There are so many people that are planning a cross-country road trip in America this summer, and if you are one of those people, take another look at your list. Is Missouri on that list of yours? Because if it isn’t, then you should get it written down right now. When you want to ensure that you hit a truly unique place that is filled with historical landmarks and natural beauty, Missouri should be in your top 5. There is a culture here that you won’t find in many other places and for travellers it’s an absolute hidden gem.
A road trip should consist of natural springs, rolling hills, historical and literary sites and Missouri has all of these in spades. It’s not just these attractions, either, because Missouri also has many wineries, all of which have a wine tasting room for you and your friends to indulge in some of the finest flavours. When you’re done sipping on some authentic wines, you can head to some of the delicious restaurants and try some of the southern food that everyone else raves about. There are plenty of places to visit in Missouri, and some of these will influence how you arrange your road trip this summer:
Summer travellers looking to indulge in a little history will love to visit the National World War I Museum based here in Kansas City. There are also 33 other museums worth visiting in the state. The Missouri summers are known to be roasting, but not to worry – there are over 200 fountains that you can visit and cool your heels in. There’s no way that Kansas City shouldn’t be on your list.
The Ozark Mountains
Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts who love to get their senses heightened by the sheer beauty of the elements will feel at home here. Biking, canoeing, camping and kayaking are just a few of the outdoor activities that you can indulge in here. When you’re done soaking up the summer sun, head to Silver Dollar City and ride the rollercoasters until you throw up. It’s all about balance.
There is so much to see in Missouri’s Arcadia Valley, including state parks and historical sites that are the most beautiful places to visit in the state. Elephant Rock state park has some of the biggest and most exciting rocks to climb on in the summer which are – quite literally – the size of elephants!
There are dozens of wineries that you can choose to visit while you’re on your trip, and there are blackberry wines to try that are deliciously tart and wonderfully refreshing on a hot day. Don’t take my word for it, though, go and try it for yourself.
Missouri isn’t always on the top of the list for those looking to explore, and I just can’t imagine why not. There is so much to see and do that you will be spoilt for choice for your road trip this year.