Trip Ideas: 10 Ways to Have a Great Girlfriends' Getaway in Missouri
Grab your girlfriends and travel to Missouri, where a variety of fun destinations and attractions are waiting for you. Sit poolside and enjoy great views. Shop at national retailers and locally-owned stores. Dine at award-winning restaurants. Set off on outdoor adventure. This is your primer for a great Missouri getaway.
Shopping
This Main Street region is Missouri's first and largest nationally registered historic district. Running parallel to the Missouri River, the brick-paved streets are home to one-of-a-kind shops, in restored buildings that date to the 1800s. Shop for, among other things art, clothing, furniture, antiques, fine jewelry and stained glass. Numerous restaurants, sweet shops and pubs also line the streets, so there are plenty of opportunities to refresh and refuel while you shop!
230 S. Main St., St. Charles MO 63301, 636-946-7776
Hours: Hours differ by business.
Features national retailers such as Ann Taylor, Coach, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Nike, Vera Bradley and more than 75 other brand-name outlets. It's easy to shop all day ... and into the night.
18521 Outlet Blvd., Chesterfield MO 63005, 314-399-8163
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
This entire 15-block district is home to more than 150 upscale shops, dozens of fine restaurants, nightclubs and hotels. It is one of the Midwest's major shopping, dining and entertainment destinations.
4750 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City MO 64112, 816-753-0100
Hours: Hours vary by business.
Pools With a View
The indoor pool is ideal for winter season visits, but in the heat of summer, the refreshing outdoor pool comes complete with beautiful views of Table Rock Lake and the rolling Ozark hills that surround it.
415 N. Route 265, Branson MO 65616, 417-334-1161
Hours: Pool hours vary by season.
The beautifully redesigned swimming pool area is reminiscent of a Japanese garden and offers incredible views of the Lake of the Ozarks. Gazebos and an outdoor bar are part of the experience.
315 Four Seasons Drive, Lake Ozark MO 65049, 800-843-5253
Hours: Pool hours vary by season.
The rooftop infinity pool at Hotel Sorella is a great place for relaxing amid the hustle and bustle of Kansas City's famous Country Club Plaza.
901 West 48th Place, Kansas City MO 64112, 816-753-8800
Hours: Pool hours vary by season.
Outdoors
If your group enjoys outdoor fun, you'll find it here. More than 38 miles of hiking, backpacking and equestrian trails wind through this 6,393-acre park. Camping, a lake for fishing and swimming, picnicking, an organized group camp and a visitor center are features.
678 State Route 147, Troy MO 63379, 636-528-7247
Hours: Open daily: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Trail of Tears State Park offers loads of outdoor fun for your group. Activities include camping, hiking, swimming and fishing. Cape Girardeau is nearby and has a host of services, including dining and lodging choices.
429 Moccasin Springs, Jackson MO 63755, 573-290-5268
Hours: Park grounds: Daily, 7 a.m.-dusk.
Dining Options
Steaks and seafood are popular choices at this popular Columbia eatery. The signature dish is dubbed The Aunt Jackie - it's a petite filet with lobster tail.
1401 Forum Blvd., Columbia MO 65205, 573-445-7772
Hours: Daily, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Enjoy the decor inside or patio seating at James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Smith's restaurant. The menu features Mediterranan tapas and more than 300 kinds of wine.
1900 Main St., Kansas City MO 64108, 816-842-2205
Hours: Mon.-Thur., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 5 p.m.-11 p.m.