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Many nearby towns hold annual carnivals and festivals. It’s best to explore a reliable website such as the official tourism site for the state of Missouri, www.visitmo.com.

BATTLE OF LEXINGTON STATE HISTORIC SITE AND ANDERSON HOUSE

It was once called “the largest and best arranged dwelling house west of St. Louis.”

Today, Oliver Anderson’s mansion is best known for the three bloody days in 1861 when it was a fiercely contested prize in a Civil War battle between the Union Army and the Missouri State Guard.

It is restored and furnished in the mid-19th-century fashion yet still displays damage from the shot and shell that hammered it during the Battle of Lexington. The house changed hands three times, and soldiers met their deaths in the downstairs hallway.

The battlefield is quiet now, and restored gardens and orchards dot the landscape. However, the remnants of the trenches can still be seen, and the graves of unknown Union dead echo a time that was less peaceful.

Exhibits at the visitor center tell the story of the battle that lifted Southern spirits and made Unionists in the struggle for Missouri think twice about whether they could hold the state. Interpreters conduct guided tours of the battlefield and the 1853 Anderson House.

1101 Delaware St.
Lexington, MO 64067

Commercial 660-259-4654

https://mostateparks.com/park/battle-lexington-state-historic-site

CAVES

With so many Missouri attractions above ground, visitors often don’t realize all the fascinating destinations beneath the earth’s surface. More than 6,000 caves tunnel underneath Missouri, which is aptly called the “Cave State.” Thousands of years combined with seeping water have formed fantastic mineral creations, showcasing exquisite design. From towering columns to intricately woven draperies of rock, the caves will captivate explorers of all ages.

Visitors venturing to step below the surface can explore the sparkling natural wonders of Missouri caves. Some are famous in history or legend, including the cave in “Tom Sawyer,” the hideout for outlaw Jesse James and the cave with the record for the most underground weddings.

www.missouricaves.com

GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER NATIONAL MONUMENT

George Washington Carver triumphed over slavery and went on to achieve greatness as a scientist and educator. Through research, he developed more than 300 byproducts from the peanut and the sweet potato and was a longtime professor at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. The George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond is a 210-acre site commemorating his birthplace with a statue, museum, walking trail and more. While there, visit the 1881 historic Moses Carver house and the Carver family cemetery.

5646 Carver Road
Diamond, MO 64840

Commercial 417-325-4151

www.nps.gov/gwca

KATY TRAIL

Built along the former corridor of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, the Katy Trail begins in Machens and ends in Clinton. The trail takes visitors through some of the most scenic areas of the state, offering views of towering bluffs, rolling hills and glistening rivers. Following the ambling trail across Missouri, nature lovers can enjoy a wide assortment of wildlife in its natural habitat. History buffs can delight in exploring the small towns that once thrived along the railroad corridor and step back in time as they travel between St. Charles and Boonville, an official segment of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

Communities along the trail offer a range of services to visitors. The trail is accessible to both mountain and road bikes as well as hikers. It is also open for equestrian use on the western section from the state fairgrounds in Sedalia to Clinton and in the midwestern section from Portland to Tebbetts.

Commercial 573-449-7402

https://mostateparks.com/park/katy-trail-state-park

KNOB NOSTER STATE PARK

Knob Noster State Park offers nature trails and areas for camping, picnicking and fishing. The park’s campground is open year-round. There are basic and electric hookup sites, a shower house, laundry facilities and a dump station.

873 SE 10th St.
Knob Noster, MO 65336

Commercial 660-563-2463

https://mostateparks.com/park/knob-noster-state-park

LAURA INGALLS WILDER HISTORIC HOME AND MUSEUM

Discover the inspiration behind the “Little House on the Prairie” at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum in Mansfield, where the author penned her popular books. There are two homes to tour: the farmhouse, which Laura and husband Almanzo built upon moving to Missouri in 1894, and the Rock House, which Rose (their daughter) had built for them in 1928. The museum contains artifacts including Pa’s fiddle, hand­written manuscripts of some of the “Little House” books, keepsakes of the Ingalls and Wilder families, and many other items familiar to readers.

3060 Highway A
Mansfield, MO 65704

Commercial 877-924-7126

www.lauraingallswilderhome.com

LIBERTY CENTER

The Liberty Center Association for the Arts is the area center for performing and cultural arts. The center presents a variety of theater productions each year. The center is also home to gallery spaces, which host rotating art exhibits.

111 W. Fifth St.
Sedalia, MO 65301

Commercial 660-827-3228

www.lcaasedalia.com

MARK TWAIN SITES

The fun in Missouri continues at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum. Tour historic sites and see collections and exhibits from the town that inspired “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” The 15 original Norman Rockwell oil paintings and interactive exhibits are a fun and entertaining way to expand your Mark Twain experience.

At the Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site, see the two-room rented cabin where the author was born. The site also has first editions of many of his works, a handwritten manuscript of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and furnishings from Twain’s Connecticut home.

The Mark Twain Cave Complex is Missouri’s oldest show cave. The complex offers tours of the cave that was written about in five of Twain’s books.

Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site

37352 Shrine Road
Florida, MO 65283

Commercial 573-565-3449

https://mostateparks.com/park/mark-twain-birthplace-state-historic-site

Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

120 N. Main St.
Hannibal, MO 63401

Commercial 573-221-9010

www.marktwainmuseum.org

Mark Twain Cave Complex

300 Cave Hollow Road
Hannibal, MO 63401

Commercial 573-221-1656

www.marktwaincave.com

MISSOURI STATE FAIR

Combine blockbuster entertainers with a midway, livestock and horse shows, corn dogs and cotton candy, hundreds of exhibits and more than 350,000 people and what do you get? The Missouri State Fair! For 11 days each August, the event is the place to be. Its 400 acres of exhibit areas, more than 2,000-site campground and excellent facilities have become the mark of Sedalia.

2503 W. 16th St.
Sedalia, MO 65301

Commercial 800-422-3247

www.mostatefair.com

ROBERT WOOLERY SR. MEMORIAL POW WOW

For three days each July, this authentic, intertribal, American Indian gathering features Native American culture, dancing, food, and arts and crafts. It is held at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Plenty of parking and camping is available, as well as concessions.

2503 W. 16th St.
Sedalia, MO 65301

Commercial 800-422-3247

www.facebook.com/Robert-Woolery-Sr-Memorial-Pow-Wow-286601222675

MISSOURI TOWN 1855

This living history village and museum portrays the area’s way of life in the mid-1800s. See what a progressive farming community spread across some 30 sloping acres looked like in the 1800s. Missouri Town 1855 is composed of more than 25 buildings dating from 1820 to 1860. This living history museum uses original structures, furnishings and equipment, interpreters in period attire, authentic field and garden crops, and rare livestock breeds to depict the lifestyles found in the 19th century. Visit with professional living history interpreters on this self-guided tour.

8010 E. Park Road
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064

Commercial 816-229-8980

www.makeyourdayhere.com/213/Missouri-Town-1855

NATIONAL FRONTIER TRAILS MUSEUM

In the 1800s, thousands of wagons began a harrowing trek out West in Independence. Explore famous trails like the Santa Fe, Oregon and California at the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence. Begin your visit with an award-winning film on America’s westward expansion, then check out interpretive exhibits and artifacts, covered wagons, trail diaries and more.

318 W. Pacific Ave.
Independence, MO 64050

Commercial 816-325-7575

www.ci.independence.mo.us/nftm

OZARKS

The Ozarks are a physiographic, geologic and cultural highland region of the central United States. It covers much of the southern half of Missouri and an extensive area of northwest Arkansas. The region extends to the west into extreme southeast Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma. Although sometimes referred to as the Ozark Mountains, the region is a high and deeply dissected plateau. Geologically the area is a broad dome around the St. Francois Mountains. The Ozark Highland area, the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas and the Black Hills of South Dakota are the only major highland regions in the United States between the Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains.

The name derives from the French name for the Arkansas Indians (inhabitants of the area), who they called “Aux Arcs” and was Anglicized to “Ozarks.”

www.theozarktraveler.com.

HARRY S. TRUMAN LIBRARY & MUSEUM

The Harry S. Truman Library & Museum is one of 1,314 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The library contains 16 million pages of manuscript materials, including 6.5 million White House files, an audiovisual collection and a variety of printed materials, as well as books on Harry S. Truman. The library’s museum features various rotating exhibits, a mural painting by Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton and a reproduction of the Oval Office as it was during the Truman administration.

500 W. U.S. Highway 24
Independence, MO 64050

Commercial 816-268-8200

www.trumanlibrary.org

WALT DISNEY HOMETOWN ATTRACTIONS

Few know that some of the world’s most famous cartoons have their roots in Missouri. The hometown of Walt Disney features several attractions honoring the Marceline native. The Walt Disney Dreaming Tree and Barn, for example, is where Disney began to draw his vision as a boy. The hometown museum focuses on Walt and his family and includes personal artifacts, photographs, interpretive exhibits and more.

For an animation celebration, don’t miss the annual Toonfest each September. Internationally recognized cartoonists, animators and artists celebrate their craft, and you’ll enjoy a parade, a princess tea party, crafts, entertainment and great food.

City of Marceline

116 N. Main St. USA
Marceline, MO 64658

Commercial 660-376-3528

www.marcelinemo.us

Toonfest

207 N. Main St. USA
Marceline, MO 64658

Commercial 660-376-9258

www.toonfest.net

Walt Disney Hometown Museum

120 E. Santa Fe Ave.
Marceline, MO 64658

Commercial 660-376-3343

www.waltdisneymuseum.org

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