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Explore Washington County

Council Bluff Lake in Belgrade, Mo. (Photo by Melissa Gilliam)

Tucked away in south-central Missouri are nearly a half a million acres of quiet Ozarks hills, beautiful lakes, charming businesses and great destinations for day trips and overnight getaways. Whether you’re looking for camping, hunting or shopping, Washington County is worth exploring. Washington County boasts beautiful landscapes and outstanding opportunities for enjoying the outdoors. Mark Twain National Forest covers much ... Read More »

Civil War Murals on Route 66 in Cuba, Mo.

The Civil War-related murals in Cuba, Mo.

People usually don’t think of Route 66 in conjunction with the Civil War, but as the U.S. commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Cuba, Missouri, known as the “Route 66 Mural City” can boast a Civil War attraction. As part of its outdoor mural project, Viva Cuba, a community betterment organization, commissioned 12 outdoor murals along the Route ... Read More »

Every Time I Float …

Floating is a great way to spend a day in Missouri.

… down one of our rivers, the beauty of Missouri never ceases to amaze me. Whether it’s a beautiful sunfish that puts up a good fight or a lone wildflower surrounded by blades of grass, there’s something around every corner for anyone who gets in a canoe.  I’m always looking for that next piece of serenity, but I also realize ... Read More »

Make the Most of Your Missouri Fishing Trip

Here's a brown trout taken from Lake Taneycomo, near Branson.

“The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad,” is a quote from famous author and fisherman, not necessarily in that order, A.K. Best. And every time I read this quote, I think to myself and laugh a little, because that must have been a day Mr. Best didn’t use a fishing guide. Missouri is blessed with an ... Read More »

St. Pat’s Rolla – Get Your Green On!

The St. Pat's Parade is one of the fun aspects of the annual holiday celebration in Rolla.

The 103rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, one of the oldest and most celebrated St. Pat’s Parades in the state of Missouri, will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12, on Pine Street in downtown Rolla. Immediately following the parade, the 103rd Annual Best Ever St. Pat’s Concert will feature the band “Reel Big Fish,” at the Rolla Downtown Bandshell, ... Read More »

A New Look for MoStateParks.com

The Missouri Division of Start Parks and Historic Sites has launched a new website . I might be biased, but we believe the new MoStateParks.com is awesome. Set aside that it’s a lot more visually pleasing than our old website. It’s just a whole lot more useful. For the first time, you can really get a sense of what our parks are like ... Read More »

True/False Film Festival

The True/False Film Festival in Columbia is one of the nation's top film festival events.

Columbia is home to many spectacular festivals, and people can’t stop talking about the True/False Film Festival. Now in its eighth year, True/False is earning international attention as one of the best documentary film festivals in the world. From March 3-6, Columbia will be transformed into a film lover’s utopia with four days of films, musical performances, workshops and parties. ... Read More »

How do They do That, Anyway?

A look at the site and early work on the new Mississippi River Bridge in St. Louis.

Have you ever wondered what goes into building a major river bridge? Tours are now being offered for the New Mississippi River Bridge in St. Louis, where you can see, up close, how these impressive structures take shape. The Mississippi River Bridge project will create a new gateway between Illinois and Missouri that provides better connections to and through St. ... Read More »

On Location in Missouri

Crews work on a scene of the film Killshot in Cape Girardeau, near the Common Pleas Courthouse.

Did you know more than 100 feature films have been made in Missouri? It’s true, and you can see a timeline of the movies made in Missouri at http://www.missouribusiness.net/film/credits.asp. Additionally, hundreds of TV show segments have put the spotlight on cities and towns in Missouri. Those shows include TLC’s Trading Spaces , What Not to Wear and Toddlers and Tiaras; ... Read More »

Yaya scores with trip to Puppetry Arts Institute

Yaya's grandson, Tommy, watches as a volunteer attaches a cloth body to the puppet he made during a visit to Puppetry Arts Institute.

      Darned if I was going to be dragged down into senior citizenship without a fight by letting my grandchildren call me “grandma.” The very word conjures up images of little old ladies hunched over knitting needles, warmed by fuzzy cardigans and sporting chunky black lace up shoes – not an option for a boomer ex-soccer mom who ... Read More »