Charge up the camera batteries and leave a little extra space in your suitcase for that perfect souvenir. In Missouri, you'll find excellent sightseeing throughout the state.
Interested in learning more about the players, coaches and teams that make the games great? Head to Springfield to visit the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. From the University of Missouri Tigers to the Kansas City Chiefs to the St. Louis Cardinals to golf super-stars, our state produces legends. The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame covers 32,000 square feet and includes more than 4,000 sports archives. Get right into the action by swinging at a major-league pitch; calling plays from an announcer's booth; shooting a three-pointer; and zooming around the track in a NASCAR simulator.
A car enthusiast's dreams come true at the Branson Auto Museum, featuring more than 100 vehicles. Automobiles on display include classics, celebrity cars, muscle cars and race cars. Visit the gift shop to peruse a wide array of books, magazines, apparel, collectibles and die-cast cars. Want to take home the ultimate souvenir? Most of the vehicles in the museum are for sale.
Sightseeing? You haven't seen the Lake of the Ozarks until you've seen it from 1,000 feet up. Air Lake Aviation shows you the Lake of the Ozarks from Bagnell Dam to Ha Ha Tonka and everything in between. Air Lake offers 30-minute airplane rides year-round, from the Grand Glaize and Camdenton Airports. Reservations are necessary. The lake is quite a site from the sky—take your camera.
Get a glimpse of Missouri's rich railroad history at the 1873 Salem Branch Railroad Replica, in Cuba, Missouri. Father and son Glen and Chris Tutterrow sculpted this 15-foot-long steel replica of the Cuba-Salem branch train. While visiting this great homage to railroad history, check out Cuba’s Historical Murals and Civil War Murals, all located along the Historic Route 66 corridor, depicting major events in Missouri’s history.
Climb aboard a major adventure at Titanic Museum Attraction, in Branson. “The Year of the Titanic” marks the 100th anniversary of that fateful journey. Explore this remarkable museum; steer the ship; walk the hallways; and enjoy the opportunity to view more than 400 Titanic artifacts. USA Today says this is “not to be missed.”
When you visit the historic southeast Missouri town of Cape Girardeau, be sure to take the two-mile long Cape Girardeau Downtown Walking or Driving Tour. The fascinating tour covers more than two centuries of history, including 19 points of interest, such as Old St. Vincent's Church, the Common Pleas Court House and Port Cape Girardeau. Free maps are available.
In Hannibal, celebrate the life and legacy of one of our nation's greatest storytellers. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum delights visitors with two interactive museums, historically significant buildings, and artifacts from Twain's adventurous childhood.