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Welcome to Missouri

Missouri offers a diversity of camping experiences in each of its towns, cities and wilderness areas. Here, a family will create a lifetime of memories following the Mississippi River or Route 66.

Northeast Missouri is a great starting point for a trip though the Show-Me State. The Mississippi River has attracted settlers for thousands of years and helped to make northeast Missouri what it is today, a diversified area rich in cultural history. Hannibal, known as America’s Hometown, keeps the days of Mark Twain alive. Tour Twain’s home, cruise the Mighty Mississippi, visit historic homes and relive the magic of Tom and Huck.

Hermann’s German founders designed the city overlooking the Missouri River to mimic the old-world charm of Germany's Rhine River Valley. Hermann affords the visitor festivals rich with tradition, spectacular views, more than 150 historic buildings, museums, wine trail events, shops and galleries.

St. Louis offers everything from industries in biotechnology to breweries, professional sports to riverboat casinos. The nation’s tallest monument at 630 feet, the Gateway Arch stands as an iconic monument symbolizing the westward expansion of the United States.

Central Missouri
Conveniently located in the heart of Missouri, The Lake of the Ozarks is a premier lake resort destination, offering boating, fishing and golfing.

The capital of Missouri, Jefferson City is located on the banks of the Missouri River amidst rolling hills, majestic architecture and towering river bluffs in a small-town setting filled with historic charm. The Capitol, completed in 1918, covers three acres in downtown Jefferson City.

Columbia, home of the University of Missouri-Columbia, has an eclectic mix of unique restaurants, specialty stores, galleries and coffee shops, along with a variety of festivals throughout the year.

Northwest Missouri
A region rich in history and culture, Northwest Missouri offers the fast-paced life of Kansas City paired with the simpler life in Jamesport, home to a large Amish community. Liberty has a fascinating history, with ties to Mormon leader Joseph Smith and American outlaw Jesse James. Excelsior Springs gained fame for its healing waters in the 1880s.

Rich in history, Independence offers twenty heritage attractions from the Civil War to the 33rd president of the United States. The hometown of Harry Truman, Independence has the Harry S Truman Library and Museum, Harry S. Truman Courtroom and Office, the Truman Farm and a Truman Walking Trail for visitors to enjoy. Built in 1881, the Vaile Mansion stands as a premiere example of Second Empire Victorian architecture. 

Kansas City, known as the Heart of America, is often referred to as the City of Fountains. Here you’ll find an incredible variety of things to see and do including professional sports, historical attractions, great music venues, world-class museums and Kansas City barbecue. Union Station, the second-largest railroad station in the U.S., features a variety of family friendly entertainment.

The history of the Boone's Lick region dates to the early 1800s, when Daniel and Nathan Boone, sons of frontiersman Daniel Boone, processed salt from what's called the Boone's Lick Spring.

In St. Joseph tour the stables where the Pony Express began in 1860 and the house where the notorious Jesse James met his end in 1882. The Pony Express National Museum tells the stories of the brave riders that carried saddlebags more than 2,000 miles west to California. A 60-foot diorama depicts the diverse terrain of the route.

Learn about Jesse's early days in Kearney. The Jesse James Home features period décor and items from the exhumation of Jesse's grave.

Southwest Missouri
The site of several Civil War battles and skirmishes, Southwest Missouri retains its ties to the past with historic sites where you can explore the state's involvement in the war. Explore Missouri's third-largest city, Springfield, its entertainment capital, Branson and numerous lakes including Stockton, Table Rock, Taneycomo and Bull Shoals.

Known as the Live Music Show Capital of the World, Branson is a one-of-a-kind family destination with more than 50 live performance theaters, three lakes, a dozen golf courses, a world renowned theme park, museums, a historic downtown district and shopping galore.

Founded in the 1830s, Springfield is a family-friendly community with shopping and cultural activities. Visit Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Fantastic Caverns, Dickerson Park Zoo and Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.

Southeast Missouri
Home to spring-fed streams and crystal clear waters, Southeast Missouri is a haven for nature lovers. The southeastern corner, known as the “Bootheel” because of its shape, is rich in Missouri history and agriculture. Southeast Missouri gives one the feel of the Deep South with the southern drawls, cotton fields and home cooking. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways are home to beautiful countryside where hiking, exploring caves and floating down a winding stream are favored activities.