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Top Choice Monument in St Louis

Gateway Arch & Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

As a symbol for St Louis, the Arch has soared above any expectations its backers could have had in 1965 when it opened. The centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (a National Park Service property)…
Top Choice Park in St Louis

Forest Park

New York City may have Central Park, but St Louis has the bigger (by 528 acres) Forest Park. The superb, 1371-acre spread was the setting of the 1904 World's Fair. It's a beautiful place to escape to and is dotted w…
Top Choice Museum in Kansas City

National WWI Museum

Enter this impressive modern museum on a glass walkway over a field of red poppies, the symbol of the trench fighting. Through detailed and engaging displays, learn about a war that is almost forgotten by many Ameri…
Top Choice Jazz in Kansas City

Mutual Musicians Foundation

Near 18th and Vine in the Historic Jazz District, this former union hall for African American musicians has hosted after-hours jam sessions since 1930. Famous veteran musicians gig with young hotshots. It's friendly…
Top Choice Museum in St Louis

City Museum

Possibly the wildest highlight to any visit to St Louis is this frivolous, frilly fun house in a vast old shoe factory. The Museum of Mirth, Mystery & Mayhem sets the tone. Run, jump and explore all manner of ex…
Top Choice Vegan in Kansas City

Fud

A welcome alternative in a meat-mad city, cozy Fud specializes in reinterpreting American classics as organic, gluten-free vegan food. Try the jackfruit BBQ on sourdough or the mac 'n' cheese made with cashew cheese…
Top Choice American in Branson

Dobyns Dining Room

Located by College of the Ozarks (and staffed by its students), this is as close to fine dining as Branson gets. The setting is grand (think country chic), the prices are reasonable (particularly at lunch) and the s…
Top Choice Modern American in Kansas City

Bluestem

Multiple-award-winning Bluestem has a casual elegance that extends from the bar to the dining room. Many stop into this Westport star just for a fine cocktail and some of the small plates of exquisite snacks (the ch…
Top Choice Museum in Kansas City

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Giant badminton shuttlecocks (the building represents the net) surround this encyclopedic museum, which has standout European painting, photography and Asian art collections. With free entry, a gorgeous sculpture ga…
Top Choice Museum in Kansas City

College Basketball Experience

Really a gussied-up basketball hall of fame, this interactive (and entirely overstimulating) exhibition lets you try free throws or pretend you're an announcer calling them. It's connected to the glitzy Sprint Cente…