Here and There

New Experiences in Downtown Jefferson City

Jefferson City might just surprise you.

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 ... Read More »

The Weekend Guide to Farmington

Catch beautiful views while relaxing at Twin Oaks Vineyard and Winery. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Marler

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 ... Read More »

Top 10 Fun Ways to Get Your Kicks in Carthage

Experience perfectly preserved 1930's small town America at Red Oak II.

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 ... Read More »

Springfield Offers Fun Indoors, Outdoors and Underground

Smallin Cave was the first documented cave in the Ozarks.

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. ... Read More »

Boomerang Brings More Coaster Fun to Six Flags

Enjoy the twists, turns and upside down fun on Boomerang.

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 ... Read More »

Farm Fresh Northwest: Agritourism in Rural Northwest Missouri

From farmer's markets full of fresh eggs and produce, to Amish owned grocery stores, you will find all of your cooking needs 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, ... Read More »

Discover Outdoor Adventure in Pulaski County

The Big Piney River at Devils Elbow 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 ... Read More »

Let Travel Have a Positive Effect on You

Several MACVB attendees arrived early for a service project in Joplin.

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, ... Read More »

Book Tour Offers Insights on America

The National Churchill Museum in Fulton

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 ... Read More »

Top 10 ‘Must Do’s’ at Lake of the Ozarks This Summer

Enjoy the thrill of boating on Lake of the Ozarks

  The Lake of the Ozarks is known for summer fun! Whether it is on the water or on land there are lots of fun “Must Do’s” at the Lake. Many people think of the Lake and assume you must have a boat to have fun. It is actually just the opposite. Well, let me rephrase that … yes, having ... Read More »