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Top 10 ‘Must Do’s’ at Lake of the Ozarks This Summer

Enjoy the thrill of boating on Lake of the Ozarks

  The Lake of the Ozarks is known for summer fun! Whether it is on the water or on land there are lots of fun “Must Do’s” at the Lake. Many people think of the Lake and assume you must have a boat to have fun. It is actually just the opposite. Well, let me rephrase that … yes, having ... Read More »

Discover Nature With a Staycation This Holiday Weekend

Explore Painted Rock Conservation Area at Westphalia.

As the long Memorial Day weekend approaches, the Missouri Department of Conservation encourages people to discover nature as they celebrate the holiday. A close, easy and inexpensive way is through a “staycation” where you stay home or close to it, and venture out for day-trips. Explore nature near you Enjoy hiking, biking, boating, horseback riding, walking the woods, picnics, fishing, ... Read More »

Art Walks Showcase Missouri’s Best

Carthage is just one Missouri city to find an art walk. (Photo by Koral Martin, courtesy Missouri Arts Council)

It’s a balmy spring evening on Main Street, Missouri. Every storefront window is alight. As you stroll along, you see through the glass bright flashes of color from displays of paintings, photographs, jewelry, sculpture — and crowds of people admiring and talking about them. The door to a restaurant swings open to the sounds of conversation and laughter. On one ... Read More »

Columbia is Exactly What You Unexpect

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Time and time again, visitors are delightfully surprised by what Columbia has to offer. From picturesque parks and clever cuisine to amazing art and superb shopping, visitors find Columbia is ‘more than a college town’ and ‘surprisingly sophisticated.’ We like to think of Columbia as a cool neighborhood in a big city, with a young vibe, an active buzz and ... Read More »

Enjoy the Water: 10 Fun Missouri Floats

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Editor’s note: Writer Tom Uhlenbrock has spent a lot of time on Missouri’s floatable rivers and streams. Here, he outlines 10 trips you might consider for your Missouri float-trip experience. The list features destinations in the Ozarks, with a few lodging choices. Anglers may prefer other rivers like the Big Piney or Gasconade for fishing, although the cold, clear floating ... Read More »

What’s for Dinner?

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My job requires a lot of creative energy. When I need that ‘oomph to get my creative juices flowing, I jump in my SUV and head out for a farm visit! What better way to clear my head than to pick a tomato, admire Norton grapes, scratch a goat’s ear, or think about all those T-bone steaks in that cow ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, President Truman

Buck Stops Here on Truman Desk

President Harry Truman loved all things history and anything to do with his adopted hometown of Independence, Missouri. To honor his memory, the historic tourism attractions of Independence celebrate his birthday on Saturday, May 4 – which coincides with the start of National Travel and Tourism week. Echoing the famous slogan on a sign that sat on his desk which ... Read More »

Visitors Keep the Ball Rolling at Kactus Creek

Team competition at Kactus Creek in Parkville.

Canon shots, wickets, Chernobyl, Irish Peel? Yep, it’s just a normal day at Kactus Creek Croquet Club in Platte County. With warmer temperatures, it’s time to start thinking about golf … or should I say golf croquet! When visitors arrive at the Welcome Center in the Platte County Resource Center, they invariably ask “What’s there to do in Platte County?” ... Read More »

Spring Capers in Cape Girardeau

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Cabin fever getting you down? Restless and need to get away? Make plans for a springtime getaway to Cape Girardeau. With excellent local shops found throughout Cape Girardeau, you’re sure to find treasures galore. Featuring local gift emporiums, home décor shops, specialty boutiques and a thriving antiquing district, Cape Girardeau is bursting with unique places to peruse; everyone will ask ... Read More »

The City of Fountains

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Kansas City is known for many things – among them jazz, barbecue and fountains – all of which add to KC’s unique culture.  As a native, I’m proud to say I was exposed to all at an early age. But what seems to surprise most visitors are our beautiful and vast amount of fountains. When I was growing up, fountains ... Read More »