The forested landscapes of this state have inspired the imaginations of America’s great writers, while its cities are welcoming Midwestern cultural hubs.
Art, history and the great outdoors combine in the Midwestern state of Missouri. Come here to follow in the footsteps of literary giants or carve your own path through forested wilderness. Choose one of Missouri’s inviting cities for a cultural break or seek out the state’s fascinating historical attractions.
Missouri’s history is one of pioneers and explorers. Visit the Missouri History Museum to learn about early explorers, the World’s Fair and more Missouri highlights. Sightsee in St. Louis, known as the “Gateway to the West,” for its importance in the 19th century as the final point of civilization before heading into the unknown frontier.
Experience more of the city’s cultural attractions and historic sites. Marvel at the mosaics in the remarkable Cathedral of St. Louis and admire the views from the top of Gateway Arch, a 630-foot (190-meter) monument in the middle of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial park. No trip to St. Louis is complete without watching the Cardinals play baseball at Busch Stadium.
Wander along Kansas City’s elegant boulevards, decorated with hundreds of fountains. Hop between the American Jazz Museum, the Kansas City Zoo and the National World War One Museum before an evening in one of the city’s stylish bars and music venues.
Enter historic Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in the town of Hannibal along the Mississippi River. The town also contains a labyrinthine cave that inspired Tom Sawyer’s exploits and a fun park named after Twain’s most iconic character.
Experience Missouri’s dazzling natural beauty in the Ozark Mountains near the Arkansas border. Hike along Ha Ha Tonka State Park’s trails to discover castle ruins with spectacular views. Stroll through Mark Twain National Forest, with about 1.5 million acres (600,000 hectares) of natural beauty.
Fly to Kansas City, Branson or St. Louis on the edges of the state and drive inland to explore the heart of Missouri. Visit in autumn for pleasant temperatures during the day and spectacular forest foliage.