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Missouri has Central Role in Wildlife Migration

North America’s greatest wildlife migration is underway – and Missouri is smack dab in the middle of it. Millions of ducks, geese, swans, pelicans and other waterfowl are on their annual trek to warmer climes for winter, generally along four major flyways (the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central and Pacific) that go north to south across the continent. The Mississippi Flyway starts ... Read More »

Christmas Print Evokes Holiday Nostalgia

If you love nostalgic Christmas prints featuring our Missouri Route 66 heritage, the newest public art commission by Viva Cuba is one you can add to your gift list. The commission to Missouri artist Ray Harvey allows citizens to take public art into their homes. Harvey was commissioned to bring elements of Cuba’s past and present to life for a ... Read More »

Veterans Day in Pulaski County USA

There’s no better place to spend Veterans Day than alongside your veterans in Pulaski County USA, Home of Fort Leonard Wood. But first, how did Veterans Day come to be?  Your history lesson, courtesy of the Department of Veterans Affairs Website: The Treaty of Versailles officially ended World War I (“The Great War”) on June 28, 1919, even though fighting ... Read More »

Vote Vino, Pulaski County’s Hometown Star!

Pulaski County USA is proud to support Waynesville native Vino Alan, a contestant on FOX’s “The X Factor” this year!  He took the stage with confidence in Kansas City, on Sept. 15, to prove to the judges that he indeed has the “X Factor” that will win him the $5 million dollar recording contract. Although some judged Alan on his ... Read More »

Fall Road Trip through the Ozarks

Take a minute to enjoy this photo essay, which showcases beautiful fall color in the Missouri Ozarks. The photos were taken by Tom Uhlenbrock, a Missouri Division of State Parks staffer and frequent contributor to the VisitMOBistro. Read More »

Take a Drive!

I’m a summer person … summer clothes, summer shoes, summer fun … so I’m usually less than thrilled with the approach of fall. It gets dark earlier, the weather turns cooler, and it means winter is not far behind. But it’s all in the attitude.  I can whine about it (which I will), or I can take a moment to look around. ... Read More »

Coffee Ethic a Great Blend of Taste, Practices and Decor

The Coffee Ethic is somehow industrial and welcoming at once, a coffee shop in the heart of Springfield that combines delicious coffee, outstanding ethical business practices, and killer décor. Enter from the side and find yourself in a long, open space full of light and coffee-scented air. The bar is a complex, multi-level structure covered in curving walnut slats salvaged ... Read More »

Cuddle Up to Columbia this Winter

With temperatures falling, visitors to Columbia may need a little help keeping warm during the fall and winter…that’s where we come in!  Here are just a few ideas on how to heat up your time in Columbia over the colder months…you’ll thank us when you can feel your feet! Take a Sip: One of the best ways to warm up ... Read More »

Site Commemorates African-American Soldiers’ Civil War Service

A plot of rolling prairie near Butler on the Kansas border is Missouri’s newest state-park facility, serving as a monument to the bravery of the African-American Union soldiers who fought a small but important Civil War battle there. The 240 soldiers, many of them escaped slaves, were members of the First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry and took part in what ... Read More »