Outdoor Adventure

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 »

The Missouri River . . . Is Not the Subject of This Post

Missouri River at Jefferson City

Look at the photo above. The Missouri River seems to stretch on forever. After all, at nearly 2,500 miles it is the longest river in the United States. But, as rivers go, or flow, the Big Muddy has to take a back seat (do rivers have seats?) in the longest river completely inside Missouri category. That distinction belongs to . ... Read More »

‘What’s So Great About Giant Rocks?’

Elephant Rocks State Park

I’ve talked about it for years, suggesting it as a weekend destination to my kids … Elephant Rocks State Park, that is. I’ll admit it was a hard-sell to them; “What’s so great about a bunch of giant rocks?” they’d ask. “These are enormous, prehistoric giant rocks,” I explained to them on more than one occasion. Finally the decision was ... Read More »

A Natural Wonder

The viewing platform at Columbia Bottom overlooking the Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

Ok, so we don’t have the Rockies.  Niagara Falls lives in another state.  And the oceans—we’ll I guess they’re on permanent vacation elsewhere.  But there still is a world-class, natural wonder right here in Missouri!  And it’s really amazing. Did you know the Mississippi-Missouri River system is considered the third largest in the world?  Unless you’re planning a trip to ... Read More »

Fall Floats in Missouri

Take a float trip for some 'you' time

This is the perfect time of year for taking in the beautiful outdoor scenery while on a float trip.  One way to enjoy a float is by using a single-person float tube which is powered by the use of your legs and feet (some people even use a small motor).  A float tube is a large u-shaped tube with a ... Read More »

Zipping over MO

Blog written by: Becky Heeren, Missouri Division of Tourism Independence Day weekend was nearly here and my friend’s very worldly, 12-year-old granddaughter was due in from Phoenix on Saturday. The mission impossible was to find something to fill her time; something that she hadn’t already done a dozen times; something that would be memorable. As you may know, many 12-year-old ... Read More »

Just the Facts …

The Mississippi River in downtown Hannibal.

“Get the facts first, then you can distort ‘em as you please” – Mark Twain This is one of my favorite quotes by Hannibal’s favorite son, Mark Twain.  It runs across my mind whenever I am working on fending off a half-truth or misconceptions, which are apt to appear from time to time. This spring was a prime example.  Just ... Read More »