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Wildflowers Put on a Show at Shaw Nature Reserve

Photo of Shaw Nature Reserve, Gray Summit

By Tom Uhlenbrock Gray Summit, Mo. – A walk in the park is the perfect antidote for a long, cold winter, especially if it’s a hike through the wildflower-filled woods, wetlands, glades, prairies and bottomland forests of Shaw Nature Reserve. Owned by the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Nature Reserve is a 2,440-acre diverse landscape – which means an equally diverse ... Read More »

Public Tours to Resume at Missouri State Penitentiary

Photo of Missouri State Penitentiary, Jefferson City

Office of Administration reports steady progress of renovation and clean-up Jefferson City, Mo. – The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau received an update from the Office of Administration that renovations and clean-up of the Missouri State Penitentiary are progressing steadily, and modified tours are slated to begin April 21, 2014. The tour season will commence with a modified history ... Read More »

A Treasure Hunt to Missouri’s Mills

Photo of Dillard Mill State Historic Site

By Tom Uhlenbrock Jefferson City, Mo. - Missouri’s bounty of rushing springs and streams presented the early settlers with the water power they needed to grind grain and saw timber. A 1902 map shows more than 900 grist mills stretching to every corner of the state. “People looked forward to going to the mill,” said Lesley McDaniel, administrator of the ... Read More »

Champions Tour Coming to Southwest Missouri

By Tom Uhlenbrock Ridgedale, Mo. – The PGA Champions Tour event that will be held this summer at Big Cedar Lodge’s Top of the Rock golf course is expected to introduce the scenic beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities of Southwest Missouri to a worldwide audience. Gov. Jay Nixon joined PGA Tour officials at a news conference broadcast live on the ... Read More »

Museum Tells Missouri’s Civil War Story

Photo of Civil War Museum, Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis

By Tom Uhlenbrock In order to see the country’s newest Civil War museum, you’ll have to visit the oldest active military installation west of the Mississippi River. The Missouri Civil War Museum is in a recently restored building on the parade grounds at the Jefferson Barracks Historic Site in St. Louis. Established in 1826, Jefferson Barracks served soldiers in every ... Read More »

Missouri on the Run

Cupcake Run

Jefferson City, Mo. – New Year’s Resolution: get fit. New Year’s suggestion: take up fun runs. Any resolution is hard to keep: 75 percent make it through the first week in January.  Only 46 percent make it past the first of June. But with fun runs, you can keep your resolution and break it at the same time! Fun runs ... Read More »

Missouri Enjoys Showing on Best-of Lists

Photo of St. Louis skyline from Moonrise Hotel

Jefferson City, Mo. – If you’re looking for an award-winning getaway, start planning your trip to Missouri. During this about-to-be-wrapped-up year, the Show-Me State’s tourism assets made dozens of best-of lists awarded by regional, national and international publications and organizations. These destinations and attractions make it easy to enjoy the show on your Missouri vacation. Earning a variety of accolades ... Read More »

Plan Your 2014 Missouri Vacation Today

Travel Guide Cover 2014 FINAL

Jefferson City, Mo. – Travelers looking for an early holiday treat are in luck: the 2014 Official Missouri Travel Guide has just been released, making this a great time to start planning a Show-Me state vacation. The Missouri Division of Tourism’s (MDT) Official Missouri Travel Guide is a carry-along travel-planning tool for anyone seeking information about Missouri’s lineup of attractions ... Read More »

Missouri-Made Makes Christmas Awesome

Photo of Missouri is Awesome T-shirt courtesy Five Pound Apparel, Springfield

Jefferson City, Mo. – From chocolate treats and the ever-popular holiday ham to personalized glass creations and woven clothing, you can customize your holiday shopping list in Missouri. In every corner of the Show-Me State, you find a great selection of gifts for every person on your shopping list. For Karen Hudson of Hermann, there’s no stress to holiday shopping ... Read More »

Enjoy the Holidays in Missouri

Photo of Vaile Mansion, Independence

Independence, Mo. – If you thought getting your home ready for the holidays was time consuming, imagine decorating more than 20 rooms in anticipation of 2,000 guests. That’s the challenge facing a group of nearly 30 volunteers working up to nine hours a day preparing Vaile Mansion in Independence for its annual holiday celebration. The beautiful landmark home will have ... Read More »

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