Stephen Foutes

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

Antiquing in Missouri: Sikeston

If you’re from or travel to Missouri often, you’ve probably heard of Sikeston. Yes, it is home to the legendary Lambert’s Café. Yes, it hosts the Bootheel Rodeo each year. And yes, Neal E. Boyd, season three winner of “America’s Got Talent,” hales from Sikeston. Sikeston also is an excellent destination for antique shoppers. Along with a handful of storefronts, …

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Find Something Spooky at Missouri State Parks

There’s nothing particularly frightening about any of Missouri’s Official State Parks and Historic Sites, but as the Halloween season approaches and you find yourself in the mood for the macabre, a handful might make your must-see list. For starters, check out the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site in Kansas City. While it’s noted as the home …

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4 Beautiful Fall Drives in Missouri

Missouri has excellent routes for memorable fall drives, with the rolling hills and winding back roads of the Missouri Ozarks serving up beautiful spots for enjoying fall foliage. Sometimes, though, staying on the beaten path is just as enjoyable, as Missouri’s major highways offer scenic views and convenient access to attractions. Here’s a look at four fall drives to consider …

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Super Shopping at Missouri’s Comic Book Stores

What do zombies, Kryptonians, billionaires in bat (and iron!) suits, mutants and genetically enhanced humans have in common? You can find them all at comic book shops in Missouri, where heroes and villains can become a fun part of your vacation shopping spree. Sure, most of the shopping you do while traveling revolves around outlet malls, antique stores and souvenir …

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Tips for Enjoying Fall Camping in Missouri 

Fall in Missouri means long-sleeved shirts, blue jeans, evenings around a fire and enjoying cooler temperatures and beautiful colors with your favorite traveling companions. The reasons to travel to Missouri in the fall are myriad, from festivals and foliage, to sporting events and sightseeing. Camping is another popular fall activity in Missouri. By late September and early October, the humid …

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Take a Fall Drive in Missouri

Trees drenched in shades of red, orange and yellow are a sure sign, and favorite annual occurrence, of autumn in Missouri.  And with so much foliage, the Show-Me State is an ideal place for fall leaf-peeping. Of course, there’s a lot of ground to cover in Missouri, so picking a route might be the most difficult part of your excursion. …

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Find Romance Along the Katy Trail

The flat, crushed limestone surface of Missouri’s Katy Trail is ideally suited for foot and bicycle traffic (some sections also permit horseback riding) and it’s an excellent gateway to a variety of Missouri adventures. You probably know the trail stretches 240 miles on an east-west alignment across Missouri, paralleling the Missouri River for much of the route. What you may …

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Grab a Bite on the Katy Trail

Missouri’s Katy Trail is an excellent gateway to a variety of Missouri adventures. Not only does the 240-mile trail offer quick access to campgrounds and fantastic photo opportunities, it’s located close to a several bed and breakfasts, retail shops, cities of varying sizes and, naturally, excellent restaurants and wineries. No matter what types of food and drink your palate prefers, …

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Camping Along the Katy Trail

The flat, crushed limestone surface of Missouri’s Katy Trail is ideally suited for foot and bicycle traffic (some sections also permit horseback riding) and it’s an excellent gateway to a variety of Missouri adventures. You probably know the trail stretches 240 miles on an east-west alignment across Missouri, starting near St. Charles and paralleling the Missouri River for much of …

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Missouri Fall Festivals 2016

Fall is a season of celebration in Missouri, where opportunities to enjoy live music, parades, shopping, food and activities for all ages are abundant. The lineup of fall fairs and festivals in Missouri is incredible, with enough to keep you busy from the start of school through Oktoberfest. Missouri’s fairs and festivals come in all sizes, from events focusing on …

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