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Located in the heart of America, Missouri mixes the Wild West and the cosmopolitan east. The cities are reminiscent of European capitals – yet only here can you see where the Pony Express began, discover where Mark Twain was inspired for Huckleberry Finn, and see where Jesse James was shot.
Known as the Gateway to the West, sits on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. The combination of a wide variety of cultural, family and sports attractions, more than a thousand one of a kind restaurants, and an exciting live music scene, makes St. Louis a Midwest must see.Kansas City
Barbecue is a way of life in Kansas City and there are more barbecue restaurants per capita than any other city in the nation…over 100 BBQ restaurants. Jazz has been a staple of the Kansas City music scene since the 1920’s with artists like local boy Charlie “Bird” Parker.
No trip to Missouri is complete without visiting some of these Missouri Icons:
Synonymous with America’s expansion into the west, visitors can ride to the top of the mighty Gateway Arch in St Louis.
Concocted during the depression Kansas City claims to be home of the BBQ sauce and the city has over 100 dedicated restaurants to support this claim!
Traversing though the heart of Missouri Route 66 offers travellers a chance to get their kicks at the Route 66 Drive-in amongst other retro gems!
Missouri’s Music scene is a must for all aficionados. Blues in St Louis, Jazz in Kansas City and Branson’s eclectic mix of shows have something for everyone!
This one of kind museums has a collection of rare and vintage motorcycles from the many European manufacturers that existed before 1975, all the way back to the beginning of motorcycling around 1900, many beautifully restored to their original condition. Our 6,000 square foot museum has retained much of its "retro" look adding to the nostalgic feel of the era. Talk show host, Jay Leno is a big fan of the museum too.
The Arabia Steamboat Museum is home to a true time capsule of Pre Civil War America frontier life in the 1800s. In 1856, the Arabia was heading up the Missouri River with over 200 tonnes of supplies for pioneer settlers when it hit a tree and sank. Over the years the river had changed course and it was in 1988 the Arabia was discovered in a corn field. Her magnificent cargo contained hundreds of perfectly preserved artefacts including clothing, crockery, tools and even bottled food all preserved in remarkable condition.
The sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form come alive at the American Jazz Museum in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City. This is the place where jazz masters such as Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Big Joe Turner, and hundreds of others defined the sounds of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. The museum includes interactive exhibits and films, educational programmes, the Changing Gallery, the Blue Room jazz club and the Gem Theatre, a 500-seat performing arts centre, all tell their own story about the good old days.
The flagship brewery for Anheuser-Busch provides FREE daily tours through the historic 100-acre plant and the world famous Clydesdales stables and even rewards its visitors with a free half pint at a tasting session at the end of the tour. Tourists can see beer being made live in front of them in hot and steamy vats in a working part of the brewery.
The Fox Theatre, also known as "The Fabulous Fox", is a former movie palace and currently a performing arts centre in St. Louis. Opened in 1929, The Fox today presents live entertainment with superstar concerts, Broadway and family shows.
Visitors to Branson can relive the last hours of the most famous trans-Atlantic voyage in a magnificent homage to the historic cruise liner. Over 400 personal and private artefacts are on display and on entry each guest is handed a boarding pass bearing the name of a Titanic passenger. Guests follow through the attraction discovering the fate of their passenger on the Memorial Wall at the end of the tour. The interactive components along the way provoke powerful emotions as guests:
The National World War 1 Museum's interactive technology and creative curatorship tell the story of the first worldwide military conflict. Walk across the poppy field that honours those who died in the conflict and enter the museum to experience one of the world's finest collections of World War 1 artefacts.
The Jesse James Home Museum is the house in St. Joseph where outlaw Jesse James was living and was gunned down on April, 3, 1882 by Robert Ford. The house has a large bullet hole on the left wall as you enter from the front. The Jesse James Home contains a number of items owned by Jesse James and his family. The museum includes new exhibits based on the 1995 exhumation, including artefacts such as coffin handles, bits of wood, and a pin Jesse James wore in his death photo, as well as numerous photos taken during the exhumation.
Lamberts Restaurant is a Missouri institution, serving good quality home style food to millions, but they are best known for their 'Throwed Rolls'. Forget your silver service at Lamberts you need quick reflexes because you've got to catch your bread roll before you can eat it!
When Leila Cohoon tells people she owns a hair museum, they envision old curling irons, hair dyers, and other such tools. However, this is not the case. This unique museum displays antique jewellery and pictures made of human hair. Everything included in the museum is over 100 years old and qualified as a true antique. There are 159 wreaths and over 2,000 pieces of jewellery containing, or made of, human hair dating before 1900. There's hair that's been made into rings, watch fobs, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, chains, brooches, hat pins, bookmarks, and corsages.