Missouri, “The Show Me State” is also known as “Where the Rivers Run,” and has more than 110,000 miles of running water. The Missouri River runs across the state from Kansas City to St. Louis, and the Mississippi River runs along MO’s eastern border. But there are miles more to enjoy all over the state.
MO also has 16 lakes ranging in size from 440 acres to 55,406 acres. The two largest, Truman Lake and Lake of the Ozarks are in the Central section. Lake of the Ozarks has 1,150 miles of shoreline and was opened to the public in 1931 and has since become a vacation destination for lake recreation.
Bull Shoals Lake, Table Rock Lake, and Lake Taneycomo located in the SW region near Branson, Mo were formed from the Army Corp of Engineers’ damming of the White River for flood control in 1954-1958. Winding through the Ozark Mountains for over 80 miles, Table Rock Lake with its clear, deep water and wooded, rocky shoreline has also become a popular draw for lake sports and vacations.
Let a BBIM member show you a great stay where the rivers run.
Because America’s Civil War started in Missouri in 1854 with the Missouri-Kansas border conflict and its aftermath that lasted well into the Jesse James outlaw period of the 1870s, visitors who are interested in visiting Civil War sites in Missouri have quite a few to choose from. In fact, Missouri saw more battles & skirmishes than any state except Virginia and Tennessee. BBIM member inns provide a great way to tour our Civil War heritage. The 1861 Battle of Wilson’s Creek is commemorated near Springfield, where several member inns can provide more directions. Another well-known battle, Pilot Knob, was fought in the Arcadia Valley near member inns in Ironton and Arcadia. The 3-day Battle of Westport involved most of the Greater Kansas City area, and the ‘Battle of Hemp Bales’ was fought at nearby Lexington. Local BBIM-member inns can provide information on many other lesser-known Missouri Civil War battle sites, as well as battle reenactments.
Traditionally encompassing the lower Missouri Valley, our wine country has now grown to encompass many areas of the state. Famous wineries in Hermann, Washington and Augusta include Stone Hill, Hermanhof, Adam Puchta, Augusta, Montelle, Mount Pleasant, Bias, and Robler. St. James boasts the award-wining St. James Winery. The Les Bourgeois Vineyard in Rocheport offers a beautiful view overlooking the Missouri River. The Ste. Genevieve area now boasts several wineries, including Charleville and Chaumette. New wineries in St. Charles, Jefferson City, and Weston add to Missouri’s diversity. Lesser-known wineries can be found throughout the state. The Bed & Breakfast Inns of Missouri would like to invite you to visit our member bed and breakfasts that are a part of this growing wine country. These B&Bs provide the perfect home base for lodging while you tour the local wineries and vineyards. Whether you are planning a romantic getaway for two or a girls’ getaway for a group, we are sure you will have a memorable vacation that will bring you back again and again.
Two Amtrak routes serve Missouri. 4 trains daily run between Kansas City and St. Louis, and BBIM member inns are near each of the stops – many offer free pick-up from the station. Cities served include Kansas City, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Warrensburg, Sedalia, Jefferson City, Hermann, Washington, Kirkwood & St. Louis. From Jefferson City to Washington, the route runs next to the Missouri River. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief stops halfway between Macon & Kirksville and in Kansas City, each with member inns.
The Mother Road is calling you to Missouri! Take a nostalgic trip and see our state from a unique perspective. Much of Historic Route 66 is still preserved in Missouri, paralleling I-44. Take the path less traveled, and stay at these Bed & Breakfast Inns of Missouri as you go. From St. Louis, B&B stops along the Mother Road can be found at St. James, Rolla, Marshfield, Springfield, Carthage & Joplin. August 1-3, 2013, Joplin will be the host city for the Route 66 International Festival, where you can join other road trippers in activities designed to celebrate the important role this road has played in American culture. While getting your kicks on Route 66, choose lodging at our local inns. Our innkeepers will provide comfortable accommodations, downhome hospitality, and information to help you discover the hidden gems that will make your journey on the Main Street of America unforgettable.
The Lewis and Clark Trail crosses the entire state of Missouri, preserving an important portion of our Nation’s history. Various stops by the famous explorers are commemorated along the Missouri River, from St. Charles to Missouri’s northwest border. Member inns along the Lewis & Clark Trail are located in St. Louis, St. Charles, Defiance, Augusta, Dutzow, Marthasville, Washington, Hermann, Morrison, Chamois, Bonnot’s Mill, Jefferson City, Rocheport, Boonville-New Franklin, Lexington, Liberty, Independence, Kansas City, Parkville and Weston. The Bed and Breakfast Inns of Missouri invite you to enjoy our member inns that are located along the beautiful Missouri countryside that was covered by this expedition.
There is a member inn for your Katy Trail MO lodging that is located along the route. Missouri’s Katy Trail State Park (formerly the MKT rail line) is the nation’s longest Rails to Trails conversion, reaching from St. Charles to Clinton. Much of the route runs beside the Missouri River. B&Bs offer a great place to stop when biking, hiking, or running on the trail. Horseback riding is also allowed on a 25 mile section. Many inns will pick up and deliver trekkers to a nearby trailhead. BBIM member inns at Sedalia, Boonville-New Franklin and Rocheport are close to the route. A side trail leads into Columbia, and trailheads are located just across the Missouri River from Jefferson City, Hermann & Washington. In the eastern section, inns are located near the trail in Marthasville, Dutzow, Augusta & Defiance, as well as the eastern terminus, St. Charles.
U.S. Route 36 in Missouri runs from the Pony Express Bridge over the Missouri River in St. Joseph to the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River in Hannibal and parallels the route of the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad. It connects Illinois to the outskirts of Kansas City. The area shaped the childhoods of a remarkable number of notable Americans: Mark Twain, whose boyhood home in Hannibal along the Mississippi River figured in many of his novels; Walt Disney who was born in Marceline, where there is a small museum; and retailer J.C. Penney who was born in Hamilton. Hamilton is now home to The Missouri Star Quilt Company which has grown to offer the largest selection of precut quilting fabrics in the world, has 12 quilt shops right on main street—each featuring a different fabric theme and is the biggest quilting channel on YouTube boasting half a million subscribers.