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.
Held at the Mizumoto Stroll Garden in the community, the event welcomes visitors to explore the Japanese culture during the first weekend in September. Watch authentic Japanese dance presented by costumed performers and gaze in awe at the martial arts demonstrations. Take in the laid back Oriental atmosphere that includes beautiful scenery and traditional food.
September 12-14, 2014
Where: Mizumoto Stroll Garden in Springfield
Celebrate fall with this mid-September weekend event that attracts hundreds of crafters along with the chance to see celebrities, hear live music and indulge in the food.
September 18-20, 2014
Where: Branson, Missouri in Branson
Touted as being 500 acres larger than New York's Central Park, Forest Park provides the perfect location for this annual September event that brings together hot air balloon enthusiasts from across the country. See the colorful balloons race across the sky and watch a skydiving exhibition.
September 19-20, 2014
Where: St. Louis, Missouri in Saint louis
Guests of all ages enjoy this September weekend event that provides all with the chance to sample the many cuisine options found in St. Louis. Watch the Master Chef Competition and enjoy live musical entertainment in addition to a large arts and crafts fair.
SEPT 19, 20 & 21, 2014
Where: Soldiers Memorial - Downtown St. Louis, MO 63103 in Saint Louis
Over 200 artists attend this annual September weekend event that commemorates the visual arts. Explore the many genres of art and sample foods prepared by local restaurants. Kids also have the chance to participate in various hands-on activities.
September 19, 20 & 21, 2014
Where: Kansas City, Missouri in Kansas City
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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