Visiting Southern Missouri – What Is There to See? (1)

    3/28/18 •

    Some people only know Missouri for two cities — St. Louis and Kansas City. Yet there is a lot more to Missouri than those two places. The southern section of the state has many attractions, both with interesting towns, and stunning natural sights. Here’s a look at some of what the southern part of Missouri

    Missouri Hick Bar-B-Q near Cuba in Missouri: Tasty Platters of Meat Await

    12/11/15 •

    …recommend Missouri Hick! Cuba is where State Highway 19 meets I-44 (Exit 208) in east-central Missouri, about 75 miles southwest of downtown St. Louis. Missouri Hick (913 E. Washington St.; 1-573-885-6791) is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday; open an hour later on Friday through Saturday and closed Monday….

    Missouri's DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge: 200,000 Artifacts on Display

    11/02/16 •

    The cargo of the sunken paddle-wheel steamboat Bertrand, on display at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge near Missouri Valley, Iowa, provides a fascinating snapshot of life in the steamboat era. The Bertrand sank 20 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska on April 1, 1865, while heading up the Missouri River to newly discovered gold fields in…

    American National Fish and Wildlife Museum in Springfield, Missouri

    5/21/20 •

    The American National Fish and Wildlife Museum was the main reason we decided to take a short vacation to Springfield, Missouri. This impressive attraction is as fun as it is educational. We couldn’t believe the wide range of interactive exhibits packed into two floors, including a large aquarium… a walk through a forest… a bobcat…

    Clark County Mule Festival in Missouri: Mule Polo Does Indeed Exist

    8/02/18 •

    Festivals don’t come much funnier than the Clark County Mule Festival outside tiny Kahoka, Missouri. Organizers entice the notoriously stubborn critters to compete in any number of games and contests, like mule polo, musical tires and the famous pantyhose, coon hunter and Dolly Parton races! You can bring your own horse or mule to join…

    Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Missouri: Hikes Include Bridges, Tunnels, Caverns, and Sinkholes

    12/18/20 •

    …only the walls remain. You can hike or drive to the ruins, where the view of the lake and spring is breathtaking. A visit here is truly a memorable experience! Ha Ha Tonka State Park is in south-central Missouri, south of U.S. Highway 54 and Lake of the Ozarks and 30 miles north of Lebanon….

    Hiking, Fishing, and Boating at Niobrara State Park, Nebraska

    8/17/20 •

    …the Missouri and Niobrara Rivers, the park provides everything an outdoor lover could want: 14 miles of hiking trails, fishing, swimming, boat ramps, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. The park lies between the Missouri River and the intersection of State Highways 12 and 14, just northwest of the town of Niobrara. It includes 119 campsites…

    5 Picture-Perfect Towns Lost in Time

    8/28/20 •

    …to the Museum of Missouri, the State of Montana’s Museum of the Northern Great Plains, and The Montana Agricultural Center. Old Fort Benton and Homestead Village offer immersive looks into the history of the area. The Fort has rooms filled with period pieces. Homestead Village takes you back to a 1900s community complete with a…

    George Rogers Clark Memorial in Indiana

    10/11/17 •

    As we meandered along backroads to Missouri, my husband and I found a classic monument in Vincennes, Indiana — the George Rogers Clark Memorial. In the visitor center, we watched an excellent 30-minute video that explained Colonel Clark was the older brother of famed explorer William Clark (of Lewis and Clark fame). He helped end…

    Rogers, Arkansas: Admire Turn-of-the-Century Architecture

    10/03/22 •

    …day of leisurely shopping or a perfect spot to explore nature’s wonders, you can find it all right here. If You Visit… Rogers is on U.S. Highway 71, 204 miles northwest of Little Rock, just south of the Missouri-Arkansas line. For information about lodging and other area attractions, check out the Chamber of Commerce, call…

    Daisy Airgun Museum in Rogers, Arkansas

    11/06/18 •

    …competition rifles. We came home with two Buck BB guns for our sons, so they can start making their own memories. Rogers is on U.S. Highway 71, about 20 miles north of Fayetteville, just south of the Missouri state line. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For details,…

    Columbus-Belmont State Park in Kentucky: A Little-Known Bit of Civil War History

    4/29/21 •

    I found a little-known bit of Civil War history at Columbus-Belmont State Park, atop a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in Kentucky. In an effort to stop Union ships, Confederate troops here stretched a huge chain across the river, anchored on each side by massive earthworks in Columbus, Kentucky and Belmont, Missouri. The river’s strong…

    Giant Springs State Park, Montana: One of the Largest Freshwater Springs in the World

    4/09/21 •

    …spring (above right) is beautiful, as is this entire area. The spring empties into the Roe River, which runs only 201 feet before flowing into the mighty Missouri River. That makes the Roe the world’s shortest river–it’s in the Guinness Book of Records. The 25,000-square-foot Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center, which is…