Magnificent, Majestic Missouri

When thinking of Missouri what do you Fort think of? I think of the St. Louis arch, Lake of the Ozarks, cows, farmland and plenty of greenery. Missouri is full of life from different colleges, Amish Cities, Farm land and city life. Missouri is also known as the “show me state”. People also put Missouri at times in the list of flyover states. Raise your hand if you have been to Missouri? Anyone? Missouri is so much more than just what I listed above and it truly is a wonderful state to visit. Below I will list my top 5 favorite cities to go to in Missouri. Although I have only listed 5 there are many more wonderful cities to go to in Missouri, which I will list after.

Top 5 cities to go to in Missouri:

1.) Kansas City

Kansas City is close to my hometown, so it is a city near and dear to my heart. There is a lot of fun things to do in the heart of Kansas City. From Arrowhead Stadium (where the Chiefs play), Kauffman Stadium (where the Royals play), The Sprint Center for concerts, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Union Station, Liberty Memorial and so much more. One of my favorite restaurants there is called Chai Shai, so if you ever go to Kansas City be sure to eat there. Kansas City is also known for the plaza which is a truly beautiful place to explore. I definitely and highly recommend this city.

2.) Branson

Branson is a fun town with so many different things to do. There is the Butterfly Palace, Talking Rocks Cavern, Silver Dollar City and so much more. This place has a lot of different places to shop, eat and stay. This city definitely takes more than a day to explore and do all that it has to offer.

3.) Lake Ozark

Lake of the Ozarks is in the city of Lake Ozark and a couple other cities. This lake is one of the most popular places to go in the summer for many Kansas and Missouri residents. I spent most of my Labor Day weekends at this lake and loved every minute of it. There is a lot to do all around the lake, many of which I have not seen or done. I recommend this as a summer destination or weekend getaway.

4.) Macon/Bevier

These are both really small towns in Missouri. My grandma and grandpa both live in or near these cities, so I have spent a lot of time in these towns. If you are ever find yourself near or in this town, I highly recommend going to Matt’s Market and getting one of his amazing sandwiches. He has a butcher shop where he makes these specialty sandwiches. They also have a train for show (as shown below). This city definitely gives you the small town feel, but they are both wonderful cities.

5.) St. Louis

This city is one of a kind and has the St. Louis Arch which is shown below. There is a lot to do and see in St. Louis. My husband and I spent roughly two hours there walking around exploring the city. We went to the arch, but expect long lines to be able to get up into the arch. Look into getting your tickets ahead of time. The arch is definitely a lot taller than you think it is. I highly recommend this city!

All 5 of these cities have special memories attached to them, which is why I listed them. There are many more wonderful cities to go to in Missouri. Each city has their own thing that makes it appealing and draws visitors in. Many of these cities are actual towns, but some are farm towns or Amish cities that are even more interesting to see (I grew up in the city so I find farm towns interesting). I grew up about 15 to 20 minutes from Kansas City, Missouri so I have spent a lot of time in Missouri. This state has more to offer than just corn fields I promise you. Below I have listed some other cities that are wonderful to visit and see in Missouri.

These cities include: Springfield, Columbia, Jefferson City, Independence, Joplin, St. Joseph, Lee’s Summit, Saint Joseph, Sedalia, Liberty, Warrensburg, Kirksville and so many more. Many of these cities are college towns, farm towns and much more.

Missouri is truly one of a kind and has plenty to offer and see. I still have so many different places in Missouri that I would love to go back and explore at some point. Stay tuned tomorrow to get a rewind on my 2017 and a fast forward to my 2018. I will share then what I have in store for next week.

See you soon!

Xoxo,

Ariel

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86 comments
  1. Thanks for sharing, until today, I did not know much about Missouri. The pictures are beautiful.

    1. You are welcome! I hope you learned some! Thank you for your wonderful comment.

  2. Oh man, I’ve definitely been in Missouri. And the Jayhawk in me cringes at it 🙂 Kansas City is a great city, often overlooked but awesome BBQ, jazz, fountains, and more!

    1. I’m guessing you are from Kansas if you are a Jayhawks fan? I’m from Kansas if you are, small world! I went to KU for school, how neat! Kansas City is definitely overlooked I will agree with you there! I love all the BBQ, jazz and fountains. There is so much to Missouri that many do not know about.

  3. I have never been to Missouri. It’s not very close for a road trip but it’s doable. I love that giant birdie.

    1. I hope you get to go one day, it definitely is one of a kind. The birdie is at Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, it is probably the most famous piece there. Thank you for your wonderful comment, I really appreciate it.

  4. I had a great time in St. Louis, but I really want to make it to Branson some time! I love how it markets itself. 🙂

    1. Branson definitely markets itself, I will agree with you there. There is always something to do there and a new place to eat or stay. I hope to go back sometime soon, I miss it. I hope you get to make it to Branson sometime. Thank you for your wonderful comment!

  5. I haven;t been to Missouri in years, I used to live in Iowa and we would make the trip quite often!

    1. That’s so neat you lived in Iowa, I’m from Kansas so I definitely get making the trip there often. Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it.

  6. I honestly know next to nothing about Missouri so I love this post. The pictures are great and you actually made me look forward to visiting one day!

    1. Not many people do, which is always different to me because I basically grew up there. I am glad I could teach you about Missouri! Thank you for the compliments and comment, I really appreciate it. I hope you do get to visit one day.

  7. This looks like such a fabulous place to visit! I love your photographs!

    1. I definitely believe it is, there is always something to do in every town! Thank you for your sweet compliment, I really appreciate it.

  8. I’ve never been to Missouri 🙁 I’m a huge architecture geek, and those buildings really do look super cool! I wish to visit soon – sounds like a super fun time 😉

    1. I hope you do get to visit Missouri one day. If you love architecture, you would love the plaza, union station, Liberty Memorial and Kansas City skyline. Definitely all so pretty and neat. Thank you for your wonderful feedback, I really appreciate it!

  9. Branson talking rock caves looks great – I have just done some caving at the weekend and loved it. Also I would love to visit Kansas City x

    1. Which cave did you go to? Caves are something I love to explore and go to. They are each different and neat in their own way. If you look closely at the picture I put up there is actually a Christmas tree lit up hanging upside down. It is so neat when they turn off all the lights in the cave except for that. I hope you get to visit someday. Thank you for your wonderful feedback!

      1. We did speedwell cavern and peak cavern 🙂 x

        1. I am going to have to check those out. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Love the photos! Missouri is such a lovely place, definitely worth the visit. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for the compliment. I definitely think Missouri has something to offer for everyone.

  11. Wow that arch looked magnificent! Missouri seemed to be an interesting place to visit, alot of places to visit to.

    1. The arch is beyond neat! I definitely was amazed by it, you can see it for miles! Missouri is definitely neat and always has something to do in each town you visit. Hope you get to go one day! Thank you for your wonderful comment, I really appreciate it!

  12. I actually think that we overlook so many towns because it’s not part of the “big” travel things. But smaller cities have so much to offer and can be so fun to explore. I had all of these places on my list except for Branson, the butterfly place sounds amazing!

    1. I definitely agree with you there. Many of the states such as Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and etc get overlooked because they are not big travel places. But that’s why I decide to share about them because they all have amazing things to offer. Branson is so neat! I hope you get to go one day, the butterfly palace is beyond amazing. I loved my entire time there.

  13. I have never been to Missouri but one day I’d love to go!!

    1. Surprisingly many people have not unless you live in the Midwest, which is what I am learning. I hope you do get to go someday, it really is an amazing place to go.

  14. This looks like such fun! NFL games are always a blast to go to!

    1. Missouri really is! I just went to my first game this Christmas Eve, it was definitely a blast but way to cold! Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it.

  15. Looks like a beautiful place to visit. It seems like a nice, relaxing type of environment!

    1. Missouri definitely is relaxing but there is always something neat to do in each town you visit. I hope you get to visit one day. Thank you for your wonderful comment, I really appreciate it.

  16. This is so cool! I didn’t know anything about Missouri before this! I only associated Kansas with Clark Kent and Dorothy, but it really sounds like a cool destination! I would LOVE to go to the butterfly palace! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I am glad I could teach you some things about Missouri. Kansas and Missouri are definitely similar, but much different in their own ways. Oh Clark Kent and Dorothy, they definitely showed a different side to Kansas which is why most people think Kansas is all farmland (which it isn’t haha). The butterfly place is truly amazing, I had so much fun while I was there and got so many neat pictures. I even had a couple land on me, I hear that is good luck. You are welcome, thank you for your wonderful comment!

  17. I’ve never been to any part of America but I would love to one day, Missouri looks like an amazing place to explore. I’d never heard of the St. Luis Arch before but it looks very impressive!

    1. I hope you get to visit America one day, there definitely is a lot to see and do here. The Arch is super impressive, I am always amazed every time I see a different picture of it. Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it.

  18. I have never been to Missouri but it does look incredible! I am definitely keeping this for our next trip to the USA so we make sure we don’t miss anything 🙂

    1. I hope you have an incredible trip to the USA next year. There is definitely so much to do and see. If you have any questions or need advice let me know, I would definitely love to help out. Thank you for your wonderful feedback! I really appreciate it.

  19. Wow that is awesome! I’ve been to St.Louis but really want to visit the other places you mentioned now. Loves the pics you shared

    1. Thank you so much for your compliment and comment, I really appreciate it. I hope you get to go back soon.

  20. I have never been to Missouri. However, your pictures make it look so beautiful!

    1. I hope you get to go sometime, it truly is beautiful! Thank you for your comment and compliment. I really appreciate it.

  21. I have been to St. Louis and quite liked the city. It had a great vibe and charm about it. Hope to visit the state again soon.

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    1. St Louis definitely is a great city with good vibes and charm. I love how you put that. I hope you get to visit the state as well soon. Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it.

  22. Wow! I had no idea all of that was there! I have heard of Lake Ozark though and I think that would be an incredible place to visit!

    1. The lake of the Ozarks is totally beautiful. I would love to go back and see more of it. I hope you get to go one day. Thank you for your comment.

  23. I’ve never been to America but Kansas andSt Louis have always been on my wish list of places to go!

    1. I hope you get to go to America one day, it truly is beautiful. There is so much to see and do. Thank you for your comment.

  24. I would not mind taking a road trip to Missouri! Sounds like it was well worth your while and that you’d love to go back again!

    1. I definitely believe it is! I hope you get to go one day. Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it.

  25. So much to see and experience in Missouri. I doubt if I will be able to go there but really loved the glimpses of the city.

    1. There definitely is, if you ever get the chance I definitely recommend it. But I am glad you loved the glimpses of the city. Thank you very much for your comment, I really appreciate it.

  26. Wow! Was that a giant shuttlecock? I have never been to Missouri so this is a great list to revert to when the time is right!

    1. Yes it is a giant shuttlecock. It is what the Art Museum is best known for. I hope you get to go to Missouri one day, thank you so much for your comment. I really appreciate it.

  27. I was born and raised in a small farm town an hour and a half south of KC. I definitely think you highlighted the best parts of the state.

    1. That’s so neat that you were born and raised close to KC. Thank you for saying I highlights some of the best parts of the state, I really appreciate that. I did leave off Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun.

  28. You are so talented, you have amazing pictures. I havent fly over Missouri but for sure I will; its truly an amazing place to go to. Also, I felt in love with the idea of visiting the butterfly palace! <3 thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you very much for your sweet compliment. The butterfly place is so neat, I definitely enjoyed my time there. You are welcome, thank you for the wonderful compliment.

  29. I have never been to Missouri except to drive thru it. Looks beautiful!! Love all the things you talked about makes me want to have a actual visit instead of just driving thru

    1. I definitely think Missouri is beautiful and has plenty to offer. I hope one day you get to go. Thank you for your wonderful comment, I really appreciate it.

  30. Missouri is the home state of my in-laws. My hubby always take me exploring where ever we visit.nice picture. Looking forward to your rewind of 2017.

    1. That’s awesome, it’s so nice to see people from the Midwest. Thank you. I hope you have a wonderful 2018.

  31. I’ve been to Missouri quite a few times, my husband parents grew up in Cape Girardeau, MO, and his dad’s mom still lives there. We visit about once per year. When we lived in Florida we would fly into STL and drive down, but now that we are in Texas it’s easier to just drive there. My husband has been a STL Cardinals fan his whole life, so in a few years, when the boys are a little older, we want to go to a game there when we are visiting with his family.

    1. I have heard a lot about that town but never been there. That’s so neat that you still have ties to Missouri! I’m jealous you live in Texas! I love Texas, hopefully it is warmer there than where I am. Thank you for sharing your story and for your wonderful comment. I really appreciate it!

      1. It’s a neat town. We take the boys down to the train tracks and to the river, which they love! The town is on my weather app since we go, and I would not be able to handle the weather. 36 and raining, it’s 60 and raining here and I hate it! I’m from South Florida, it’s in the 70s there, that’s my kind of weather!

        1. I will have to go there then. I would love to have that weather right now, I am ready for spring and summer for sure.

  32. I’ve only ever been to the Kansas City part of missouri before, haven’t really gotten a chance to explore. Maybe I’ll check out some other places next time I visit my aunt.

    1. I hope you do get to explore, it is definitely a neat city and state! Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it.

  33. I’ve never been to Missouri but it looks like there’s so much to see and do! Adding it to my list.

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    1. There definitely is! I hope you get to go one day. Thank you so much for your comment.

  34. I love Branson! I went on a band trip when I was a child and I just loved everything abt the city. Bring it in California, I loved how I could actually experience real weather in another state

    1. That’s so neat! Branson is a really cool city, I’m glad you got to go and experience it. Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it.

  35. I have never been to Missouri before. Seems like a great place to explore. I will check the details of this place.

    1. I hope you get a chance to go sometime. It is a really great place. Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it.

  36. I have never been to Missouri, thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures, it looks like a great place to visit.

    1. I hope you get to go sometime, it really is a beautiful place. Thank you for your comment and compliment, I really appreciate them!

  37. I’ve heard great things about Lake Ozark. It looks like a beautiful place to visit. Maybe I’ll actually make it there someday!

    1. Lake of the Ozarks are beautiful! I hope you get to go one day, it is quite the view. Thank you for your comment.

  38. I actually was able to visit Branson when I was on a High School Field Trip to the mid west. It was so much fun! I remember going to see Glen Campbell perform and some place that had musical fountains. Thank you for reminding of that beautiful place.

    1. That’s so neat that you got to go to Branson in high school. Glen Campbell would be a wonderful person to see in concert. You are welcome for reminding you, I’m glad I could bring back memories. Thank you for sharing your story and for the wonderful comment. I really appreciate it!

  39. I have never been to Missouri, but looks like a lovely place. You’ve clicked such beautiful pictures. Especially loved the butterfly. Not easy to capture one 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful compliment and comment. Butterflies definitely are not easy to capture, I like to think they posed for me. I hope you get to go one day, it is an amazing place.

  40. What a great guide, I hope I will visit Missouri one day and I’ll definitaley visit all of these places. Can’t wait for more posts like these!

    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback, I really appreciate it. I hope you get to go to Missouri one day as well. It truly is a wonderful and beautiful place.

  41. I am planning to visit my friend in Missouri and feel and to experience the beautiful ambiance of this place. and it seems you really had a great time there in Missouri.

    1. I definitely had wonderful times in Missouri. I hope you do as well, it is a wonderful place to visit. I hope you have a great time visiting your friend. Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it.

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