Missouri Vacation Spots

Missouri Vacation Spots #1:

Hermann, Missouri is a quiet small town about an hour drive west of St. Louis. Founded in 1836 by Germans from Philadelphia, Hermann today invites visitors to join in celebrating their thriving German culture and heritage.

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.

Missouri Vacation Spots #2:

The Missouri Botanical Garden and the Missouri History Museum are two reasons that St. Louis is one of the more popular vacation ideas in Missouri. Both of these are fun and interesting places to visit.

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.

Missouri Vacation Spots #3:

Head out for a vacation getaway to Kansas City, Missouri and experience the American Royal Rodeo. This huge event has been held every fall since 1899 so it’s an integral part of St. Louis culture. This is one of the top rodeos in the country. You can see some excellent horse shoes including Arabian, Cutting, Hunter/Jumper, Quarter Horse and Saddle Horse Shows. The rodeo contests include everything from steer wrestling and barrel racing to bull riding and bareback riding.

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.

Missouri Vacation Spots #4:

For a vacation idea that embodies the small town Midwestern experience, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. The quiet streets, the old French Colonial buildings, and the historic downtown – they all make Ste. Genevieve an attractive vacation spot. Good times to visit are during the mid-December Country Christmas Walk and the mid-August celebration of the town’s French heritage, Jour de Fete.

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.

Missouri Vacation Spots #5:

In Southeast Missouri, the Ozark Trail offers outdoor enthusiasts a place for hiking, backpacking, canoeing, biking and horseback riding. The whole Ozark Trail runs some 350 miles and it is made up of 13 sections ranging from 10 to 40 miles in length. There’s a wide variety of terrain so the trail can accommodate everything from short walks to backpacking camping trips.

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.

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