Outdoor Adventure

Conservation Atlas a Valuable ‘Staycation’ Tool

Planning a conservation-themed staycation leads you to beautiful areas of Missouri.

Bird watching, hunting, angling, camping, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, nature photography – what more could an outdoor enthusiast want in a summer vacation? If you live in Missouri, these and other outdoor adventures are never far away, and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) can help you find them. More than 1,000 conservation areas (CAs) let Missourians discover nature on ... Read More »

Lots to do Year-round at Lake of the Ozarks

Due to the central location of the Lake of the Ozarks, many people visit the Lake for a variety of reasons.  One reason is because of all the great events that are going on throughout the summer season, making the Lake a fun vacation spot for all ages. For an absolutely splashing good time with your favorite jumping dog, the ... Read More »

Travel the Old Trails Road Scenic Byway

Missouri's byways offer a variety of beautiful and interesting scenes.

The vision of the Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways Program is “To create a distinctive collection of American roads, their stories and treasured places.” The mission is to provide resources to the byway community in creating a unique travel experience and enhanced local quality of life through efforts to preserve, protect, interpret, and promote the intrinsic qualities of designated ... Read More »

Every Time I Float …

Floating is a great way to spend a day in Missouri.

… down one of our rivers, the beauty of Missouri never ceases to amaze me. Whether it’s a beautiful sunfish that puts up a good fight or a lone wildflower surrounded by blades of grass, there’s something around every corner for anyone who gets in a canoe.  I’m always looking for that next piece of serenity, but I also realize ... Read More »

It’s Spring—Get Outdoors

Take a Ride on the Katy Trail

At some time this winter, I’m sure you’ve yelled: Get me out of here! Well, now’s the time. Whether you do it on foot, by bicycle, on horseback or in a canoe, there is no better time than spring to “get out” and enjoy Missouri’s great outdoors. After a long, hard winter, we all need some exercise. Some of the ... Read More »

Get Out and Fish!

Scott Pauley

Scott Pauley, a professional fisherman and the Missouri Division of Tourism’s fishing and outdoors expert, says it’s a great time to get out to Missouri’s rivers, lakes and streams for a great fishing experience. We asked Pauley a few questions about early spring fishing in Missouri, in anticipation of some warmer days ahead. MDT: Temperatures are fluctuating around Missouri; we ... Read More »

Make the Most of Your Missouri Fishing Trip

Here's a brown trout taken from Lake Taneycomo, near Branson.

“The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad,” is a quote from famous author and fisherman, not necessarily in that order, A.K. Best. And every time I read this quote, I think to myself and laugh a little, because that must have been a day Mr. Best didn’t use a fishing guide. Missouri is blessed with an ... Read More »

A New Look for MoStateParks.com

The Missouri Division of Start Parks and Historic Sites has launched a new website . I might be biased, but we believe the new MoStateParks.com is awesome. Set aside that it’s a lot more visually pleasing than our old website. It’s just a whole lot more useful. For the first time, you can really get a sense of what our parks are like ... Read More »

Touring Warm Springs Ranch

Meeting the Clydesdales at Warm Springs Ranch

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to tour the Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville. The ranch is home to a state-of-the-art breeding facility for the Budweiser Clydesdales. This educational tour was part of a Missouri Travel Council Board meeting and included several tourism industry members, including MDT Director Katie Steele Danner,  from around the state. John Soto, facilities manager, was our ... Read More »

Expert Advice from a Youth Corps Member

Water flows through shut-ins at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.

Last summer was a dream come true; I was part of the State Parks Youth Corps (SPYC), which used federal stimulus money to put about  1,000 youths to work in Missouri’s fantastic state parks. Instead of revitalizing the park system physically like most of SPYC, I was one of 11 journalism students who spent the summer producing photo and video ... Read More »