9 Lovely Little Lakes

Many of Missouri's smaller lakes rival the pleasures of our bigger, better-known lakes. Whether you favor a city setting or a country escape, you're sure to find something that strikes your fancy. These are just a few standouts.


Sail Away: Adventure Awaits on These Water Rides

You don't have to travel far to indulge in a luxury cruise. These companies are ready to whisk you away for an afternoon or evening of fun. Order a drink and take in the scenery from one of these beautiful riverboats, catamarans, or yachts.


From Disaster to Delight, the Story of Route 66 State Park

Years after catastrophe forced an entire town to evacuate, the area has been cleaned up and rebuilt as Route 66 State Park. For St. Louis County residents, it's a popular place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and reconnect with nature.


Scenic Rides and Drives: A Kid-Approved Road Trip

Pack some snacks and get everyone buckled in. This family-friendly excursion stretches from Hannibal to the Bootheel with five fun stops along the way. From wild animals to geological wonders to beloved literary figures, this trip has it all.


a marker at the birthplace of Harry S Truman

Scenic Rides and Drives: Rolling Down Jefferson Highway

The road is an endless source of wonder. Follow the path of this early highway for an adventure that will take you through historic homes, a depot museum, a Main Street district, and an unusual museum dedicated to small electrical appliances. 


At Don Robinson State Park, A Conservation Legacy

Once the personal retreat of an unconventional entrepreneur, Don Robinson State Park—one of the newest in Missouri's state park system—offers a unique geological diversity and is home to an array of rare and unusual plants.


Paddleboarding in the Show-Me State: Where, How, and Why

“Stand-up paddling is one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world,” says Don Dutton, owner of Going Coastal, a stand-up paddleboard retailer at the Lake of the Ozarks. “A decade ago, paddleboarding was virtually nonexistent in Missouri. In 2012, Going Coastal was the first company to sell paddleboards at the Lake of the Ozarks.”


At Castlewood State Park, a View Fit for Royalty

At Castlewood State Park, so named because of the rocky bluffs that give the appearance of a castle's fortress, visitors take in stunning views from limestone glades while adventuring over some thirty miles of wooded trail.


Scenic Rides and Drives: Marshall, MO

There's a lot to love in one short jaunt through the Missouri River Valley. This scenic ride takes motorists through an off-the-radar town that’s home to museums, music, a plethora of outdoor activities, and Missouri’s favorite wonder dog.


11 Country Stores and Where to Find Them

Feeling nostalgic? These country stores—which can carry anything from seeds and tools to artisanal groceries and handicrafts—might have what you're looking for. Stock up on supplies and sundries and get to know the communities these shops serve.