So you have to come to Missouri…

It’s official. You’re going to Missouri for the holidays and you’re not super pumped.

Aunt Edna’s house, it turns out, isn’t a hub for fun and excitement.

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Don’t be a Debbie Downer. There are plenty of reasons to get psyched about a holiday trip to Missouri.

You just need to get to know MO. So what makes Missouri so special? Well …

The weather is crazy! It was 80 degrees the Thursday before Thanksgiving. It’s probably going to snow in June. In short, pack a swimsuit, flip flops, boots and a snowsuit … you’ll possibly use them all.

Lights are kind of our thing. Drive-thru light parks are big around the Lake of the Ozarks area, Kansas City’s Plaza Lights are a much-loved tradition, and Silver Dollar City in Branson puts on one of the world’s best holiday celebrations. Clark W. Griswold would be proud.

Turkey leftovers aren’t mandatory. From barbecue to fare crafted by James Beard Award winners, the Show-Me State will show you an unforgettable meal. Don’t miss Missouri classics such as toasted ravioli and gooey butter cake – when done properly, it’s better than your Aunt Jackie’s chocolate and peanut-butter Rice Krispies. And you can always get a pizza delivered from Imo’s!

We love geography. We’ve got a worldly sense here in the Show-Me State, which is why many of our cities are named after countries. You can see Cuba’s murals and learn about regional history in Mexico, no passport required. You don’t need to visit an airport to get to Truman Lake in Warsaw, the covered bridge near Paris or the Amish stores around Versailles. (For the record, we also have California, Nevada and Florida).

Cold weather hikes are a thing. We’re a hearty bunch here in the Show-Me State and we don’t mind getting outdoors when the mercury drops. Work off that turkey and stuffing with a brisk stroll or bike ride on the Katy Trail or grab your backpack and gear for a day-long hike at one of Missouri’s state parks.

The tallest national monument in the USA is here. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is 630 feet tall and easily one of the coolest things you’ll see anywhere, anytime.

Mark Twain was a Missourian! You can see his birthplace in Florida and tour his boyhood home in Hannibal, which is situated on the banks of the Mississippi River. Other notable Missourians include Harry S. Truman (Independence), Walt Disney (Marceline), George Washington Carver (Joplin) and Laura Ingalls Wilder (Mansfield).

Your family is here and that’s the most important thing, right?

It’s a great time to celebrate family and togetherness … and all the things that make Missouri awesome.

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