Here and There

Ride Through History With Route 66 Exhibit

Learn more Route 66 history with a special exhibit at History Museum on the Square in Springfield.

A Route 66 exhibit titled “Woodruff’s Dream: The Mother Road Through Springfield” is on display at The History Museum on the Square, 155 Park Central Square, in Springfield. The museum is open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; the exhibit runs through Aug. 31. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for children; and free for ages 2 and younger and ... Read More »

Fall, Fog and Lights

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The judging is complete and it’s time to formally announce the winners of the Missouri Division of Tourism’s PictureMO contest, conducted as part of our recently established Flickr photo group. The PictureMO group began earlier this year with two goals in mind: to showcase the talents of Missouri’s shutterbugs and to help build the Division of Tourism’s photo library. Winners ... Read More »

Columbia is Exactly What You Unexpect

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Time and time again, visitors are delightfully surprised by what Columbia has to offer. From picturesque parks and clever cuisine to amazing art and superb shopping, visitors find Columbia is ‘more than a college town’ and ‘surprisingly sophisticated.’ We like to think of Columbia as a cool neighborhood in a big city, with a young vibe, an active buzz and ... Read More »

Tourism Matters in Missouri

Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City

Tourism matters. That’s something you likely hear from Missouri’s dedicated tourism professionals when you ask them about the travel industry in the Show-Me State, but it’s more than a catch phrase or something that’s chanted at industry meetings. It’s a simple statement of fact. In Missouri, and across our nation, tourism really does matter. That’s part of the reason it’s ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, President Truman

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President Harry Truman loved all things history and anything to do with his adopted hometown of Independence, Missouri. To honor his memory, the historic tourism attractions of Independence celebrate his birthday on Saturday, May 4 – which coincides with the start of National Travel and Tourism week. Echoing the famous slogan on a sign that sat on his desk which ... Read More »

Enjoy the Season: Spring is Festival Time in Springfield

ArtsFest is one of the spring season's most popular events in Springfield.

Spring means it’s time for festivals and other outdoor events in Springfield. First up is ArtsFiesta!, a celebration of Mexican arts and culture on May 3. This year, ArtsFiesta! takes place on Park Central Square and coincides with the popular First Friday Art Walk. The free event features authentic mariachi music, traditional Mexican dancing, live entertainment, bilingual storytelling and displays ... Read More »

Spring Capers in Cape Girardeau

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Cabin fever getting you down? Restless and need to get away? Make plans for a springtime getaway to Cape Girardeau. With excellent local shops found throughout Cape Girardeau, you’re sure to find treasures galore. Featuring local gift emporiums, home décor shops, specialty boutiques and a thriving antiquing district, Cape Girardeau is bursting with unique places to peruse; everyone will ask ... Read More »

The City of Fountains

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Kansas City is known for many things – among them jazz, barbecue and fountains – all of which add to KC’s unique culture.  As a native, I’m proud to say I was exposed to all at an early age. But what seems to surprise most visitors are our beautiful and vast amount of fountains. When I was growing up, fountains ... Read More »

Quilting Retreat – Sew Much Fun

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If you’ve never been to a quilting retreat, you’re missing out. I recently attended one at Country Club Hotel and Spa at Lake of the Ozarks. Here’s how it works: you get to sew for an entire weekend; you don’t have to cook, clean-up, make beds or anything of the sort. Each year the Missouri River Quilt Guild (MRQG) arranges ... Read More »

Branson in Running to Host SoMeT

Branson is one of 13 cities in the running to host the Social Media Tourism Symposium (#SoMeT13US is the hashtag to follow on Twitter). The host city of this tourism-focused, social media conference will be chosen via tournament-style voting on Facebook. “Branson is ideally suited for this conference. With new flights on Southwest Airlines it is easy to get here. ... Read More »