Missouri embodies the natural beauty and diversity of the American Midwest, with the vast Northern Plains, large rivers and the Ozark Mountains as its scenic backdrop. Its 2 major cities, Kansas City and St. Louis, are great as urban bases for enjoying this all – they’re also interestingly worlds apart, each culturally different and offering their own unique sets of appeals.

    St. Louis is culturally diverse and proud of its frontier heritage. If you’re a fan of good old American music and cuisine, Kansas City – ‘The Paris of the Plains’ – is an ideal choice. Columbia, a college town, is also known as ‘The Athens of Missouri’ for its classical architecture. In Branson, you’re treated to big shows and the great outdoors as well rustic finds and southern fashion.

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