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Horseback riding evokes a bygone era – a time when cowboys and cattle rustlers were American legends; a time when the Pony Express revolutionized mail delivery. Riding a horse remains incredibly popular today, and there are plenty of places for equestrian adventure in Missouri. Horses totally disappeared from North America about 8,000 years ago. Horses were not seen again in America until the Spanish explorers brought them in the 16th century.  At Coldwater Ranch, five miles north ...Read more
Get a Close-up Look at the "Big House"Take The Famous Jefferson City Prison TourA visit to Jefferson City, Missouri, isn’t complete until you tour the original, 1836 Missouri State Penitentiary, located seven blocks east of the Capitol. In 1967, the “Missouri State Pen” was named the “bloodiest 47 acres in America” by Time magazine. Step Into History on Prison ToursLong before prison tours were offered, this wasn’t a place you wanted to be. When this prison opened in 1836, the Battle of the ...Read more
It seems like every time we do an article on walking and biking in Missouri, we include the Katy Trail State Park; and rightly so. At more than 237 miles, it is the longest and most renowned rails-to-trails conversion in the United States.We all know it is mostly level, hard-packed crushed limestone. Everyone knows it traverses varied terrain beside bluffs along the Missouri River and through open prairie. It is common knowledge the trail is handicap-accessible. So, let’s look at The Katy from ...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
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Missouri Division of Tourism 
Across the Show-Me State, some 59 waterways are said to be worthy of float trips. Here’s a quick look at just a few of those waterways and what makes them special.Take note: Most of these locations are found in the Ozarks of southern Missouri. The first two make up the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, a national park devoted to the preservation of these streams.Current River – The top stretches beginning at the river’s headwaters in Montauk State Park are the best. Baptist Camp to Cedargrove, ...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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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
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Missouri Division of Tourism 
Located along city streets and winding country roads, on perches overlooking running rivers and set amid peaceful valleys, a relaxing experience and great Missouri wine is never far away. Here’s a look at seven spots to enjoy a taste of Missouri.  1: St. James Winery is just off of historic Route 66 (Interstate 44) in St. James. Missouri’s top producer makes some 500,000 gallons of estate-bottled wines each year. In April 2014, their Friendship School White earned Grand Champion honors at ...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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