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Ride through the bluffs where Jesse James jumped on top of trains. Visit a zoo whose big cats would impress favorite son T.S. Eliot. No matter how you enjoy Missouri, the memories will last a lifetime.

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Discover Outdoor Fun in Missouri, America's Best Trails State.

The title of "Best Trails State" was bestowed by American Trails, a national nonprofit organization working on behalf of the nation's hiking, biking and riding trails. The award, announced in April 2013, is presented every two years to the state that has made tremendous contributions to promoting and improving its trails.


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Americas Best Value Inn

A family of 1,000 inns, hotels and suites throughout North America, all offering hometown pride, quality and exceptional value. AmericasBest ValueInn.com, 888-315-2378


Travel green on Amtrak. Relax and enjoy wide reclining seats. Ride the rails across beautiful Missouri. Kids’ and senior fares available. For info call 800-USA-RAIL or visit Amtrak.com.

Best Western Branson Inn - Silver Dollar City

Located next to Silver Dollar City, with a free shuttle to the park. 417-338-2141, bestwesternbransoninn.com

Black Madonna Shrine

Nestled in the Ozark foothills, the Black Madonna Shrine is a welcome tonic for the soul. Hand built by a Franciscan monk. franciscancaring.org, 636-938-5361


Live shows, exceptional entertainment, lake and land adventures, family attractions, endless shopping, world-class golf. Order an Official Branson Vacation Guide. ExploreBranson.com 877-BRANSON

Branson Indian Point Resorts

Condos, cabins, cottages on Table Rock Lake by Silver Dollar City & Branson. Docks, boats, pools, playgrounds. Entertainment packages with tickets. 800-888-1891, IndianPoint.com

Cape Girardeau!

Whatever your expectations might be – rich history, family fun, great outdoors – make your next destination: Cape Girardeau! 800-777-0068. VisitCape.com. You’ve arrived!


Carthage is a unique crossroad of art and inspiration with Victorian architecture, art galleries, and the Precious Moments Chapel. visit-carthage.com, 866-357-8687


Experience our greatest things. Embrace your inner genius as you travel along Hwy. 36, the Way of American Genius. Magnificent murals, superb shopping, delicious dining and much more. visitchillicothe.com, 877-224-4554

City Museum

Explore a surrealistic playground that’s part museum, part jungle gym. Recycled items become slides, tunnels, caves and more. Perfect for all ages. 314-231-CITY, CityMuseum.org

Crown Center

Vacation fun. Shopping, dining, festivals and events, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, SEA LIFE and Halls Kansas City all within steps of the Sheraton and Westin hotels. crowncenter.com


Known for bar-b-que, antique shops & malls; located in a county w/many historic places, recreational & conservation areas, and the Stars and Stripe Museum. Check us out at visitdexter.com.

Drury Hotels

Save up to $500 to top Kansas City and St. Louis attractions! Call 800-325-0517 for free Vacation Savings or print coupons at KCVacationSavings.com, StLouisVacations.com.

Glore Psychiatric Museum

Nationally recognized as “one of the 50 most unusual Museums in the country,” the Glore Psychiatric Museum takes visitors across the wide span of historical treatment of mental illness. Exhibits illustrate the changing face of psychiatric treatment and present the history of “State Lunatic Asylum No. 2” hospital. www.stjosephmuseum.org/museums/glore


Write your own story when you visit Mark Twain's hometown! Museums, caves, festivals, shopping, local libations and a historic downtown await! VisitHannibal.com 573-221-2477


Voted Missouri’s most beautiful town, Hermann is a perfect Wine Country getaway. Explore the Wine Trail, stroll the historic district, relax at a B&B. VisitHermann.com, 800-932-8687

Historic Boonville

Visit our historic sites, bike the Katy Trail, tour Warm Springs Ranch, home of the Budweiser Clydesdales. Come visit and “Discover Our Treasures.” goboonville.com, 660-882-3967

Historic Saint Charles

Discover fun and adventure in Missouri’s largest historic district. Enjoy fantastic shopping, delicious dining and unique attractions. Plan your visit at historicstcharles.com.

Historic Washington

It's hard to resist river town charm in the heart of Missouri wine country. Antiques, great dining and art; just west of St. Louis. 888-7WASHMO, washmo.org for downloadable brochure.


An artsy Downtown, delicious local flavors, unique attractions and comfortable lodging await you in the Ozarks on Historic Route 66. visitjoplinmo.com, 800-657-2534

Kansas City

From cuisine and culture to arts and jazz, things are happening here in a big way. Get the KC lowdown with your free visitor guide, available at 800-562-6659 or VisitKC.com.

Kansas City Zoo

It's always a new adventure at the Kansas City Zoo! See animals from all over the planet including polar bears, baby apes and penguins. KansasCityZoo.org


Missouri's North Star hosts annual festivals: July 4th, Round Barn Blues, Red Barn Arts, Bacon Fest, NEMO Triathlon. Enjoy outdoor fun, hunting and fishing. visitkirksville.com 660-665-3766

Lake of the Ozarks

"Best Recreational Lake" in the nation as chosen by readers of USA TODAY and 10Best. Request your free vacation guide today. 800-FUN-LAKE, FunLake.com

Lake of the Ozarks Golf Trail

Enjoy mid-America’s premier golf destination, with 13 courses & 234 holes of golf variety & fun in a sparkling lake setting. 800-490-8474, LakeOfTheOzarks, GolfVacations.com


Fishing, camping, canoeing, Route 66 heritage, shopping and scenic beauty. Come enjoy Bennett Spring State Park. Getaway to memories in Lebanon. 866-LEBANON, LebanonMo.org

Legends Outlets Kansas City

Featuring nearly 75 designer and name-brands including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Coach Outlet, Banana Republic Factory Store, J.Crew and Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, shoppers enjoy savings of up to 65 percent off retail prices every day. legendsshopping.com

Meramec Caverns

America’s largest and rarest cave formations. Cave offers tours, cafe, gift shop, motel, campgrounds, canoes, riverboat rides, zipline tours & more! 800-676-6105, americascave.com

Missouri Choice Hotels

Connect with your people in Missouri. Visit ChoiceHotels.com/ Missouri-hotels or call 877-424-4777 and get our best available rate.

Missouri Department of Conservation

573-522-4115, mdc.mo.gov

Missouri State Fair

Events, craft and trade shows, camping, receptions, meetings, livestock events and more! 2016 Missouri State Fair, Aug. 11-21 in Sedalia. 800-422-FAIR (3247). mostatefair.com

Myer Hotels

Six award-winning hotels in the entertainment area of Branson. Lots of amenities. Satisfaction guaranteed. For reservations or information call 866-837-3777 or visit MyerHotels.com.

National World War I Museum

The National World War I Museum and Memorial is dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. theworldwar.org

Platte County

Uniquely Platte County: vintage charm + contemporary KC spirit! River towns, Harley-Davidson, wine trails, brewpubs, boutiques, antiques, casino, B&Bs and more at visitplatte.com.

Pointe Royale

1–4 bdrm condo nightly rental, golf, tennis, fitness rm, in/outdoor pools, fishing, dining, meetings. Buy show packages. 800-962-4710, pointeroyale.com


Catch The Horse exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History, shop local boutiques, choose from a variety of restaurants and wrap up the day with a game of bocce ball or a movie in a luxury theater. VisitPrairiefire.com

Pulaski County

Easy to find; easy to love! Family vacations, outdoor adventure, Route 66, history fans—we are more than you expect. Get a FREE Visitor Guide at 877-858-8687 or PulaskiCountyUSA.com.


Boasts scenic waterways for canoeing, camping and fishing. Discover the area’s wineries. Get your kicks on Route 66; Rolla captures the spirit of the Mother Road. VisitRolla.com 888-809-3817

Saint Louis Art Museum

One of the nation’s leading comprehensive art museums with collections of art from virtually every culture and time period. Admission is free to all every day. slam.org

Saint Louis Zoo

Apes, penguins & polar bears! Visit the new Polar Bear Point and take a ride on the Conservation Carousel and Emerson Zooline Railroad. Free general admission. 800-966-8877, StLZoo.org

Showboat Branson Belle

America’s Most Entertaining Dinner Cruise features the live show CELEBRATE plus a 3 course meal and Table Rock Lake cruise all in one. 800-775-2628 / showboatbransonbelle.com

Sight and Sound Theatres

Experience the greatest stories ever told as they come to life on stage. New this year: Moses! Begin your journey at sight-sound.com or 1-800-377-1277. Sight-Sound.com


Where cotton is king & southern hospitality awaits you. Enjoy great food, festivals & music. For free visitors guide & events calendar call 888-309-6591 or go to visitsikeston.com.

Silver Dollar City

Discover America’s Best Theme Park with 100 craftsmen, 40+ rides, live shows and 17 restaurants, plus world-class festivals spring thru Christmas. 800-831-4386 / silverdollarcity.com


The spirit of Springfield is not only about the big moments that take your breath away, but also the simple pleasures that stay forever in your heart. Visit SpringfieldMo.org

St. Joseph

Make some memories in St. Joseph. Home to 13 museums, 13 annual festivals, arts and entertainment and 2016 Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp in July and August. StJoMo.com for guide.

St. Louis

St. Lou Is ... All Within Reach. Explore free attractions, great restaurants, nightlife and shopping. Visit explorestlouis.com for the Official St. Louis Visitors Guide.

Ste. Genevieve

A hidden gem an hour from St. Louis! 1790s historic homes, quaint shops, B&Bs, wineries, fine dining, museums, festivals and microbreweries. Missouri’s Oldest Town. VisitSteGen.com

Table Rock Lake

Missouri’s premier lake for family adventures, fishing and fun! 45,000 acres of clean water and majestic views. Minutes from Branson. Visittablerocklake.com

Tan-Tar-A Resort

Located on the Lake of the Ozarks. Fun for the whole family! Activities include indoor waterpark, golf, boating, mini-golf, bowling, spa & more. 800-826-8272, Tan-Tar-A.com

Visit KC

From dazzling light displays to a rich tradition of holiday entertainment, it’s no wonder that KC has earned a reputation for its seasonal charm. visitkc.com

Visit Sedalia

Sedalia is a product of the railroad ... For more than a century, Sedalia’s history and fortunes were tied to the railroads. Call 800-827-5295 for a free visitor guide. visitsedaliamo.com

West Plains

Plan your vacation to the Ozarks. Visit historic mills, natural springs, rivers and lakes, a historic downtown, specialty shops and antique stores. 888-256-8835 WestPlains.net

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