Missouri is a Southern state covered by the Ozark Mountains and grassy plains. Drive down Route 66 for vintage Americana; visit one of more than 50 state parks for outdoor adventure; dance to jazz all night long, and tuck into a plate of slow-cooked barbecue – what more could you want?! With more than 6,300 recorded caves, it's no surprise Missouri is known as the Cave State. Missouri also has some of the largest freshwater springs in the country, with more than 1,000 miles of hiking trails, rock formations, rivers, and lakes. Lake of the Ozarks has more shoreline than California – fab for a peaceful getaway or classic play-cation.
When you drive into the city of St Louis and spot your very first glance of the downtown skyline, you will notice the sweeping lines of the Gateway Arch. A bit of an architectural triumph, the Gateway Arch is 900 tons of stainless steel sections that were assembled and completed in 1965 as a symbol to honour exploration and to commemorate the spirit of pioneers as they blazed trails to the west.
A dazzling highway that symbolised hope, running from Chicago to LA, was the epitome of 'cool.' And it didn’t just pass through Missouri. The highway name ‘Route 66’ was christened in Springfield, Missouri, in 1926 (you can see the sign here!). Driving west on Route 66, travellers experience nostalgic flashes of what once was an original 1935 roadhouse in Eureka that is now home to Route 66 State Park’s visitor centre. You can also discover more about America’s most famous road at the Route 66 Museum in Lebanon and in Springfield at the History Museum on the Square.
The National Blues Museum celebrates the genre as the foundation of all modern American music. Guests are educated in an entertaining environment that includes high impact technology-driven experiences, a state-of-the-art theatre, artefact exhibits and lectures.
If you like beer, you’ve come to the right place. You can find breweries large and small throughout the Show-Me State. Did you know that Missouri is the home to Anheuser-Busch, creator of the first national beer brand: Budweiser? Many of Missouri’s microbreweries provide tours and tastings, and some include great dining too. As of 2017, there were 81 craft brewers in Missouri, double the number that existed just six years earlier.
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