the chance to get up close and personal with all manner of critters, from massive polar bears to little lambs. For now, …

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Sights to See Before Royals and Cardinals Games

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While Major League Baseball action generally heats up after the All-Star break, fans of Missouri’s teams have reason to celebrate before the annual Midsummer Classic. For four nights in late June, the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals face off in the 2016 edition of the I-70 series. On Monday and Tuesday, June 27 and 28, the defending World …

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Make Father’s Day Epic in Missouri

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Dad is probably perfectly content staying home, firing up the grill and having a quiet Father’s Day. But you’ve made it a priority to make this year special: a Father’s Day (June 19) for the books. You want it to be one that reminds the old man just how much he means to you. An ambitious plan for an awesome …

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Missouri Summer Festivals 2016

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The festivals in Missouri this summer are as diverse as the state itself. From early June through Labor Day, you find special events in Missouri’s largest cities, including St. Louis, which hosts the 10th Annual St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival on June 11, and Kansas City, where the Boulevardia celebration runs June 17-19.  Springfield has the Birthplace of Route 66 …

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Summer Road Trips: Highway 36

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School may be the farthest thing from your kids’ minds for 90 glorious days of summer, but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn a thing or two – and have fun doing it – during these days of freedom. This summer, help your kids learn about the Show-Me State by visiting these spots where kids and learning go hand-in-hand. Best …

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Missouri Road Trip Essentials

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From useful apps and snack foods to insider tips, there’s a lot to know when preparing for your epic Missouri adventure. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of road-trip essentials to help ensure your Missouri getaway is fun, memorable and worth repeating. Awesome apps (the virtual kind, not the ones on a plate at Chili’s) Gas Buddy – …

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