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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

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Columbia

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 »

Romantic Fall Getaways in Missouri Wine Country

Les Bourgeous Vineyards

Fall in love with Missouri wine country. Get away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life and focus on what is really important – wine and a good time. These scenic areas of the state offer romantic fall getaways for you and your sweetheart. Drink a little wine, take in the views, stroll the vineyards and explore the ... Read More »

Eagle Days Help You Discover Nature Around the State

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Join thousands of wildlife watchers around the state to view our nation’s symbol in action. December through February, Missouri’s winter eagle watching is spectacular. Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) through Eagle Days events around the state and enjoy eagle-viewing on your own. Because of our big rivers, many lakes and expansive wetlands, Missouri is one of ... Read More »

Independence: Trails, Rails and Swales

Waterfall Park in Independence.

Stoney Creek at Waterfall Park  Queen City of the Trails offers more than 11 miles of walking and biking paths and new lodge-like accommodations for outdoor enthusiasts. Coming this November to Independence is a new kind of hotel and conference center with distinctive, lodge-like accommodations and friendly service that puts comfort first.  Situated inside Waterfall Park, neighboring to Bass Pro ... Read More »

Missouri Naturalists Creatively Teach Outdoor Survival Skills

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) made sure participants walked away from a special, Halloween-related outdoor event feeling confident in their chances of surviving in the wild. Participants at MDC’s Survival Skills 101: Zombies course learned a lot out Missouri’s great outdoors and how to survive in the event of, you guessed it, a zombie apocalypse. If navigating unknown territory ... Read More »

Best of Show: Best Pie in the Midwest

Kimmswick

The Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery comes from humble beginnings, but it is no stranger to fame. The pie from this bakery in historic Kimmswick has been named the best pie in the Midwest by AAA Midwest Traveler. The pie you absolutely must try is Mary Hostetter’s Carmel Pecan Levee High Apple Pie. This pie made it onto the list ... Read More »

5 Haunted Places in Missouri

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Missouri is home to the creepy, the crawly and things that go bump in the night. There are plenty of haunted places around the state to satisfy your Halloween scare cravings and make you check under your bed twice. Here are five haunted places in Missouri that are sure to send a chill up your spine. Lemp Mansion Lemp Mansion ... Read More »

Glamorous Camping Near Wineries in Missouri

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If the idea of soaking in the serenity of the great outdoors appeals to you, but the idea of sleeping on the ground and “living off the land” doesn’t, glamping is for you! Yes, glamping… as in glamorous camping. Whether you are planning a romantic weekend or a girls’ getaway, glamping offers all the creature comforts without so many actual creatures. ... Read More »

Best of Show: Have a Relaxing Fall Getaway on the Katy Trail

Katy Trail State Park, photo courtesy of Missouri State Parks.

The Katy Trail, in all of its 237.7-mile glory stretching across the state of Missouri (from Clinton to St. Charles), is quite a sight to see. In fact, it’s so breathtaking, the Travel Channel included it among the top 15 Relaxing Fall Getaways in the United States. Whether you are biking, hiking or just going for a walk, you can ... Read More »