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Motorcyclists Invited to Explore Missouri Ozarks

Highway 19 twists and turns as its head into Eminence.

By Tom Uhlenbrock Eminence, Mo. - North Carolina has the Tail of the Dragon, Tennessee is home to the Devil’s Triangle and now Missouri has the Ozark Hellbender. A catchy name is a must for enticing the nation’s motorcycle riders to experience a scenic, stomach-churning roadway with plenty of sharp “twisties” and long, banked “sweepers.” The Tail of the Dragon ... Read More »

Missouri’s Best Eats

Levee High Apple Pie

By Tom Uhlenbrock Kimmswick, Mo. – Deciding on a dessert at the Blue Owl brought to mind the restaurant scene from the 1996 movie “Michael,” starring John Travolta as an archangel. Michael asks the waitress what kind of pie they serve. “Apple, banana cream, coconut cream, sour cream raisin, chocolate cream, strawberry rhubarb and cherry,” his server replies. Being a ... Read More »

Enjoy Big Fun at Missouri’s Fourth of July Celebrations

Fair St. Louis

Jefferson City, Mo. – The combination of burgers on the grill, patriotic anthems and fireworks lighting up the summer sky is the epitome of Fourth of July in Missouri. Across the state, cities celebrate freedom with fantastic fireworks displays, good food and even better music. If you’re not yet sure where to celebrate the Fourth, here are a few places ... Read More »

Paddling the Lower Mississippi River

Mississippi River Sunset

By Tom Uhlenbrock   Caruthersville, Mo. – There was no brass band playing to greet John Ruskey and his five crewmates as they paddled their 30-foot wood canoe into Caruthersville to end an 11-day voyage on the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Instead of trombones and tubas, lightning flashed, thunder boomed and rain fell. Lots of rain. “That’s part of ... Read More »

Open the Float Season on the North Fork of the White River

By Tom Uhlenbrock Dora, Mo. – Fed by springs and protected by national forest for the top two-thirds of  its 50 miles, the North Fork of the White River is among the most pristine of Missouri’s Ozark float streams. One of a handful of rivers in the state where wild rainbow trout thrive, the fish were last stocked by the ... Read More »

Enjoy the Outdoor Show

Photo of Starlight Theater, Kansas City

Jefferson City, Mo. – Spring is the season of rebirth, so it seems appropriate that one of Missouri’s best-loved treasures announced in April that it was returning to the stage – literally.  The famed outdoor production of “The Shepherd of the Hills” in Branson shut its doors at the end of its fall season, stating at the time that it ... Read More »

Missouri Festivals: Food and Fun for Everyone

Photo of Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals, Lake of the Ozarks

Jefferson City, Mo. – It’s time to get some spring in your step. Across the Show-Me State, festivals offer fun, food, and a chance for visitors of all ages to make lasting memories. As you search for festivals, be sure to check out VisitMO.com for information on lodging, dining and attractions, as well as the myriad events shaping up around ... Read More »

Missouri Celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week


Jefferson City, Mo. – If you need another reason to vacation to Missouri in May, here’s a good one. Several Missouri tourism organizations and businesses will join their colleagues from around the U.S. in observing National Travel and Tourism Week from May 3-11. This annual celebration was established by Congress in 1983 and first observed in 1984. During the week, ... Read More »

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 »

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