Sure, you could visit every fascinating place in Missouri—if you set aside about five years. However, because most of our vacation time is just a bit more limited than that, we're providing a few insider tips on fun things to do this fall.
One Missouri adventure takes you not only to lovely Jamesport, but back in time as well. Join Jim Smith, the guide on a Step Back in Time Tour. On the tour, learn about the largest old-order Amish community west of the Mississippi River, where the residents live according to the traditions of their ancestors. Smith provides many insights during the two-and-a-half-hour tour. Stops include an Amish home and farm, where all work is conducted without electricity; an Amish country store; an Amish bakery; and visits with Amish families who share stories about their lives and the importance of maintaining traditions.
Rev up the horsepower at the Harley-Davidson Factory Tour, in Kansas City. You don't have to be a motorcyclist to enjoy this inside glimpse at how a true American icon is made. Step onto the vast factory floor, where you'll witness everything from laser cutting to frame bending to assembly. Technology fans of all ages love the opportunity to see advanced robotic welding. During the tour, sit on current production motorcycles and imagine what it feels like to zip down the open highway on a “Hog.”
On the opposite side of the state, the focus turns from “hogs” to dogs. Pay homage to man's best friend at the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog. This whimsical and wonderful St. Louis fine-arts museum houses one of the largest collections of dog-related art in the United States, including works by renowned 19th and 20th century artists. Be sure to check out the “All-Star Dogs Hall of Fame,” made up of beautiful murals by artist Stephen Hubbell.
In Jefferson City, tour the seat of Missouri's government: the Missouri Capitol. Free tours depart the rotunda hourly, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (except noon), Monday through Saturday. Follow your knowledgeable guide to learn the history of this fascinating building. Covering three acres, the Missouri Capitol—which sits on a hilltop, facing the Missouri River—enjoys a reputation for being historically significant and architecturally stunning. The iconic dome soars 238 feet above ground; enormous columns, massive bronze doors and a height-of-grandeur staircase add to the beauty. Additionally, the building contains the Missouri State Museum (included in the tour), the perfect place to learn more about the Show-Me State's rich history.
For an attraction that stretches even further back in time, head to Fantastic Caverns, just north of Springfield. Experience the magic of the only ride-through cave in America; a jeep-drawn tram conveys you through amazing natural caverns, along the path of an underground river—it is a ride you’ll never forget.