Best of Show

Kansas City: An Affordable Destination

Kansas City Zoo

The results are in and Travel + Leisure has selected Kansas City as America’s Most Affordable Getaway. This is Travel + Leisure’s 8th annual America’s Favorite Cities survey. Respondents to the survey rated their choice of 1,209 destinations in up to 67 categories, using a scale of one to five (with five being the highest score). At the closing of ... Read More »

Best of Show: Keep Kansas City on Your Radar

kevinsinkskyline_visitmo

The Huffington Post named Kansas City one of the top five cities you should keep your eye on, if you aren’t already. Affectionately nicknamed KCMO, the city was founded in 1850. According to the Kansas City Public Library’s website, KCMO was originally incorporated as the “Town of Kansas.” In 1889, after undergoing several incorporations, Kansas City was the final name ... Read More »

Winter Birding: Missouri is for the Birds

Trumpeter Swans, photo by Rick Smotherman.

I love birding. Or bird watching. Whatever you call it, Missouri is a hotbed of activity, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. Smithsonian magazine just listed a spot in the northwest corner of the state as one of the seven best places in America to see fall bird migrations: “In the autumn months, Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in ... Read More »

Best of Show: Louie’s Gooey Butter Cake

Gooey Butter Cake - credit - Katherine Bish - Park Avenue Coffee

Business Insider scoured America for the best dessert of each state. For Missouri the honor goes to Gooey Louie’s in St. Louis, for its famous gooey butter cake. This Gooey Louie cake is all natural, made from scratch and offered Tuesday through Sunday. This sweet treat was originally made by accident during the 1930s in St. Louis. A baker put ... Read More »

Best of Show: Two Southeast Missouri State Parks That Take Your Breath Away

IMG_2091 comp

Enjoy Mother Nature’s backyard by visiting two magnificent parks located in southeast Missouri’s Arcadia Valley. According to the Missouri State Parks, Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park has about one billion years of geological history. The 8,549-acre park was formed through a combination of erupting volcanoes and natural erosion caused by wind and rain. Camping, swimming, horseback riding and taking a walk ... Read More »

Best of Show: Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours

???????????????????????????????

Men’s Health magazine named the Anheuser-Busch Brewery tour one of America’s Best Brewery Tours, so men bring your buds (pun intended) for some brews in St. Louis. Ladies you are certainly welcome and, yes, children can take the tour. While anyone younger than 21 can’t (obviously) taste any of the beer they can check out the famous Clydesdale horses, the ... Read More »

Best of Show: Saint Louis Zoo Gets a Roaring Round of Applause

stl zoo map

Best attraction goes to the animals! TripAdvisor has named Saint Louis Zoo the third best zoo in America and the forth best zoo in the world. As anyone who has been to the Saint Louis Zoo knows, there is no denying those cute fuzzy faces. If you aren’t one of the three million people who visit the Saint Louis Zoo ... 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 »

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 »

Best of Show: Events “Explode” on PictureMO

Wilson's Creek Battlefield- Missy Mueller

Another three months has flown by, which means it is time to announce another round of winners in the Missouri Division of Tourism’s (MDT) PictureMO photo contest. Through PictureMO, MDT asks talented photographers to step behind the lens and showcase Missouri. Each quarter, contestants submit photos that fit a different theme and MDT honors the top three each quarter (only ... Read More »