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.
Celebrate Christmas with your loved ones at this special event that begins November 1 and lasts through December. See amazing light displays, nativity scenes and a variety of events that include a live presentation of Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol.
November and December
Where: Branson, Mo. in Branson
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
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 16-19, 2015
Where: Rowling Park 403 North Main Street Charleston, MO 63834 in Charleston
Hundreds of cooking teams gather to compete in this friendly competition that features the secret recipes of various BBQ chefs during a full weekend in the middle of April. Participate in eating contests, watch live entertainment and enjoy the chance to sample some of the best BBQ in the country.
April 24, 2015 - April 25, 2015
Where: The Ozark Empire Fair Grounds 3001 N. Grant Springfield, MO 65810 in Springfield
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 9 - May 3, 2015
Where: Branson, Missouri 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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