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.
Over 150 artisans from across country converge in the park to showcase their talents and products. See live demonstrations, shops for crafts and enjoy the food and live entertainment during the last weekend in August.
Spring: April 4th-6th, 2014 - Autumn: _
Where: Greensfelder Recreation Complex in Queeny Park St. Louis, MO 63011 in Saint Louis
Celebrate spring by visiting the Charleston community when the beautiful azalea and dogwoods are in full bloom. The weekend April festivities include a variety of events that include a gala parade, arts and crafts show, candlelight tours and live entertainment.
April 10-13, 2014
Where: Rowling Park 403 North Main Street Charleston, MO 63834 in Charleston
Experience cultures from around the world during this extensive event that begins in April and runs through May, as performers take the stage and entertain guests. Advertised as the largest international festival in the country, guests also enjoy authentic foods and crafts while learning about people in various countries.
April 5 - May 4, 2014
Where: Branson, Missouri in Branson
Experience the tradition of the Ozarks during this festival that combines hundreds of crafters along with live entertainment, traditional carnival foods and activities. The event takes place in the downtown area for a full weekend in September.
May 15 17, 2014
Where: Branson, Missouri in Branson
For over three decades, the community has offered this unique event that celebrates the art of storytelling. More than five dozen entertainers from around the world combine efforts with regional artists who captivate audiences by offering stories through verbal and visual communication.
Where: Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Saint Louis, MO 63121 in Saint Louis
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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