The town is a very popular vacation place in Missouri during the three big annual events held here. Wurstfest is held at the end of March and celebrates the art of German sausagemaking. Maifest is a traditional German spring festival held in May. The celebrations feature parades, Maypole dances, arts & crafts and plenty of German music & food. Then in October is the ever popular Oktoberfest with more German style food, music and fun.
There are several museums and historic sites of interest. The area here is also known for its award winning wineries. Two of the best for wine touring are Hermannof Vineyards and Winery and the Stone Hill Winery.
For an upscale place to stay with views overlooking the Missouri River, try the cottages at the Hermann Hill Inn and Vineyard. Hermann is a fun vacation idea for anyone interested in German culture or just a relaxing getaway spot in a small town atmosphere.
The Missouri History Museum has a huge variety of state-of-the-art, interactive and informative exhibits that feature persons and events that are important contributors to the city’s culture and growth; such as the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh and the 1904 World’s Fair.
Missouri Botanical Garden is 79 acres of natural beauty featuring the colors and smells of the spectacular array of flowers and plants. Bring the family for a picnic and enjoy the sounds of the summer jazz festival. For more museum fun in St. Louis, check out the Museum of Westward Expansion and the Museum of Transportation.
Every member of the family will have an awesome experience at the St. Louis Science Center. They’ve got some wonderful entertainment with a top notch planetarium, IMAX Theater and loads of cool science related exhibits to enjoy.
But besides parades, hog & steer auctions and the great rodeo events, the American Royal Rodeo is famous for four day long food festival featuring the best and biggest barbeque contest you will find anywhere.
Several thousand people compete every year to be the Grand Champion winner American Royal World Series of Barbecue Open Contest. The variety of barbeque styles and tastes is something than every barbeque fan should experience.
There are several nice historic sites, many historic homes, and a shopping gallery featuring top wildlife artists and take a tour of the wine region. A few of the excellent places to stay are the Victorian –era Southern Hotel, Main Street Inn B&B and the Inn St. Gemme Beauvais.
Along the way you will encounter all the beauty of the Ozark Mountains with streams, waterfalls, forests and plenty of wildlife. A good starting point would be to visit oazarktrail.com. They have a lot of great info about where and how to access the trail.
There are several companies that offer shuttle services for parts of the trail. This can be very convenient way to return to your base after travelling a long section of the trail. They also offer various options from camping, cabin rentals and canoeing. Four of these companies are the Ozark Outdoors Riverfront Resort, Bass River resort, Bushy Creek Lodge & Resort and Richard’s Canoe Rental.