Missouri Group Tour Guide

mo-logo-newWe look forward to welcoming you to Missouri. We’re called the Show-Me State, and I’d like to show you some of my favorite things about it.

I love Civil War history – and we have it: from the first major battle west of the Mississippi River at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield in Southwest Missouri to the Stars and Stripes Museum in Southeast Missouri where Civil War soldiers started America’s military newspaper.

We’ve got great urban areas – St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield – with all the culture, entertainment, nightlife, sports and fine dining you would expect.

Capture a piece of America’s cultural past with a cruise down Route 66, staying in historic renovated motor courts, admiring the authentic neon signs and roadside attractions, and enjoying down-home cooking along the Mother Road.

Folks who love the outdoors fall in love with Missouri, with its crystal-clear float streams, trails that run from civilized to rugged, fun-filled lakes and world-class fishing.

And the music! From blues in St. Louis to jazz in Kansas City, bluegrass in the Ozarks and all the shows in Branson – we’ve got a tune for every taste.

We know you’ll have a great time, every time. Welcome to Missouri – and enjoy the show!

Ward Franz
Director

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2019 Edition

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We are so happy to hear you’re considering coming to visit us in Missouri! Looking over my life, I’ve had many opportunities to live in other states, but it never took long before I missed my home state, Missouri.  I missed the diverse landscapes and the closeness to everything and all the sometimes-hidden treasures.

Our metro centers can keep you busy for days. Springfield, St. Louis and Kansas City all have amazing opportunities waiting for any traveler, but I would also encourage you to explore rural Missouri as well.

We have so much to offer, no matter where your interests lie. If it’s lakes, rivers or parks … we have it.  If you want to reminisce about the good old days, Route 66 has it.  If you want to learn about our roots, the Ozarks has a history that will keep you enthralled like a novel you can’t put down.  I could go on for days about what I love to refer as “God’s Country.”

So, while you are here, don’t be in a hurry. We’re the Show-Me State. Let us show you, and who knows, you may be hooked.

Feature Articles

2018 Edition

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The 2018 Missouri Tour Guide brims with irresistible itinerary ideas for group travel planners, spotlighting attractions in all parts of the Show-Me State.

The big news in St. Louis is featured in “Magnificent Makeover,” a report on the massive project updating the Gateway Arch grounds fronting the Mississippi River. By summer 2018 the Arch’s new visitor center and interactive Western history museum will be open for business, presenting fresh new opportunities for group tours.

In “6 Places to Quench Your Thirst in Missouri,” readers get a look at some of the state’s top breweries and wineries, plus a distillery and craft soda maker. All offer tours.

“Beautiful Spaces and Famous Faces” shines the light on Southwest Missouri attractions such as George Washington Carver National Monument, Harry S. Truman Birthplace State Historic Site and the brand-new Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium. Featured towns include Carthage, Joplin and Springfield.

Everyone knows about the music theaters and family amusements of Branson, but there are chances to delve beneath the surface and go behind the scenes. The Missouri Tour Guide focuses on three of these places—Dick’s 5 & 10, College of the Ozarks and Sight & Sound Theatre.

Also in the guide are travel tips, a driving-distance chart and sample itineraries that will make the tour planner’s job just a little bit easier.

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2017 Edition

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The Missouri Tour Guide, a special section in the August edition of Leisure Group Travel Magazine, has multiple articles on group-friendly destinations in the Show Me State. “A Stroke of Genius,” for example, follows Highway 36 through northern Missouri towns that nurtured creative types like Mark Twain, Walt Disney and J.C. Penney. Readers also take a drive down old Route 66 and in the Central Missouri feature get insight on cities like Columbia, Fulton and Jefferson City. Sample itineraries and a list of special events round out the 20-page Missouri section.

If you are considering taking your group through this diverse and beautiful state, our Missouri Tour Guide is your essential first step in planning an unforgettable experience.

Sample Itineraries

  • Itinerary: Hannibal Hub and Spoke
  • Itinerary: Missouri East to West
  • Itinerary: Along the Mississippi

2016 Edition

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The Missouri Tour Guide, a special section in the August edition of Leisure Group Travel Magazine, has multiple articles on group-friendly destinations in the Show Me State. 

If you are considering taking your group through this diverse and beautiful state, our Missouri Tour Guide is your essential first step in planning an unforgettable experience.

Feature Articles