Here and There

Branson 101

Are you a Branson-newbie? A lot of people we talk to have a Branson vacation on their “bucket list,” but often, they don’t know where to start or how to explain this crazy and unique destination to their friends and family. Here’s a quick overview of all the essentials you need to know. 1.)    Where is Branson and how do …

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New Experiences in Downtown Jefferson City

Living in a place your whole life can either be a great thing, meaning you know everything there is to know, or a bad thing because your view on the area is jaded by only knowing what you were taught. Having always lived in the Jefferson City area, I thought I knew it all, including where the best places to …

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The Weekend Guide to Farmington

With its prized wineries, multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities and proximity to state parks, Farmington has a lot going for it. Visitors can experience the exhilaration of a water slide, the beauty of a scenic hiking trail or the challenge of a unique golf course. In addition, a wide variety of stores and more than 400 hotel rooms provide shopping …

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Top 10 Fun Ways to Get Your Kicks in Carthage

Carthage Convention and Visitor’s Bureau announces summer 2013 is packed with family events. With traditional opportunities available as well as special events, Carthage offers individuals and families a variety of opportunities for fun in and out of the sun. Check the Carthage CVB website for all the up to date information and events, Visit-Carthage.com. Red Oak II is a work in …

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Springfield Offers Fun Indoors, Outdoors and Underground

As Missouri’s third-largest city, Springfield offers guests a variety of reasons to visit. You can catch a class AA Springfield Cardinals baseball game at Hammons Field, shop the “Granddaddy of all outdoors stores” at Bass Pro and experience unique Missouri flavors at places such as Askinosie Chocolate and Mother’s Brewing Company. But that’s just the beginning of a Springfield adventure. …

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Boomerang Brings More Coaster Fun to Six Flags

Missouri Division of Tourism staffers Ben and Elise recently had the opportunity to ride the new Boomerang roller coaster at Six Flags St. Louis. The ride, which is Six Flags’ ninth coaster, opened just in time for the start of the summer travel season. Here’s a video showcasing their inaugural adventure on Boomerang (note, the sound doesn’t start until the …

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Farm Fresh Northwest: Agritourism in Rural Northwest Missouri

More and more often these days we hear about how it is more healthful to eat locally produced foods without additives, preservatives and growth hormones. Health professionals say eating foods with little to no additives reduces your risk of developing certain diseases, and improves your overall health. Fortunately, I live in the farm rich region of Northwest Missouri. Fruit, vegetables, …

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Discover Outdoor Adventure in Pulaski County

The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center invites you to explore our gentle and undiscovered Big Piney and Gasconade rivers. Centrally located in the heart of Missouri, and the heartland of the USA, we are the perfect destination for your family fun getaway. Here’s a letter from Larry Helms, president of the Pulaski County Outfitter Association, explaining why you …

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Let Travel Have a Positive Effect on You

I just returned from Joplin where I joined energetic, enthusiastic and authentic tourism leaders at the Missouri Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus Annual Conference. The individuals working at CVBs across our state have passion for people that correlates with their passion for travel and tourism. Those of us working in this industry don’t need to talk about the eye-opening, …

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Book Tour Offers Insights on America

Editor’s note: This post appeared on The Weekly Standard’s website; a portion is reprinted here with permission of the author, Cita Stelzer. You learn a lot about America and its people on a book-signing tour. I’ve been around the country signing copies of my new book about Winston Churchill, giving talks about the “greatest Briton of all time” and how …

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