Stephen Foutes

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

Missouri Barbecue Musts

A benevolent cousin recently re-ignited my passion for barbecue (not that the flame needed much stoking) by gifting me an electric smoker. Since then, most of my weekends have been spent prepping and smoking pork shoulders and ribs – even chicken that turns out pretty well – while keeping my trusty charcoal grill fired up for burgers and hot dogs. …

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Discover Art Districts in Missouri

Fun on the water is best enjoyed on hot summer days and there’s nothing like the crisp fall air for watching football. But there’s no prescribed season for celebrating the arts, which means it’s among the activities to embrace year-round in Missouri, where several arts districts make it convenient for you have diverse experiences on your art-focused outings. Here’s a …

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Let’s Visit Independence Mo on Independence Day

It’s almost Independence Day, which means it’s a great time to talk about Independence, Missouri’s fifth-largest city. Perhaps best known as the home of President Harry S. Truman, Independence, nicknamed the “Queen City of the Trails,” has a fascinating history. Find out why when you visit the National Frontier Trails Museum to learn about the city’s position on the Santa …

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Take a 10-Day Getaway in Missouri

Well, you’ve done it. Everyone you know is jealous, but you’re pumped. You’ve got 10 days – 10 days! – off and Missouri is your vacation destination. Should you set your sights on St. Louis and the Gateway Arch? What about seeing how many barbecue restaurants you can visit in Kansas City? Maybe you want to take your time cruising …

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Take a 5-day Getaway in Missouri

You can do a lot or a little. Yes, vacations are a wonderful thing. The next time you find yourself with five free days and nothing pressing on the agenda, make plans to visit Missouri. With a full week at your disposal, there’s plenty of time to explore multiple locations, especially if you love being outdoors. Your five-day trip to …

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3-day Summer Getaway in Missouri

It’s short and sweet. And you definitely need it. Add a three-day Missouri getaway to your to-do list this summer and plan to have a great time sightseeing, enjoying excellent meals and taking a break from the stress of daily life. There are many outstanding places to spend a three-day weekend in the Show-Me State, so selecting one may be …

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New Things to do at Missouri Amusement Parks 2017

An often-quoted movie promo notes that, “In space, no one can hear you scream.” The same cannot be said here on Earth, where those in close proximity hear you shout and shriek with delight as you experience roller coasters and thrill rides at Missouri’s theme and amusement parks. For 2017, the Show-Me State’s largest parks, Six Flags St. Louis, Worlds …

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Missouri Summer Festivals 2017

With celebrations of everything from food, music and regional heritage to the arts, the nation’s founding and international cultures, Missouri has a variety of fairs and festivals to enjoy this summer. Your summer travels in the Show-Me State might lead to the El Dorado Springs Picnic (July 20-22), a community tradition that includes nightly performances by the El Dorado Springs …

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Celebrate Truman’s Birthday in Missouri

It’s about 1,100 miles from Lamar, Missouri, to Washington, D.C., and he no doubt would have enjoyed the walk. But Harry S. Truman’s path to the White House wasn’t that direct. Before becoming president, Truman served in the Army during World War I, worked retail at a men’s clothing store in Kansas City, served as a judge in Jackson County, …

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12 Weeks, 12 Missouri Lakes

Twelve weeks. That’s about how long summer lasts, starting with Memorial Day weekend and running through mid-August, with the first day of school as summer’s unofficial ending. While the season’s stay is oh-so brief, you can cram a lot of fun into those 12 weeks, especially if your travels include Missouri’s recreational lakes. Fun abounds when you’re out on the …

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