One Tank Trips in Missouri

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There’s no need to travel long distances to have an amazing trip in Missouri. With a wide variety of destinations and attractions, everyone can find their ideal vacation within the borders of the Show-Me State. From these locations, you’ll just need one tank of gas to take in all the sights.

St. Joseph

History lovers flock to St. Joseph, and it’s no wonder why – the Pony Express started in St. Joseph and infamous outlaw Jesse James lived there until his death in 1882. Today, there are 19 fantastic museums in St. Joseph that showcase the area’s unique story.

Things to do:

Wyeth-Tootle Mansion

The Black Archives Museum

Cool Crest Garden Golf

Robidoux Row Museum

Remington Nature Center

Walter Cronkite Memorial

Pony Express National Museum

River Bluff Brewing

Lewis and Clark State Park – Rushville

Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge – Mound City

Kansas City

Kansas City is best known for its mouthwatering barbecue, but you’ll soon discover that this eclectic city has a lot more to offer. It has a western flavor hearkening back to the days of the stockyards, but jazz music is the unofficial soundtrack of the city thanks to the legendary musicians who performed there over the years.

Things to do:

Worlds of Fun

Powell Gardens – Kingsville

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum – Independence

National World War I Museum and Memorial

The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

American Jazz Museum

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Kansas City Ballet

Green Lady Lounge

St. Louis

Pack up the family for an adventure that will appeal to all ages. A museum filled with tunnels, slides and secret passages? Check. A stunning former movie palace where you can catch a Broadway show? Check. A gorgeous park filled with free attractions? Check. The tallest monument in the country? Check. And that’s just scratching the surface. 

Things to do:

City Museum

Missouri Botanical Garden

Gateway Arch National Park

Anheuser-Busch Brewery

Forest Park

Historic Main Street – St. Charles

Grant’s Farm

Busch Stadium

The Fabulous Fox Theatre

City Foundry STL


Drive with the windows down as you cruise into Springfield – the birthplace of Route 66. You can get a taste of classic Americana at roadside attractions and museums in the area. But don’t forget to venture out of the city to experience the beauty of the Ozarks. 

Things to do:

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium

Finley Farms – Ozark

Springfield Cardinals, Double-A Baseball

Lake Springfield Park and Boathouse

Springfield Conservation Nature Center

History Museum on the Square

Fantastic Caverns

7C’s Winery – Walnut Grove

Lambert’s Café II – Ozark

Stockton State Park – Dadeville


Live music reigns supreme in Branson. With more than 100 shows to offer, you’re sure to find something that suits your fancy. If thrills are what you’re looking for, Branson has that, too. Zip lines, roller coasters and a massive Ferris wheel await. Add in a few outdoor excursions to paddle around in the water or catch a glimpse of local wildlife, and you’ll have an unforgettable vacation.

Things to do:

Silver Dollar City

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park – Lampe

Roaring River State Park – Cassville

Branson Landing

Branson Strip and Theater District

The Branson Ferris Wheel

Showboat Branson Belle  

Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction

Top of the Rock Ozarks Heritage Preserve – Ridgedale 

Titanic Museum Attraction

Cape Girardeau

Traveling in a group whose tastes run the gamut from history to hiking? It’s said that variety is the spice of life, but it also happens to be the key to a happy and harmonious vacation. Luckily, Cape Girardeau has you covered. Outdoor adventures, delicious food and entertaining attractions await in southeast Missouri.

Things to do:

Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Century Casino Cape Girardeau

Gone Girl Tour

Lake Girardeau Conservation Area – Whitewater 

Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center

Cape River Heritage Museum

Fort D Historic Site

Red House Interpretive Center

Discovery Playhouse – A Children’s Museum