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Branson to host Benefit for Joplin

I’m constantly amazed at the spirit of the American people. Faced with a winter and spring filled with unrest and wars throughout the world, an uncertain economy and rising gas prices, oil spills in the gulf, nature storming through the land and pounding them with everything from ice to floods to fires to tornadoes, our fellow Americans have shown themselves ... Read More »

Lots to do Year-round at Lake of the Ozarks

Due to the central location of the Lake of the Ozarks, many people visit the Lake for a variety of reasons.  One reason is because of all the great events that are going on throughout the summer season, making the Lake a fun vacation spot for all ages. For an absolutely splashing good time with your favorite jumping dog, the ... Read More »

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 »