Nicknamed "The Show Me State," Missouri was admitted to the Union as the 24th state on August 10, 1821. Missouri has several large metropolitan areas that boast museums, nightlife and culture. You can learn more about this top agricultural state by taking part in "Agritourism." Agritourism gives travellers a glimpse into rural life and quaint towns, while providing knowledge about the operations of farms, wineries, orchards, and gardens.
The music scene ranges from the washboard clang of the Ozark Heritage Festival? to legendary jazz and blues clubs, that made the 18th and Vine District famous. Art lovers will enjoy ancient Egyptian art and modern expressionism at museums such as the The St Louis Art Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art?.
You can also enjoy locally made wine and German sausage in Hermann? or visit Kansas City for savory barbecue and ribs. While in the Kansas City area, discover historic Independence, visit the Harry S Truman home, the Truman Presidential Museum & Library, Victorian and Civil War era homes such as the Vaile Mansion and Bingham-Waggoner Estate, frontier sites like the 1859 Jail and National Frontier Trails Museum, a collection of quaint gift and antique shops on the Square and the Mormon religion's heritage sites. Jefferson City is the state capital.
Other interesting places include:
The Lake of the Ozarks
Elephant Rocks State Park