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There is nothing more relaxing than a lazy rafting trip or a river float on one of Missouri's cool, spring-fed streams. There are plenty of places to go on float trips in Missouri, as canoe and floatinga relaxing trip, floating outfitters operate on 29 rivers and streams throughout Missouri. The Missouri Canoe and Floaters Association lists floatable streams, outfitters, restrictions and other float-specific information. Here are some points you should keep in mind when planning your next ...Read more
Historic buildings, modern works of art and interesting personalities are part of the fabric of St. Joseph, a city with many opportunities to explore its unique culture and gain a greater appreciation for the city “Where the Wild West Began.”One of the best ways to learn a city’s history is to start at the beginning; St. Joseph’s Robidoux Row Museum allows you to do just that. Located at Third and Poulin streets, the museum consists of several living-units constructed in the 1840s and 1850s by ...Read more
If the summer heat gets you down, Missouri has some terrific solutions: Get wet! Get cool splashing around at a water park and have lots of fun in the process. These amusement parks are loaded with fun activities for the young and the not quite so young. Missouri has them both, indoor parks and outdoor parks, so no matter the weather, you can splash, swim, slide, float, shoot water cannons and enjoy lots of other water activities. Get drenched! (Note: Open season and hours may vary by park and ...Read more
With school out for the holidays and the kids bouncing off the wall, now is the time to reclaim the outdoors. Take a weekend getaway from the hectic holidays and explore everything the Show-Me State has in the great outdoors with these great winter vacation ideas. Take a Winter Weekend Getaway to Kansas City Practice your figure eights and twirls at the only public, outdoor ice-skating rink in Kansas City: the Crown Center Ice Terrace. Channel your inner Olympic champion as you glide ...Read more
It’s more and more difficult to stretch a dollar these days, and there’s nothing harder to deal with than bored kids who just want “something to do.” Well, there are lots of things to do in Missouri that don’t cost a dime and will keep the kids happy and occupied. You just need to know where to find them. The St. Louis Art Museum, is one of the nation’s leading museums, with exceptional works from virtually every culture and time, including Oceanic art, ancient Chinese bronzes, and 20th Century ...Read more
Wine aficionados around the world praise Missouri's vineyards and wineries; not only are the wines delicious, they are produced in some of the most picturesque areas of our state. When you visit a Missouri winery, you get more than just an excellent glass of vino – you get a memorable experience. Anticipate a grand time at Seven Springs Winery, in Linn Creek. The winery is situated on 160 well-kept acres, surrounded by verdant Missouri hills. Pair your wine, sangria and microbrew with a ...Read more
Throughout Missouri, towns and cities host festivals as diverse as our great state itself. No matter your interests, you’re destined to find a festival that sparks the imagination and provides hours of fun.Don’t worry about booking that pricey ticket to Düsseldorf. Because German settlers founded many Missouri towns, our Oktoberfest celebrations offer plenty of authentic good cheer. Every Saturday and Sunday this October, be part of Oktoberfest 2013 in Hermann. Immerse yourself in German ...Read more
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MDT Staff & Kathy Casteel 
At the 2013 Missouri Wine Competition, Stone Hill Winery’s 2011 Estate Bottled Norton pulled off the proverbial “hat-trick,” taking home three top awards: Best of Class Dry Red; the C.V. Riley award for Best Norton; and the top award for Missouri’s best wine of the year, The Governor’s Cup. This is truly a great wine. Stone Hill Winery – with locations in Hermann (their primary winery, tasting room and the Vintage Restaurant), New Florence (wine tasting and the sparkling wine facility) and ...Read more
You’ve heard stories of Jesse James and know the Pony Express began in St. Joseph, but did you know the city is bustling with activities and special events year-round? The summer months in St. Joseph are no exception, with a great lineup of festivals taking place through August, 2014. In July, several St. Joseph area events appeal to visitors of all ages. First is the Dawg Daze of Summer Festival, July 10-12, 2014, at Ol’ MacDonalds Farm in nearby Savannah (about 15 minutes north of ...Read more
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Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau 
Carthage Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) reminds us that Carthage is packed with family activities and attractions. Established in the 1840s; burned to the ground during the Civil War; reconstructed during the turn of the twentieth century. Carthage boasts progress at every turn. During the mining boom, Carthage had more millionaires per capita than any other city in America. Carthage offers individuals and families a variety of opportunities for fun in and out of the sun. Check the ...Read more
A House With Three DoorsOn a visit to Arrow Rock in 2011, Diane Benedetti saw a house with many doors. Vacant for seven years, the house sported a distinctive front facade that instantly intrigued her. On Aug. 1, 2011, Benedetti, with her daughter, Dana Ripper, and her daughter’s partner, Ethan Duke, purchased the 1890s home. The trio planned to open a wine bar in the 120-year-old space.Two years and countless hours of renovations later, in June 2013, Chez Trappeur opened its three front doors. ...Read more
Great wineries are found in every region of Missouri, along city streets and winding country roads, on perches overlooking running rivers and set amid peaceful valleys. In short, no matter where your travels take you, you’re never far from a relaxing experience at a Missouri winery. St. James Winery is located just off historic Route 66 (Interstate 44) in St. James. Missouri’s top producer makes some 500,000 gallons of estate-bottled wines each year and is consistently one of Missouri’s ...Read more
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Charles Scott 
Have a Nature Adventure on Missouri’s Beautiful Hiking TrailsMissouri's gorgeous scenery and plentiful trails draw hikers from around the nation to enjoy Midwest hiking opportunities. Old-growth oak trees, bubbling streams, striking rock formations, plus vibrant plants and flowers make any Missouri hike a camera worthy experience. Phenomenal Midwest HikingThree Creeks Conservation Area, located midway between Columbia and Ashland, provides great views on its eight-mile, multi-use trail and on ...Read more
Missouri could almost be renamed The Park State, thanks to the multitude of gorgeous green spaces within its borders. Missouri's parks come alive with natural wonder and history, certainly in plentiful supply at Watkins Mill State Park and State Historic Site, on Route 92, east of Interstate 35. The on-site structure is a historic treasure, as it is the only 19th century American woolen mill with its original machinery intact. Each day, visitors are welcome to take tours of the mill and the ...Read more
Ziplining and Other Adventure Tours in MissouriNeed a break from the usual routine? Tired of walking everywhere? Missouri holds plenty of not-so-usual adventures, on the ground, on the water and through the air.Zip Lines in Missouri – Feel The AdrenalineMissouri is one of the best zipline destinations in the Midwest. Feed your need for adrenaline above majestic Missouri terrain at these great ziplines in Missouri. Zipline Tours in New Florence In New Florence, see the world from an entirely ...Read more
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