They don’t call it the Show Me State for nothing. The Ozarks, rocking nightlife, slow-cooked barbecue, Route 66 — Missouri will keep you busy in the best way possible. Experience stellar landscapes and homespun Americana.
Follow the Arch
St. Louis is home to the magnificent Gateway Arch National Park, where America’s tallest national monument form’s a majestic arc in the sky. Ride the tram to the top of this 630-foot structure to take in sensational views of the Mississippi River. Afterward, immerse yourself in the world of blues with live performances, interactive galleries and intriguing artifacts at the National Blues Museum.
Missouri Barbecue Ribs
Bursting with finger-lickin’ flavor, barbecue ribs are a Missouri tradition and with two different styles to choose from. In St. Louis, grilled ribs reign supreme, while Kansas City is known for its slow-smoked version. Regardless of your preference, the mouth-watering meat and sweet, tangy sauce will have you reaching for more.
Branson Belts Out the Tunes
Wholesome entertainment enchants visitors to Branson in southern Missouri. Humming with the sweet sounds of country, rock and pop, the “Live Music Show Capital of the World” will wow you with its electrifying concerts and Broadway-style entertainment. If you’re a jazz fan, make your way to Kansas City for the American Jazz Museum and the 18th and Vine Historic Jazz District.
More than 6,400 caves are found under the earth of the Show Me State, and 20 of these subterranean marvels welcome explorers. Wander down twisting passageways inside Onondaga Cave, journey more than 500 feet below the surface at Marvel Cave or gawk at strange-looking limestone formations in the Meramec Caverns.
Two Wheels or Two Legs
Grab your bike or lace up your boots. The scenic Ozark Mountains are accessible with beautiful hiking trails. See them in all their grandeur at the Top of the Rock Ozarks Heritage Preserve.