Missouri likes to mix things up; serving visitors ample portions of both sophisticated city life and splendid country sights. Home of the Great Plains’ two largest cities (St Louis and Kansas City) this is the region’s most densely populated state. But, with more forest and less farm field than the others, it also cradles plenty of wild places and wide-open spaces, most notably the rolling Ozark Mountains where the winding valleys invite adventurous exploring or just some laid-back meandering behind the steering wheel. And, if you happen to tire of culture and nature and suddenly develop the urge to see Yakov Smirnoff and eat a funnel cake, then Branson awaits.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009