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Explore the Ageless Beauty of Kansas City Missouri

October 21, 2014 at 3:30 pm

kansas city spots.jpgBarbeque, jazz music, and a little bit of American history – all these can make for a very good vacation. If you’re in the mood for that, drive on to the heart of America and enjoy what Kansas City has to offer – aside from its numerous fountains, of course. The most populous municipality in the state of Missouri has various museums, world class shopping, dining and entertainment that will make it worth the visit.


Here are some of the sites you should visit to explore the ageless beauty of the city:


Country Club Plaza

Just because you’re in the country doesn’t mean you can’t have some city fun. Go to some high-end shops and great restaurants, and see some of the famous fountains that garnered the city it’s moniker. Here is a complete list of all the fountains in Kansas City, Missouri. Called The Plaza by the locals, this 14-block shopping district was one of the first outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment district in the United States.


Union Station

This restored train station has been transformed to an interactive Science City. Since it houses an interactive science museum, an exhibit of the American railroad, and planetarium shows among others, visitors from various places will surely have a good time in this place.


Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

This art museum is world-renowned for its impressive exhibits.Its collection has over 2,000 works that includes neoclassical architecture, Egyptian sculptures and Japanese art.

Once you go outside, you’ll find the 22-acre Kansas City Sculpture Park. Though admission is free, most special exhibits charge a small fee.


Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

Definitely the best tourist attraction for the kids, this place depicts an old-fashioned family farm that lets children have the farm experience with animals and birds, pony rides, a barn, and a schoolhouse.


Kansas City Zoo

What’s a family vacation without the children visiting the zoo? With over 1,000 species to see, including lively chimpanzees and entertaining elephants, the kids’ animal-encounter in the Kansas City Zoo is something they won’t forget. A lot of walking will be involved, but the adjoining IMAX Theater adds to the enjoyment as well.


18th and Vine Neighborhood

Aside from giving birth to the musical styles of jazz and blues, this Neighborhood is also home to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, where the first Negro National league started in 1920, and the Gem Theater. By day you can visit the American Jazz Museum, and at night you can stop by the Blue Room for some great jamsessions. You can also enjoy jazz storytelling, poetry jams and workshops.


National World War I Museum

Though a visit to this place wouldn’t be as lively as other museums, it would definitely educate visitors who fancy a bit of history. The lobby has galleries that represent over 9 million casualties of the war, and an interactive exhibit that shows the war’s consequences and impact to the country.


The many barbeque places of Kansas

Kansas City is the Home of Barbeque, so there isn’t really just a single place to get the best meat. You can have your pick from over more than 100 barbeque joints and experience the rich traditions that are truly Kansas. The barbeque in Kansas is simply unbeatable and so good that this website confidently lists five of the best barbeque restaurants in the city.


One of the best ways to go around the city is through your Jeep Wrangler. Add excitement to your adventure as you drive all day. You can purchase Wranglers for sale in this website, and go through the many boulevards of the city called “Paris of the Plains”.

How to Wear the Clothes that You Want

October 13, 2014 at 1:06 pm

fitting clothesSo you’re walking down the street, minding your own business, when suddenly, you see an advertisement. “Sale”, it says in four big red letters. And there it is, right across the street – one of your favorite brands has just announced a sale! You’ve just got your paycheck yesterday and in the mood to reward yourself for the stresses you’ve had the past month. What’s a girl to do?

You go inside the store and immediately you see the pair of pants you’ve been saving up for. Quickly you walk to the right aisle and look for your size, and just to be sure, one each of a size bigger and a size smaller. You head to the dressing room and try the pants on, but halfway through you realize it doesn’t fit! Not the type to give up easily, you try to wiggle your way in, until you have no choice but to put the other one on. So you did, and yet, it still doesn’t fit!

What could possibly have happened? You gained weight! Though gaining weight might not always be a bad thing, it does have disadvantages. One is that you might not look that good in the clothes you want to wear. Some may argue that you could always just buy new clothes, but what if those that you want are only available in certain sizes? Remember, lose pounds the healthy way so you’re sure they’ll go away. Here are five tips to do just that:


1. Wake Up and Move

Having the right amount of sleep every day will help you lose weight. According to a study, a sleep-deprived person can gain up to 3 pounds more compared to a well-rested person. The effects of sleep deprivation are thoroughly discussed in this page. So make sure to catch that needed rest.

Once you wake up, start your day right by going to your exercise routine. It jumpstarts your metabolism and may even regulate your appetite throughout the day.


2. Less Salt, More Water

Salt is in almost every American food, and the amount of salt in a year consumed by an average person causes up to an additional ten pounds. Water will keep your body hydrated, and will take up space in your stomach, causing you to eat less. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out which you should have more. Reading this article about recommended intakes of salt will help you a lot in a managing your diet.


3. Note the Time and Quantity

It’s not just about what you eat, it’s when and how much you do. Breakfast is always essential, a routine that shouldn’t be missed. Snacking is also good to make sure that you don’t go hungry for long, decreasing the chance that you’ll go and eat more than you really need.

A good tip would be to prepare your meals beforehand. Some people think of their daily meals at the start of the week and just freeze it. Eating homemade food is better, since you have more control of the ingredients you put in what you eat. Others have a go-to healthy restaurant just in case they don’t have time to cook.


4. Protein

We’ve all heard of high-protein diets done by bodybuilders and nutritionists to lose fat and build more muscles. It takes longer to digest than fats and carbohydrates, so you’ll feel full faster and for a longer time. Protein is available in capsules, but it’s always better to have it from fresh fruits and vegetables. You can get some of the best protein shake recipes from this health website.


5. Throw Away the Fat Clothes

Once you achieve the size you’re aiming for, throw away the old fat clothes. The knowledge that you’ll need to buy more of the bigger size if you gain all that pounds again is enough motivation to keep your ideal weight.

How To Have A Stress-Free Vacation

October 8, 2014 at 4:55 pm

vacationWhen you’re on vacation, you want to relax, refresh your mind and body, and enjoy some quality moments with your family, loved ones, or friends. To achieve maximum relaxation on your vacation, proper planning and hashing out the details should be completed long before your actual trip. It would help if you had a checklist on your phone, tablet, or on paper. You can refer to your vacation checklist every now and then to make sure all the details are being attended to.

Here are some helpful advice for a stress-free vacation:


  •  Pick airports that are less crowded. The great thing about modern air travel is the number of choices available to you, from the airlines to the destinations. You can avoid the chaos and congestion of busy airport hubs by picking out smaller, lesser known airports that are also within your travel plans. This is especially helpful if you are vacationing during major holiday travel times. For instance, if you are flying to Missouri, instead of a flight to St. Louis, how about Branson instead? The airport is considered one of the most stress-free airports in the U.S. because of the rustic design, quick security and baggage checks, and personalized customer service. Here is an informative article that lists the world’s busiest airports so you can avoid them if you can..


  •  Travel light. It’s a vacation, not a business trip, so no need to burden yourself with way too many clothes and shoes than you would actually need when relaxing by the beach or camping outdoors. Streamline your baggage to just the most essential clothing items, accessories, and footwear, with some extra items just in case. It would help to know the weather conditions ahead of time so you are prepared for your destination. Bottomline, when you are traveling light you are also less stressed out, and less worried about losing or forgetting something during the journey.


  • No calls or e-mails. If it is possible, unplug yourself completely from work during your vacation. Make arrangements to have work-related calls or e-mails routed to another person who can take care of tasks while you are away. You may have to have provisions for the most important or critical calls or e-mails to still reach you, but in general you should have this time for taking a break from your responsibilities. Otherwise, it will be like you are still in the office. Tip: don’t bring your work laptop.


  • Have an itinerary. As you are planning the vacation details, ask your travel agent or hotel reservation desk for suggestions on what activities to enjoy in the area. If you decide to get help from a travel agent, I suggest you read this article, it gives tips on how to effectively deal with travel agents. Include their suggestions in your itinerary so there is something to look forward to every day, and also so you don’t end up with nothing to do especially if reservations or prior confirmations are required. On the other hand, you should also set aside time for just doing nothing and being lazy; after all, this is a vacation from work.


  • Don’t leave unfinished tasks. Complete everything that needs to be finished before going on vacation. This will avoid tasks piling up when you come back. You will also enjoy your vacation much more if you are not thinking of pending assignments back at the office. Tie up all loose ends before you go on break, and your boss and your colleagues will also appreciate this and cover for you while you are gone.


  • Secure your home. Your home should be secured especially if you will be gone for a long time. Utilize proper security systems and alarms, and check to make sure they are all working correctly. If there are necessary repairs or replacements, garage door repairs for instance, contact the professionals and have everything repaired or replaced before you leave. If you’re in a budget and worried about how much the whole door replacement will cost, you can refer to an extensive list of garage door prices available in this page. When you know your home is safe, you will not end up worrying or stressing away during your vacation time.

Taking Your Little Girl To KCMO?

October 8, 2014 at 3:15 pm

kansas_railroadYou will find endless opportunities for fun and learning geared towards children when you visit Kansas City, Missouri. Whether you are taking your little girl to the many museums and historic destinations in the downtown area, or exploring the other attractions in nearby towns and suburbs, you and your daughter will have plenty of fun memories and lessons to take with you as you visit Kansas City. Here are some ideas on where to go and what to bring when you travel to the city:


          • For animal lovers, Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is a must. This is a large farm with a nature trail and a feeding/petting area for goats. You can explore the beautiful butterfly garden or go fishing in the pond. Your young girl will enjoy the farm setting and the trails, as well as pony rides or horsedrawn wagons, but make sure to bring lots of water for hydration. Admission is free.
  •  Artistic kids will enjoy Kaleidoscope. This facility is located at the Crown Center, and was the idea of Don Hall of Hallmark Cards. At Kaleidoscope, your little girl will be able to use Hallmark materials to create paintings, scuptures, and other arts and crafts. Independent and family sessions are available. You can also bring some arts and crafts supplies of your own. Tickets to the Kaleidoscope are free.
  • Money Museum for your young entrepreneur.Does your little girl have the makings of a successful entrepreneur or business woman? Set her on the right path by taking her to the Federal Reserve’s Money Museum. She will enjoy watching how money is made, and seeing the massive collection of coins at the Money Museum. Click here to learn more about the Money Museum exhibits.
  •  Cave Spring Historic Site and Nature Center. Downtown Kansas City is home to the 36-acre Cave Spring Historic Site and Nature Center. Your daughter will especially enjoy the exploration cave and the habitat pond. When you are at Cave Spring, you won’t feel like you are in downtown at all. The wildlife and plant life along the walking trails will make you feel like you are elsewhere in Missouri’s natural scenic spots.
  • Kansas City Northern Railroad for train lovers.Kids love train rides, and the miniature trains of Kansas City Northern Railroad will be a treat for your little girl. The train is free and open most weekends, and your girl can bring her favorite American Girl doll along for the ride (grab some American Girl coupons here if you are planning to buy dolls or accessories). If you are a train enthusiast, you would love to get the chance to see all the railroads operating in Kansas, they are all listed here.
  • The ultimate playroom: Wonderscope.The Wonderscope facility is at the Children’s Museum in Kansas City. Here, children can play, imagine, and explore to their heart’s content. Activities include golfing, gardening, and play areas for banking, grocery shopping, schoolteaching, and more. All your daughter will need to bring is her imagination and loads of energy.
  • Bring your skates to the Crown Center. Kansas City residents wait every year for the Christmas tree lighting and ice skating rink at the Crown Center. Lace up your ice skates (or you can rent a pair for your little girl) and skate while enjoying the Christmas atmosphere at the Center. If you find yourself at Kansas City on Thanksgiving night, you and your daughter will love the Christmas lighting ceremony at the Country Club Plaza also.

Things to Do In Kansas City

October 8, 2014 at 8:31 am

kansascity1Are you in the mood to see some good old country scenery? What better way to fulfill your desire than go to the “Heart of America”? The largest municipality in the state of Missouri has about five thousand people per square mile. Though its neighboring city shares its name, Kansas City, Missouri is more prevalent in that metropolitan area.

The city is not only known for making musical styles jazz and blues popular, but for their barbecue as well. A vacation at this place definitely calls for trying their famous Kansas City-style barbecue (considered the best in the world!) and listening to nightly jazz in most of the restaurants.

If you do get a chance to visit this wonderful place, here are some tips on what else you should do while you’re there:


1. Brush Up On Your History

The area of Kansas City is known for its participation in the American Civil War. This Missouri city held intense military activity, and here occurred the Border War, including the Battle of Westport and Bleeding Kansas. Read this article to learn more about what happened in Kansas during the war. One of their iconic landmarks is the National WWI Museum, which houses over 75,000 World War I-related artifacts. Chosen as the official WWI museum by Congress, the 32-000 square foot facility is arranged in narrative form where you can see WWI soldiers telling their own war stories through the exhibit.

You not only learn about American history, you also have the chance to see a little European-style celebration. From August 31 to October 14, Kansas City Renaissance Festival brings you back to the 16th century. The whole festival has that Canterbury village feel, so participants get to escape this century and be part of a past world. Feast like a king and dance like a jester; see all the skilled artisans and buy their artworks while watching jousting knights. On these weekends, you can experience Renaissance England right in the heart of America.

And no, you can’t carry your own torch, but they will light some as you enter the gates!


2. Get Cultured

It’s not called Paris of the Plains for nothing – Kansas City is claimed to have more boulevards than any other city in the world except for Rome. It’s also been called the City of Fountains for the numerous outdoor water features all throughout the city.

Kansas City’s burgeoning arts community is also starting to get recognized by major art powerhouses. You shouldn’t miss the chance to go to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Known for its neoclassical architecture, the photography and art collection it features has works from America, Europe, and Asia.

Tour the Steamboat Arabia Museum and see the sunken steamer that would make you appreciate the era of steamboat in American history. Visit the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and experience music and opera the Kansas way.


3. Throw That Ball

Kansas city is proud of their celebrated baseball history, which you can view at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. It will bring a sense of nostalgia with its videos, artifacts and state-of-the-art designs that commemorate the legendary stars of the Negro National League. Before going to the museum, why not take some time to visit this site and learn about the history of the Negro Leagues Baseball?

If you’re in the mood for a game, drop by the Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals. With fairly affordable game tickets, you can also enjoy the tours provided.

You can go to Kansas City by the usual plane, train, or bus route, but wouldn’t it be exciting to explore the land by car? You can go explore the city and experience a different kind of trip in your Jeep Brute. Bond with your companions as you check out all the sights in this amazing city. Go to this Jeepbrute.com website and see how you can make this a road trip you will never forget.

The Best Field Trip Spots in Missouri

September 13, 2014 at 3:57 am

field tripField trips are always fun. Students look forward to field trips with their teachers and classmates. These trips are not just enjoyable, but also offer different learning opportunities and the chance to increase one’s knowledge in ways that are vastly different from classroom instruction. Field trips are not limited to school-sponsored trips, of course. Families can also schedule their own field trips and explorations to sites that are both educational and also enjoyable.

The state of Missouri offers different field trip destinations ranging from historical to nature-inspired. You will not have to travel too far to find something that piques the interest of your family. Probably one of the more popular destinations for tourists is Branson, Missouri, known all over as the Midwest’s live entertainment capital. Branson has no shortage of different theatrical and musical shows and performances year-round, and you are guaranteed to find a few shows that would appeal to you.

wax museum.jpgBranson also boasts of the Hollywood Wax Museum, the only museum in the United States with a celebrity-only wax figure display. This wax museum just completed a million-dollar renovation, and features wax figures of the most iconic Hollywood celebrities from past and present. Also in Branson is the BoxCar Willie Theatre, home of Gold- and Platinum-awarded recording star BoxCar Willie of the Grand Ole Opry.

Historic trails are popular field trip destinations in Missouri. Part of the California National Historic Trail is here, where you can retrace about 1,000 miles of trail ruts traveled in the 1840′s by gold-seekers headed to California. Also in Missouri are the Lewis and Clark National Historical Trail and the Oregon National Historic Trail, both pathways to the West Coast.


In Kansas City, there are also different field trip opportunities, such as The City Market which features galleries, restaurants, the Arabia Steamboat Museum, and an outdoor farmer’s market which you will find to be very interesting especially on Saturdays. Kansas City also has the second most number of fountains in a city next to Rome, and the many fountains such as Spirit of Freedom, Firefighters, and J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain can be toured by driving or walking through.

Parents and educators who want to take this opportunity to teach financial basics to the young would want to look into touring the Federal Reserve Bank Visitors Center or The Money Museum. Located in Kansas City, this museum features interactive exhibits and galleries that depict the American economy, banking history, and other workings of the financial system. There is no admission or parking fees required to visit this highly educational site.

statepark.jpgNature lovers would find no shortage of scenic routes and state parks in Missouri. The Castlewood State Park offers a great view of the Meramec River and its surrounding areas, while the Elephant Rocks State Park focuses on giant granite rocks formed millions of years ago. A lot of people who loves to drive through the wilderness with their Jeep Wrangler equipped with a Safari Jeep bikini top like this will enjoy the St. Francois State Park or the Ha Ha Tonka State Park, both offering beautiful trails for hiking, biking, and camping as well.

There are many other great field trip destinations all over Missouri. Check with the local tourism offices for brochures and other information that can assist you in planning a trip that really gives you the chance to explore this beautiful state.

Fun Facts about Missouri

September 12, 2014 at 2:05 pm

funfactsallMissouri is undoubtedly a very interesting place. It boasts many tourist attractions that are unique and some are simply unrivaled. The majestic Liberty Memorial Tower, the simply stunning Gateway Arch, and the lovely Ozarks Mountains are just some of these.  These are more than enough reasons to want to visit the state of Missouri.

However, what makes Missouri much more interesting are some facts that are surely worth knowing and yet we hardly knew about. Knowing these facts, some of which are related to history, is truly entertaining. So let’s get ourselves educated with these fun facts:


A State of Firsts

There is no shortage of genius and ingenious inventors in Missouri. During the 1904 World’s Fair held in St. Louis, some seriously technologically advanced machines, during that time, were introduced. These are the X-Ray Machine, electric typewriter and the telephone answering machine. Food items like the ice cream cone, iced tea, pancake flour, cotton candy and Dr. Pepper were also invented by Missourians. Sliced bread was also invented in Chillicothe, Missouri. You probably heard the phrase “greatest thing since sliced bread”? It was actually a modified version of its original which is “greatest thing since Missouri”.


“Show Me” State

The name of the state came from a tribe called Missouri Indians which means “town of large canoes”. It is nicknamed “Show Me State” which, according to tales, began in 1899 when a congressman named Willard Duncan Vandiver stated “I’m from Missouri and you’ve got to show me.” It’s also serves as a testament to the character of Missourians who are often stubborn and devoted to the use of common sense.


A State as Happy as Disneyland

Walt Disney spent his childhood in Marceline, Missouri and the rural life had major influence on his career.  Actually, the full tagline for Disneyland is “The Happiest Place on Earth (Aside from Missouri)”.


The Cave State and the City of Fountains

Missouri is known as The Cave State because of its no less than 6000 known caves. At the same time, Kansas City which has 200 fountains just in the metropolitan area, is called the City of Fountains. The statistics doesn’t count the other fountains located in private garden and homes and office atriums.


BBQ, Steak and the Happy Meal

Kansas City, being the third-largest capital in the United States is home to the most savory BBQ and Steak. Kansas City’s barbecue is distinctive for its molasses-spiked sweet tomato sauce. The McDonalds Happy Meal was first introduced in Kansas City in the year 1979.


Some of the famous people who came from Missouri are Maya Angelou, T.S. Elliot, Harry S. Truman, Mark Twain and Brad Pitt.

In addition to all these, here are some of Missouri’s official state symbols:

State song: Missouri waltz

State Motto: “Salus populi suprema lex esto.” It translates to “The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law”.

State musical instrument: Fiddle

State folk dance: Square Dance

State Rock: Mozarkite

State animal: Mule


All of these just prove how colorful and interesting Missouri is and it’s worth a visit from you and your family or friends.

“Show Me” Missouri: The Top Tourist Attractions

September 12, 2014 at 1:59 pm


If you are searching for a place where you can bring your whole family for a fun vacation, Missouri is surely the place to go.

Missouri’s unofficial nickname is “Show Me” state. Although there are several stories on how the interesting nickname came about, it is probably safe to assume that it has something to do with its people.  Missourians have a generally conservative attitude and are often reluctant to believe in something without sufficient evidence.  Just how perfectly fitting that it also makes total sense as their tourism slogan as one would never get to appreciate how beautiful Missouri is if you don’t actually visit and give the state a chance to show you its sheer beauty. So let’s take a quick virtual trip to some of the best tourist attractions in Missouri.


The Gateway Arch

archKnown to be the world’s tallest arch and the largest man-made monument in the Western hemisphere, the 630-foot-high monument Gateway Arch is in St. Louis. It was built to be the centrepiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and became St. Louis’ famous symbol. Although solidly built of steel and concrete, the arch can sway as much as 18 inches, and therefore can withstand an earthquake. Tourists are also allowed to see the arch from its inside and the view is awe-inspiring particularly during early mornings.



LMT.jpgThe Liberty Memorial Museum

Missouri has numerous museums but if time would limit your visit to only one museum then I suggest you choose The Liberty Memorial Museum. The Liberty Memorial is a museum which was built in the memory of the soldiers who fought and died during the World War I. During the evenings, the grand 66-meter tall Liberty Memorial Tower becomes even more majestic as steam is emitted from the top while being illuminated by bright orange lights, thus giving off the illusion of a burning pyre.

The museum has two theatres dedicated to showing educational narratives about the war. It also houses exhibits, interactive displays and a research center and library museum


The Elephant Rock State Park

elehantrock_state.jpgIf you’d rather spend your vacation hiking, bird watching and having picnics, then you’d have to go to the Elephant Rock State Park. The park got its name because of the giant granite boulders standing end-to-end like a train of circus elephants. The park boasts a first of its kind Braille Trail which makes it possible for people with visual and physical abilities to explore the park.



The Ozark Mountains

ozarksIf you are a serious outdoor adventurer, then you have to spend your vacation somewhere in the Ozark Mountains where you’ll find a number of state parks. Visitors would be able to enjoy physically demanding activities like canoeing, hiking, biking, horseback riding and hunting. Since it would take you a couple of days to do all these activities, you’ll find many cabins, inns and campgrounds for your lodging and accommodation needs.



These tourist attractions are just one of many in Missouri which just prove how beautiful the state is and that it’s worth visiting.

How to Make the Most Out Of Your Missouri Scenic Drives Trip

September 9, 2014 at 3:24 am

scenicdriveAs a destination, Missouri has much to offer to those looking for a unique vacation and travel experience. Even just driving through the picturesque sceneries and idyllic towns and rural countryside of Missouri provides the traveller with endless opportunities to discover the hidden, often underrated gems of the state.

Popular destinations and scenic routes among the nature lovers include Busch Conservation Area, Shaw Nature Reserve, Millstream Gardens Conservation Area, Onondaga Cave State Park, Prairie State Park, and of course, the Ozark hill country and plateau. If historic towns and spots are more to your liking, you will enjoy driving through the French settlements of Ste. Genevieve along the Mississippi River, Missouri River Valley, Hermann, and Arrow Rock.

Missouri’s main population centers are St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia. Driving through these busy cities will be not much different from the hustle and bustle of any other American city. But the charm of the state is the rich natural resources, scenic views of the Ozarks, and its rich cultural heritage in the heartland of America.

Driving through Missouri’s scenic byways and roads will be more enjoyable if you know ahead of time what to expect, particularly points of interest along the way, as well as weather and road conditions in the area. These days, you can make use of a variety of apps for smartphones or tablets that give you real-time traffic and weather updates for virtually any point in the country. It is a good idea to have a reliable mobile device with Internet connection with you when you travel, especially if you are driving to areas you are not too familiar with.

As with any driving trip you are taking, you should also check the condition of your vehicle prior to travelling. Have a checklist of the essentials and make sure that tires, brakes, lights, oil, water, battery, and other components are working and in tip-top condition. It would be best to have a professional do the maintenance and routine check-up for you. For instance, if you have Tires Plus Coupons just like these, printed from the Web, you can use them for a variety of services offered at your local Tires Plus location.

In case of emergencies on the road, it is also a good idea to have these Tires Plus Coupons with you for use if you need new tires, or any other repairs or services offered at Tires Plus. They have branches all across the country, so you know that you have the convenience and great deals from these coupons you have with you on the trip.

You should also make the right preparations for lodging and accommodations ahead of time, especially if you are travelling to a popular tourist destination or if you are travelling around Missouri during peak seasons, such as summertime. You can also check online for hotel reservations and deals, or look for the less popular local hotels and inns with the local flavor for a more authentic Missouri experience.

When travelling with your family, always make sure that you have emergency supplies and a first aid kit with you in case of any emergencies or untoward incidents. It is also a good idea to review your insurance policies or travel insurance coverage, as these may come in handy during your trip.

Missouri Tourism and Imagery

June 20, 2013 at 3:42 am

During fiscal 2009/10, the state hosted 35.8 million domestic travelers, which represented more than 19 million households. Both number of travelers and expenditures were lower than the previous year due to the recession that began in 2008. Just over $6 billion was spent on travel-related expenditures, which was 3.5% lower than in fiscal 2008/09. Missouri’s tourism industry supported 281,255 jobs in fiscal 2010.

With hundreds of attractions and seven national landmarks and monuments, Missouri has much to offer vacationers. The most popular vacation areas are the St. Louis region (40% of all visits) and the Kansas City area (23%). The principal attraction in St. Louis is the Gateway Arch. At 630 feet (192 meters) it is the tallest humanmade national monument in the United States. In the Kansas City area are the Truman Sports Complex, Jesse James’s birthplace near Excelsior Springs, and Harry Truman’s hometown of Independence.

Branson is considered the “Live Music Show Capital of the World.” Memorabilia of Mark Twain are housed in and around Hannibal, while the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver is in Diamond.

Missouri has 51 state parks and 35 historic sites. Lake of the Ozarks State Park is the largest, covering 16,872 acres (6,828 hectares). The 1,375 miles (2,213 kilometers) of shoreline and swimming, fishing, and boating opportunities ke Lake of the Ozarks a popular vacation spot in mid-America.

In 2009, Missouri’s 150 public libraries had nearly three million borrowers and a circulation of 51.5 million. TheMissouri State Library, in Jefferson City, is the center of the state’s interlibrary loan network. The University ofMissouri-Columbia has the leading academic library. The federally administered Harry S Truman Library and Museum is at Independence.

The Missouri Division of Tourism lists about 200 museums in the state. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and the St. Louis Art Museum both house distinguished general collections. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal has a collection of manuscripts and other memorabilia. The Harry S Truman Library and Museum is in Truman’s hometown of Independence. Also notable are the Pony Express National Museum, City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis Center Museum of Science and Natural History, and McDonnell Planetarium. The Steamboat Arabia Museum, located in Kansas City, displays the treasures recovered from a steamboat that sank in the Missouri River in 1856. Buried for more than 130 years, the Arabia contained well-preserved artifacts, including bottled foods, china, supplies, and the like.