See the Sights of Charlotte

Take a tour of Charlotte's EpiCentre, Bechtler Museum of Art, Discovery Place and the US National Whitewater Center.

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A pond with harp-playing angels at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. 960 1280

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An 18-foot model of the Titanic at the Titanic Museum in Branson. 960 1280

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Stingrays at the St. Louis Zoo. The 90-acre zoo is home to over 5,000 animals. 960 1280

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The American Jazz Museum located in Kansas City. This is the only museum in the world solely focused on the preservation, exhibition and advancement of jazz music. 960 1280

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The GIANT Swing at Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson. 960 1280

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Lurking on the front lawn of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, this giant bronze spider was designed by Louise Bourgeois. 960 1280

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This 300,000-square-feet Bass Pro Shop is the largest store in Springfield. 960 1280

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The Anheuser Busch Brewery bottling plant at in St Louis. 960 1280

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An antique horse carriage at the Museum of Westward Expansion in St. Louis. 960 1280

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A night view of the Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. 960 1280

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The Showboat Branson Belle, on beautiful Table Rock Lake in Branson, offers 3-course dinners and a variety show. 960 1280

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The St. Louis skyline along the Mississippi River. St Louis is also known as "Gateway City" because it was located at the end of the first leg of the Oregon Trail and considered the dividing mark between the Eastern and Western US in the 1800s. 960 1280

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The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, MO. 960 1280

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Located near Van Buren, MO, Big Spring is one of the largest springs in the US. It originates at the base of a bluff on the west side of the Current River Valley in the Missouri Ozarks. 960 1280

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Sea Life Aquarium
Sea Life Aquarium

Sea Life Aquarium

Come nose to nose with more than 5,000 sea creatures featured at the Sea Life Aquarium in Kansas City, MO. Hold a crab or touch a starfish in the Interactive Rockpool Experience. Take a stroll through the aquarium’s amazing underwater tunnel as sharks and stingrays swim overhead. 960 1280

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Kansas Speedway

Kansas Speedway

Get your motor revin’, and head to the Kansas Speedway. In addition to NASCAR and ARCA events, the Speedway occasionally hosts a driving school, where fans can get behind the wheel and try the 8-lap Rookie Experience. Not feeling that gung ho? Experience a real-life thrill by riding shotgun in a 2-seat NASCAR-style stock car driven by a professional instructor for a 2-lap qualifying run. 960 1280

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Union Station

Union Station

Kansas City's Union Station, a railroad station and science museum, has a small, tranquil reflection pool in front. 960 1280

  

Kansas City BBQ

Kansas City BBQ

Don't leave Kansas City, MO, without tasting hickory-smoked Kansas City-style barbecue pork ribs. We suggest dining at BB's Lawnside Barbecue, LC's Barbeque, Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue, Gate's Bar-B-Q or Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue. 960 1280

  

Kaufman Stadium

Kaufman Stadium

For sports fans, we suggest you check out a Kansas City Royals baseball game at Kaufman Stadium. The team -- celebrating their 40th season at the stadium in 2012 -- has hosted more the 68 million fans since 1973. 960 1280

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KC Architecture

KC Architecture

Kansas City has some interesting architecture, including this Spanish-tiled staircase leading to a plaza. 960 1280

  

Kansas City Zoo

Kansas City Zoo

Visit these twin-sister lionesses at the Kansas City Zoo in Missouri. Take an African Sky Safari, or check out the tiger exhibit and sensational sea lions. Other fun zoo activities include Kids Fun Fest, Pancakes for Penguins and the Kids Conservation Club. 960 1280

  

Hallmark Visitors Center

Hallmark Visitors Center

Season’s Greetings! Visit the Hallmark Visitors Center. The well-renowned greeting card company gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at greeting card production, and an insider’s perspective on how a bow machine works. Take a look at the Hallmark Art Collection, and visit the Hallmark Hall of Fame to view more than 60 years of award-winning television programming. 960 1280

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Penn Valley Park

Penn Valley Park

Penn Valley Park, also the location for the Kansas City Scout statue, is a great place to view the city's downtown. 960 1280

  

Liberty Memorial

Liberty Memorial

The Liberty Memorial houses the National World War I Museum and is a memorial to fallen soldiers. 960 1280

  

Country Club Plaza

Country Club Plaza

This beautiful JC Nichols Fountain is in the center of Kansas City’s upscale shopping district and residential neighborhood, Country Club Plaza. Head here for 15 blocks of shopping at high-end stores, including Burberry, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Tiffany & Co. and Anthropologie. 960 1280

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