Sonic Summer Nights combines cars and nostalgia

A week before the first Sonic Summer Nights event in Versailles, organizer Travis Kurtz guessed there might be “forty to fifty, or as many as seventy-five” vehicles in the kickoff event, which also doubled as the Darrell Bias Memorial Cruise. You could say Travis was a tad bit off –on his estimate.


K.C. City Scout: Explore the Golden Age

Gatsby Days is a highlight of arts and culture in Kansas City. Bank robbery reenactments, live jazz, poetry readings, window displays, a fashion walk, escape room games, and more allow you to explore the culture and history of the Golden Age at this annual event in downtown Excelsior Springs.


Historic Downtown Parkville Is Abuzz With Midwest Vibes

Historic Downtown Parkville may be one of the Kansas City area’s best kept secrets. Located fifteen minutes northwest of downtown Kansas City and fifteen minutes south of the Kansas City airport, downtown Parkville offers local dining, shopping, and scenic parks with miles of walking trails set alongside the Missouri River.


Missouri’s 7 National Parks Launch Wellness Challenge

The National Park Service (NPS) has introduced a new way to experience Missouri’s beloved treasures – our national parks – with the National Park Service Wellness Challenge.


Dutch Country General Store Champions Small Businesses

Traditional values—from embracing small businesses and “Made in America products” to building communities—are at the heart of Dutch Country General Store’s practice of nurturing relationships with customers and vendors.


The Blufftop at Rocheport combines Les Bourgeois identities

Whether the latest addition is a brand expansion or a rebranding, one thing’s for certain: there’s now even more to experience with with three lodging and event rental options that make Les Bourgeois—that is, The Blufftop at Rocheport—an even more enticing destination. The Blufftop team has worked for a few years now to put the winery, distillery, bistro, restaurant, and lodging experience all under one umbrella: The Blufftop at Rocheport.


Explore mystery and flavor in Kansas City

A murder mystery cocktail lounge, heart-themed art, New York-style pizza, and more in Kansas City. This is the City Scout report for April 2022, produced exclusively for missourilife.com.


Blooming Beauty

There is an enchanted garden tucked away on a county road in southeast Missouri. Pinecrest Azalea Gardens makes a breathtaking and blissful first impression. My family and I visited the gardens for the first time just before Mother’s Day in May 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic.


INTO THE DEEP

Roaring River State Park is beloved for its trout fishing but named for its preternaturally turquoise spring, which flows from the base of a towering, U-shaped bluff. At the viewing platform, its shadowy mouth is hauntingly beautiful, dappled with light and the shadows from hanging ferns. On average, the spring produces an unfathomable 20.4 million gallons of water per day.


March 9, 1872

Ella Ewing, the “Missouri Giantess,” was born. She grew to be the world’s tallest woman of her time, reaching 8-feet, 4-inches.