The gateway to the West

Smack dab in the center of the nation, Missouri offers a moderate climate and warm hospitality year-round. You can enjoy it all while in the big cities: Visit the stunning Gateway Arch in St. Louis or go to a NASCAR race at the Kansas City Speedway. But plan on also spending some time outside the cities, where you can walk in the footsteps of U.S. historical figures like explorers Lewis and Clark, explore a growing wine region and some of the nation’s best trails.

A popular hiking destination, Missouri is home to 230 diverse state park trails like Katy Trail State Park, which features over 380 kilometers of railway converted for running, walking, biking and hiking. For something a little wetter, visit Table Rock Lake or Lake of the Ozarks state parks for boating and swimming. Thanks to the temperate climate in Missouri, it’s become a popular and successful wine-growing region, with more than 120 local wineries and 10 wine trails.