Winter 2004 CSANews Issue 53  |  Posted date : May 16, 2007.Back to list

Our quaint communities boast of Midwestern American charm. Jamesport in northwest Missouri celebrates the quiet Amish lifestyle, while Ste. Genevieve in southeast Missouri is proud of its heritage as Missouri's first permanent settlement. Missouri's picturesque communities look forward to sharing their stories with you.

In your history books, you've read about Missouri...Lewis and Clark, Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, Scott Joplin, Laura Ingalls Wilder and so many others. So why not come to Missouri to relive their history? Experience living history at Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder's home in Mansfield, Missouri or capture the pioneer spirit by visiting one of the many attractions paying homage to explorers Lewis and Clark. These explorers began their journey from the banks of the Missouri River in St. Charles, which is also home to the new Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Missouri's first state capital. Music fans will not want to miss a visit to Scott Joplin's home in St. Louis or the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia. Why not be a kid again and stop by the Annual Tom Sawyer Days in Hannibal? Don't miss the Mark Twain Home and Museum or Becky Thatcher's House.

Much of Missouri's appeal lies in the history and pioneer spirit. In many ways, Missouri tells the story of the westward expansion and American life in the 19th century through our numerous, well-preserved historic towns and sites. Home to both the famous and infamous, Missouri takes pride in carefully maintaining a link to the past. Fans of old westerns will not want to miss the legend of Jesse James. Visit the Jesse James Farm and Museum in Kearney, and see where he met his demise at the Jesse James Home in St. Joseph. While in St. Joseph, stop in at the Pony Express Museum and learn more about the strong-willed boys who carried the mail from St. Joseph to Sacramento, California for the 18 months during which the Express operated.

For a "hands-on" step back in time, visit Branson's Silver Dollar City – an 1880s America where you'll experience a spirited celebration of crafts and wholesome family fun around every corner. With 17 thrilling rides and attractions, 4 fantastic festivals, 60 unique shops and restaurants, and 50 entertaining shows each day, Silver Dollar City is an award-winning theme park that truly appeals to kids of all ages.

No visit to Missouri is complete without spending a few days in Branson, the home of "Real American Entertainment." With more than 100 shows a day, ranging from magic, comedy and gospel shows to the classic music of Andy Williams, there are more choices than you will have time to enjoy!

For more information on Missouri or to request your Missouri travel kit, visit www.VisitMO.ca or call 1-800-428-7471.