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Discover Missouri Attractions and History

Many of our Missouri Attractions are centered around our rich history. Our grassy plains and forested mountains hosted the pre-historic Mississippian culture whose mounds can be found here to this day. The Mississippi River on our eastern border served as a highway for the French trappers who founded St. Louis here in 1764. After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Missouri played a central role in the westward expansion of the United States, earning us the nickname "Mother of the West." The Pony Express, Oregon Trail, Santa Fe Trail, and California Trail all began here.

Missouri attractions include being the home to Anheuser-Busch, brewer of Budweiser beer, while the Missouri Rhineland and Ozarks give us Missouri wine. Our state counts President Harry S. Truman, Mark Twain, Walt Disney, and Chuck Berry as famous sons. We're also the birthplace of ragtime music, Kansas City jazz, and the St. Louis Blues.

Missouri Attractions by Region:

Northwest Missouri is a region of contrasts. The area is home to both Jamesport's large Amish community and the fast-paced jazz and bbq of Kansas City. Consequently, you’ll find no end of things to do here. Legoland, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, The Pony Express Museum, and the birthplace of Jesse James are just a few of the area's highlights. View Northwest Region Inns.

In the Northeast, the attraction of the mighty Mississippi has helped to create a region of cultural diversity. St. Louis, St. Charles, Hannibal, Moberly, Kirksville, and Hermann are just a few of the region's must-visit cities. At the very least you'll want to sample some genuine St. Louis-style barbecue! View Northeast Region Inns.

Missouri's Central Region includes two huge lakes, our largest state park, largest University, and the state Capitol. The region offers a cornucopia of outdoor activities. Lake of the Ozarks, ziplines, float trips, golf, and more. Central Missouri also offers a variety of military museums and monuments. View Central Region Inns.

The Southwest offers several Civil War battle sites along with our entertainment capital, Branson. The region is also home to our state's third largest city, Springfield. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum can be found here, along with sci-fi writer Robert A. Heinlein's Library Addition. The area also offers a variety of popular show caves. View Southwest Region Inns.

The Southeast, home to crystal-clear waters, trails, and caves, makes the region a popular destination for lovers of the great outdoors. Hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, and caving can all be had - and in some of the United States' most beautiful countryside. View Southeast Region Inns.

So go ahead - come explore the many wonders of Missouri and let us provide you with unforgettable Missouri attractions and experiences!