With its rolling hills and plentiful waterways, Missouri is a state filled with natural beauty and tempting environments. As the Gateway to the West, Missouri is also home to a rich history born from its position as an outpost of the American frontier. Travelers can find plenty of activities and adventures to keep them occupied, from festivals and events to museums, parks and more.
Step back in time to the days of the Wild West when visiting this six-week event that begins in the middle of September. See plenty of cowboys and horses performing a variety of western stunts that include trick riding and shooting contests along with presentations of western art, poetry and a long line-up of other western related events.
September 14 - October 29, 2016
Where: Branson, Missouri in Branson
The community of Carthage welcomes fall for three weeks every October with a long line of events that include everything from baby contests and lip sync competitions to run walks and wacky races. Enjoy live entertainment along with a wide selection of food, beverages and activities.
October 1st - 29th, 2016
Where: Carthage, Missouri in Carthage
Beginning at the end of September and spanning six days, hundreds of teams of all ages arrive to compete in the barbecue to end all barbecues. Enjoy the food, watch the competitions and the live entertainment.
Oct 26 - Oct 30, 2016
Where: Kansas City, Missouri in Kansas City
Celebrate the traditions of Bavaria and Germany for four weekends throughout October at the annual Oktoberfest festival. Hear authentic oom-pah bands plus a long line of live entertainment covering a wide selection of genres. Enjoy the locally made beer and wine along with traditional foods while taking in the array of fall colors along the waterfront.
Where: Hermann, Missouri in HERMANN
Bring the entire family to experience the wonder and magic of the holiday season from November through December. See the five-story tall tree decorated in all of its glory and the millions of twinkling lights displayed in the park. Stroll through the recreated Victorian village complete with a performance of A Christmas Carol. Celebrate the season with traditional carols, food, fun and crafts.
November - December (Every Year)
Where: Siver Dollar City Branson, MO 65616 in BRANSON
The Gateway Arch is one of Missouri's most recognized icons. Located in St. Louis, the arch is made from stainless steel and is 630 feet tall and wide. Directly below the arch, guests can explore the visitor center to learn more about the monument, and they can also take a tram or elevator ride to the top of the arch.
The National World War I Museum, located in Kansas City, is housed underneath the Liberty Memorial and tells the story of America's involvement in the Great War. The museum is the second-largest museum dedicated to World War I in the world and houses a variety of interactive exhibits, period uniforms, weapons, tanks and more.
The city of Branson is a major destination for visitors of all ages. The city is home to many major theaters and is the permanent home of many famous singers, musicians, dancers, acrobats and other performers. While in Branson, visitors can also check out Silver Dollar City, a theme park with an 1880s theme. In addition to roller coasters, visitors can also explore fun houses and ride a train. Guests can also take a guided tour of Marvel Cave, located below the theme park.
The Bonne Terre Mines was once the largest lead mine in the world. Today, the site is home to a museum and guided tours. The lowest levels of the mines have been flooded with water, creating the world's largest freshwater dive resort. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, located in Hannibal, was the childhood home of famed author Mark Twain. Today, the site houses a museum dedicated to the American author and includes artifacts and exhibits from Twain's life.
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