Known to many as the Gateway to the West, Missouri is a gateway to adventure and a variety of experiences are found only in the 'Show-Me State'.
Spanning nearly 483 km in Missouri, Route 66, otherwise known as 'The Mother Road', runs east to west from St. Louis to Joplin. Along the way, travellers find everything from popular motor courts to drive-in theaters and roadside attractions to history museums dedicated to the most famous highway in American history.
From bustling metropolitan areas such as Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield, to charming towns such as Carthage, Ste. Genevieve and Jefferson City, and destinations from Branson to Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri has opportunities for every style, budget and taste.
Missouri hosts the World Series of Barbecue annually in Kansas City, but there’s more to Missouri than barbecue. World-class restaurants, wineries, and breweries are found across Missouri, and several distilleries are distinguishing themselves as purveyors of must-try spirits.
Live music and performances are a significant part of Missouri’s culture, with Branson – home to more than 40 theatres and hundreds of performers – being one of the United States’ best-known destinations for live shows. Great performance venues are found across Missouri, so you’re never far from a fantastic live show.
Top 5 Experiences
- An architectural icon and home for performing arts, The Kauffman Center in Kansas City is definitely worth a visit.
- Learn about the history of Missouri including the lives of the famous authors Mark Twain and Laura Ingalls Wilder, former President Harry S. Truman, musician Scott Joplin and outlaw Jesse James.
- Choose from the 53 Missouri State Parks to explore the great outdoors. From zip lining to hiking, there are plenty of ways to take in the beautiful scenery.
- Travel along Route 66 and reach St. Louis - don’t forget to visit the Gateway Arch which is the tallest monument in America.
- Discover the musical history of Missouri and its influences on jazz at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City.