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Hermann Sites Embrace German Heritage


In the spring of 1838, steamboats carried German immigrants up the Missouri River to a hilly site, which eventually became the city of Hermann, as part of a massive migration that changed the face of Missouri forever. The immigrants were led by George Bayer, a schoolmaster and surveyor. Bayer laid out the town and assigned lots on 11,300 acres; the …

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Missouri State Penitentiary Posts Record-Breaking Season


In 2009, when the Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) began hosting tours of the old Missouri State Penitentiary, the vision was to cultivate the incredibly historic site into an attraction that could hold its own alongside the longtime favorite spots. Today that vision has become a reality.

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Bicycle Along The Way of American Genius


Mark Twain. Pony Express. Sliced Bread. Walt Disney. These innovators and innovations are some of the most famous in our nation’s history and have set the standard for genius. When cycling or biking along Highway 36, you enjoy natural, cultural and historic sites, scenic farms, charming small towns, and museums. Along the route, discover those individuals and ideas that have …

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Branson Offers Plenty of Winter Fun


You want to take a trip to Branson, but it’s the middle of winter and most live performers are on their annual break. So, there’s nothing to do there, right? Wrong. Branson offers plenty of things to do year-round, even during the winter months when the majority of live shows are on hiatus. What can you do? Well, you could …

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Check Out What’s New in Branson in 2013


Branson, located in the Southwest Missouri Ozarks, is one of America’s favorite vacation destinations. The family friendly shows and entertainment options, beautiful scenery and lakes, as well as the Missouri hospitality, draw nearly 8 million people each year to our little town. TripAdvisor, USA Today, the Associated Press and others have called Branson one of the best places in America …

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A Christmas Tradition in Kansas City

Recently, I made a trip to Kansas City to check out a long-standing Christmas tradition, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” Most people equate the holidays in Kansas City with the famous Plaza Lights, but for 32 of the last 33 years, the Repertory Theatre – or just The Rep – has delighted audiences with …

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Making Holiday Memories in St. Joseph

Many communities across Missouri offer excellent ways to usher in the holiday season, and St. Joseph is no exception. Events and activities in Northwest Missouri are guaranteed to cheer up even the stingiest Grinch! For instance, did you know one of the major outdoor holiday lights displays in Northwest Missouri is found in St. Joseph’s largest park, Krug Park? Beginning …

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Christmas Traditions in Cape Girardeau

With such unseasonably warm temperatures, can you believe Christmas is now less than three weeks away? For many of us, Christmas conjures up the fondest of memories.  Tradition is a word that is intricately woven within its very fabric. Every community has its own Christmas traditions. Ask about Christmas memories in Cape Girardeau and the Hutson’s Fine Furniture Store display …

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Holiday Time at Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks is known for summer fun on the water, but many people don’t realize the Lake Area creates a completely new atmosphere during the winter holidays. With three drive-thru light parks spread throughout the Lake Area, it’s no wonder people travel from all over to visit Lake of the Ozarks during the holidays. There are lots of …

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Las Posadas Procession Reenacts the Story of Mary and Joseph

Among the dozens of activities and performances filling the 30-day Christmas Traditions festival in St. Charles is the Spanish heritage jewel entitled “Las Posadas.” The traditional story of the journey of Mary and Joseph, and their search for lodging, is reenacted in a 10-block procession of carolers, historic characters, the Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum Corps and hundreds of …

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