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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 »

Traveling Missouri’s Highway 36

Inside the Patee House in St. Joesph.

The last week of August, the staffs of the Missouri Welcome Centers had the opportunity to tour Highway 36, also known as The Way of American Genius. Innovative individuals such as General John J. Pershing, J.C. Penney and Walt Disney lived along Highway 36, so this path is filled with American history. On our tour we saw a lot of ... Read More »

Celebrate Mizzou’s 103rd Homecoming

The Columns, Columbia

The University of Missouri hosts its 103rd Homecoming game this weekend, continuing a tradition that began in 1911 at Old Mizzou. Yes, the University of Missouri invented Homecoming! The first homecoming at MU was designed to spark some excitement in the rivalry between Kansas and Missouri. Chester L. Brewer, MU’s athletic director at the time, felt alumni should be invited ... Read More »

Missouri Fall Foliage Shines at Lake of the Ozarks

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The Lake of the Ozarks belongs to the trees when fall comes to central Missouri. There is no need to trek to other states when the spectacular fall colors can be seen closer to home. A combination of scenic views and pleasant temperatures makes the Lake of the Ozarks a popular fall treat. The Huffington Post agrees, because they awarded ... Read More »

Shining a Klieg Light on Missouri Film Fests

True/False Film Festival in Columbia.

“That’s part of your problem, you haven’t seen enough movies,” says Steve Martin in Grand Canyon.“All of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.”   And nowhere will you have a better time at the movies than at a film festival, say the people who create these events for Missouri. “You’ll enjoy the personal playlist of people who are devoted to ... Read More »

Find Festive Fun This Fall in Columbia

Citizen Jane Film Festival in Columbia.

It’s hard to believe summer is already over, but the return of students, football games, tailgating and all things pumpkin-spiced have made it very apparent fall is back in Columbia. With shorter days, cooler weather and crunching leaves, it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy the great outdoors one last time before the real cold sets in. During fall ... Read More »

Color Me Autumn in the Ozarks

Wilson's Creek Battlefield in Springfield.

Southwest Missouri is fortunate to have one of the most beautiful autumns of anywhere in the world. A variety of mature trees, shrubs and vines paints a portrait of brilliant warm colors against the cool, blue, autumn sky. The tree line creates the perfect backdrop to the holidays, the harvest, the festivals and the changing season. There is nothing better than autumn ... Read More »

Fall into Missouri Wine Country

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The rustle of brightly colored leaves in the crisp fall breeze; the sound of laughter and contented conversation; glasses filled with a delicious Missouri wine…. What do all of these things inevitably mean? Fall in Missouri Wine Country. Don’t miss one of the most breathtaking and comforting experiences you can have in the Show-Me State. Fall in Missouri’s rich countryside ... Read More »

4 Things You Will Love During Autumn in Pulaski County USA

Painted Rock Conservation Area

“Autumn”- almost a magical word, it brings a promise of beautiful colors, hearty comfort food, pumpkin, apple, caramel and cinnamon flavors, hoodies, leaf piles, bonfires, the harvest, and time with family. It might make you think of jack o’ lanterns and things that go bump in the night. All the glorious things that are pictured in your mind when you ... Read More »

This October Promises to be Hoppy, Happy and Haunting in Hannibal

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October is a wonderful time in Missouri – the leaves are changing, fall festivals are in full swing, zombies are waiting to be shot with paintballs. Maybe you should read on; it will make sense, I promise. The festive month of October kicks off with the Annual Harvest Hootenanny, Oct. 10-12, at the Mark Twain Cave Complex. Craft beer tasting, ... Read More »