Making Your Way Through Missouri

While making your way through Missouri, be sure to check out some of the most iconic places and amazing attractions "The Show Me State" has to offer.

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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

Sea Life Aquarium  

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

Hallmark Visitors Center  

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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Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore (Keystone, SD)

Mount Rushmore (Keystone, SD)

You can't get more presidential than Mount Rushmore. This national memorial in South Dakota features the heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. 960 1280

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State Capitol Rotunda (Denver, CO)

State Capitol Rotunda (Denver, CO)

The rotunda of the state capitol building in Denver features portraits of all the US presidents. 960 1280

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Greenbrier Resort (White Sulpher Springs, WV)

Greenbrier Resort (White Sulpher Springs, WV)

The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia has played host to 26 US presidents. The last president to stay at the resort during his presidency was Dwight Eisenhower. 960 1280

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Mount Vernon (Mt. Vernon, VA)

Mount Vernon (Mt. Vernon, VA)

'Visitors watch as "America's smallest parade" takes place at historic Mount Vernon, Virginia near Washington, D.C., February 20, 2006. The U.S. is celebrating President's Day with parades and pageantry throughout the country. REUTERS/Mannie Garcia' 960 1280

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (Springfield, IL)

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (Springfield, IL)

Visitors look at a depiction of President Abraham Lincoln meeting with his cabinet, while touring the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, IL. 960 1280

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (Washington, DC)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (Washington, DC)

President Clinton touches the statue of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's dog, Fala, as he and first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, view the FDR Memorial. The memorial places Roosevelt, the country's 32nd president, alongside giants of US history, Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson with monuments in the heart of the capital. 960 1280

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Harry S. Truman's Farmhouse Sitting Room (Independence, MO)

Harry S. Truman's Farmhouse Sitting Room (Independence, MO)

This humble sitting room is from the farmhouse of President Harry S. Truman, located in Independence, MO. 960 1280

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Dwight D. Eisenhower Childhood Home (Denison,TX)

Dwight D. Eisenhower Childhood Home (Denison,TX)

Dwight D. Eisenhower, born in this house in Denison, TX, rose from modest roots to become Supreme Commander of all Allied forces during World War II and US president from 1953 to 1961. 960 1280

Jim Bowen through the Flickr Creative Commons License  

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (Simi Valley, CA)

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (Simi Valley, CA)

Nancy Reagan touches the grave marker of her husband, Ronald Reagan, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA, on June 5, 2005, the one-year anniversary of his death. 960 1280

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Monticello (Charlottesville, VA)

Monticello (Charlottesville, VA)

Monticello, near Charlottesville, VA, was designed by Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States. 960 1280

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Adams Tomb (Quincy, MA)

Adams Tomb (Quincy, MA)

The tomb of John Adams (left), second president of the US, is located at the same site as his son, John Quincy Adams (right), sixth president of the US, and their wives, at the United First Parish Church in Quincy, MA. 960 1280

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Boston, MA)

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Boston, MA)

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, dedicated in 1979, is located on Columbia Point in Boston, MA. The building is the official repository for the original papers and correspondence of the Kennedy Administration. 960 1280

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Montpelier (Orange, VA)

Montpelier (Orange, VA)

Montpelier, located near Orange, VA, was a large tobacco plantation and estate of the prominent Madison family of Virginia planters, including James Madison, fourth president of the United States.
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George H.W. Bush Library (College Station, TX)

George H.W. Bush Library (College Station, TX)

Four US presidents pose inside the George H.W. Bush Library in College Station, TX, on November 6, 1997. Shown (L-R) are Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford. 960 1280

REUTERS/Win McNamee  

William J. Clinton Presidential Library (Little Rock, AR)

William J. Clinton Presidential Library (Little Rock, AR)

Exhibit area featuring an exact replica of the Oval Office in the White House at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, AR, November 17, 2004. 960 1280

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