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Missouri Tent Camping Trip
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From Kansas City, jump onto US-50 and head east to explore Missouri. On the outskirts of Kansas City, you’ll find yourself in Independence, of the nation’s most historically-rich cities. Why, you ask? This humble city holds the unique distinction as serving as the starting point for both the Oregon and Santa Fe Trail. The city is also the birthplace of Harry S. Truman, whose life and legacy can be explored at the Harry S. Truman Library.
You’ll find the town of Liberty nearby and it’s a worthy stopover for the overgrown cowboy in your crew. It was here, on February 13th, 1866, that Jesse James and his brother Frank walked into a local bank and began their legendary crime spree. Today, you can explore the life and times of these men at the Jesse James Bank Museum.
Heading east, make a stop at the town of Sedalia, the birthplace of Ragtime, a truly American style of music. Each June, the town hosts the world-class Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival, so named in honor of the man who is credited with the sound’s creation. Thousands also flock to Sedalia each August for the annual Missouri State Fair.
Continue your route and you’ll soon come across the state capital, Jefferson City. Consider a tour of the impressive Missouri Sate Capitol building, situated along the banks of the Missouri River. The town is also Lewis and Clark country, which can be explored along the Native Stone Lewis & Clark Hiking Trail.
St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, will be your final stop in Missouri. But don’t just marvel at the famed Gateway Arch. Not when there are a host of unique attractions delivering days’ worth of exploration opportunities. For dog lovers, how about a quick stop at the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog? Don’t forget St. Louis was practically raised on riverboat gambling, and the modern days are no different. There are several riverboat casinos to choose from including Casino Queen and several others. Grabbing some tasty ‘que (that’s barbecue, people) wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world.
For military history buffs, don’t miss the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site to learn all about the man’s life, military career, and presidency. Continue touring historic St. Louis at the Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum. If you’re looking for more history, don’t miss the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, an impressive complex and one of the most comprehensive exhibits dedicated to the explorers.
Right across the street from Busch Stadium, home of the baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals (a park that most likely has been bulldozed to make way for the new stadium by press time) is the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame.
But back to the famous Arch. Obviously, we haven’t traveled this far to miss it, as it is one of the country’s best-known landmarks. If a ride up the arch isn’t to your liking, keep your feet on the ground and visit the Museum of Westward Expansion, located directly below. Other great museums in the city include the Museum of Transportation, the St. Louis Art Museum, or the City Museum.
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