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12 Reasons Missouri Is the Most Underrated State in the US

Missouri Travel
by Elizabeth Hudson Apr 6, 2015

1. We’re serious about our booze

St. Louis is home of the Anheuser Busch distillery, so you’re welcome for Bud Light. Missouri is also home to ten fantastic wine trails across the state, from the quaint village feel of Hermann to the scenic views and gourmet food pairings at the Lake of the Ozarks wine trail. We also have amazing breweries, including Schlafly. Even during family friendly outings at Grant’s Farm, you can grab a beer at the Biergarten.

2. We’re like our own little country

Except we’re not as crazy as Texas about actually making that happen. Missouri holds the stunning arch symbolizing the gateway to the Midwest. You’ll find big cities, sleepy farm towns, and a portion of the state is known as being a part of the South. Everyone has a different dialect, from St. Louis’s incomparable Midwestern accent (they sound nothing like people from Kansas City, or anywhere else for that matter), to other parts like the “boot heel” where there’s a southern twang going on.

3. We inarguably have some of the most die-hard sports fans around

You won’t find any bandwagoners here. We either live for our beloved Cardinals or celebrate the Royals even though they didn’t win the series (Paul Rudd may have grown up on the Kansas side of Kansas City, but he demonstrated our passion for sports when he invited everyone to his mom’s house for a kegger on live TV after a Royals playoff clench).

It’s not just baseball though — we have loyal Mizzou fans who are making their mark in the cutthroat and competitive world of SEC football, and we love our Blues.

4. We have our own versions of Disney World

And they are called Six Flags St. Louis and Worlds of Fun in Kansas City. Each park is a childhood / adolescent staple for Missourians and holds a lifetime of priceless memories. You haven’t really lived until you hit the first steep hill of the Timberwolf at Worlds of Fun and lose the ability to breathe and possibly suffer minor brain damage from the rattling and jerking, or almost (okay, maybe you actually did just a little) pee yourself in the last seconds before the Superman drops at Six Flags.

5. We made Vegas come to us

When we say we’re going to “the boat,” we probably mean Ameristar Casino. We have almost fifteen casinos across the state, and are proud of it. If you want a conservative Midwestern state that frowns upon gambling, keep looking elsewhere.

6. Missouri breeds awesome people

Brad Pitt, Jon Hamm, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, T.S. Elliott, and Mark Twain to name a few. Speaking of Mark Twain…

7. Hannibal

Hannibal is the town where Mark Twain grew up and was the inspiration for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. The Mark Twain cave and surrounding attractions are a staple for any Missourian.

8. There’s free fun

There is a never-ending list of things to do for all ages, and most of it is without charge and fun even if you’re not a kid. From free art museums to the world’s largest Titanic museum in Branson, the St. Louis Science Center, a play at the Muny in Forest Park, or the zoos in St. Louis, we don’t charge you for any of these things.

9. There’s a lot of natural beauty between St. Louis and Kansas City

Yes, a large part of Kansas City is in Missouri, and they’ll usually tell you if they’re from the Kansas side. Southern Missouri is home to Grand Gulf State Park near Thayer, MO and consists of 322 acres around a forked canyon. It’s the stunning result of an ancient collapsed dolomite cave system, and it emerges nine miles away in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

Ridgedale, MO is a beautiful scenic town that’s home to Big Cedar Lodge, where you can escape for a peaceful cabin getaway in the mountains.

10. Lake of the Ozarks

We have the perfect summer getaway in the Midwest’s number one lake destination, Lake of the Ozarks. While it can be one giant party for adults, you can also enjoy a tranquil getaway in a quieter resort or hike and mountain bike at the state park.

11. So. Many. Rivers

Sure, this may mean crippling humidity, but to us it really means two words: float trips. Grab a cooler of cold ones, a few friends, and a canoe (or raft or tube for milder streams), and enjoy the quintessential Missouri summer experience.

12. We’re smack dab in the middle of the US, so essentially we’re twenty minutes away from everything

Okay, maybe not, but we’re still in a pretty sweet central location. We have decent drives or short flight options to tons of places, so traveling is a breeze. We also have some of the most friendly and neighborly people around, so we’ll welcome you and show you the ropes here — they don’t call it the “Show Me State” for nothing (or maybe they do — none of us actually have any idea what that means).

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