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Best of Show: Keep Kansas City on Your Radar

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The Huffington Post named Kansas City one of the top five cities you should keep your eye on, if you aren’t already. Affectionately nicknamed KCMO, the city was founded in 1850. According to the Kansas City Public Library’s website, KCMO was originally incorporated as the “Town of Kansas.” In 1889, after undergoing several incorporations, Kansas City was the final name ... Read More »

Hike Missouri’s Highest Peak at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

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This state park in Southeast Missouri features 7,500 acres of hickory forests, rocky glades and geologic wonders that make it a perfect getaway for hikers during any season. Overlook point at Taum-Sauk Mountain State Park #earlymorninghike #beautiful #mostateparks A photo posted by Jessica Carter (@jessica_rochell) on Sep 9, 2014 at 9:00am PDT Taum Sauk is home to the highest point ... Read More »

Best of Show: Louie’s Gooey Butter Cake

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Business Insider scoured America for the best dessert of each state. For Missouri the honor goes to Gooey Louie’s in St. Louis, for its famous gooey butter cake. This Gooey Louie cake is all natural, made from scratch and offered Tuesday through Sunday. This sweet treat was originally made by accident during the 1930s in St. Louis. A baker put ... Read More »

Enjoy a Cold-Weather Hike at Weston Bend State Park

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Weston Bend State Park is 30 minutes north of downtown Kansas City. The park includes many trails that make for the perfect cold-weather hike day-trip. With the weather cooling down, a brisk walk is just the thing to get you out and moving to hold off hibernation for just a little while longer. These trails are ideal for hiking, bicycling ... Read More »

Best of Show: Two Southeast Missouri State Parks That Take Your Breath Away

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Enjoy Mother Nature’s backyard by visiting two magnificent parks located in southeast Missouri’s Arcadia Valley. According to the Missouri State Parks, Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park has about one billion years of geological history. The 8,549-acre park was formed through a combination of erupting volcanoes and natural erosion caused by wind and rain. Camping, swimming, horseback riding and taking a walk ... Read More »

Best of Show: Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours

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Men’s Health magazine named the Anheuser-Busch Brewery tour one of America’s Best Brewery Tours, so men bring your buds (pun intended) for some brews in St. Louis. Ladies you are certainly welcome and, yes, children can take the tour. While anyone younger than 21 can’t (obviously) taste any of the beer they can check out the famous Clydesdale horses, the ... Read More »

Best of Show: Saint Louis Zoo Gets a Roaring Round of Applause

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Best attraction goes to the animals! TripAdvisor has named Saint Louis Zoo the third best zoo in America and the forth best zoo in the world. As anyone who has been to the Saint Louis Zoo knows, there is no denying those cute fuzzy faces. If you aren’t one of the three million people who visit the Saint Louis Zoo ... Read More »

Missouri Small Towns Can Mean Big Fun for Visitors

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There’s something magical about being in a small town this time of year; a simple, hometown holiday. Parades. Festivals. Traditions. Beautiful vistas. Delicious treats. Unique shopping. The list goes on and on. Small towns are a great place to find incredible entertainment during the holidays and year-round. Chillicothe’s Holiday Parade (held each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving) is one such ... Read More »

Missouri Fall Hikes: Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

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Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is a geological gem located just 15 minutes south of Columbia. This 2,272-acre day-park is full of trails, caves, creeks, natural wonders and spectacular views. Picnic benches are available for enjoying lunches and there is a playground for children. The rustic beauty of the surrounding area could make you forget to look at your watch. ... Read More »