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Known as the Show Me State, Missouri is the 18th most populous state in the country with more than 6 million people calling it home.
It has a very diverse geography, ranging from the till plains in the northern part to the Ozarks in the Southern part. You can find the Missouri River, Mississippi River, and the Ohio River here.
Be sure to explore the many places in the state with a bus rental in Missouri.
A 24-passenger mini bus rental in Missouri is a good way to tour the state. It can accommodate small groups of people and guarantee a safe and convenient travel for everyone in your group. No more being cramped in the backseat and no more having to wait for others in your group to arrive. What's more, BusRental.com has made it very easy to get a quote for a 24-passenger mini bus rental in Missouri. All you need to do is to fill out a form found in our Web site and we will get back to you as soon as it is ready. Wait to be pleasantly surprised when you find out just how affordable a bus rental in Missouri really is!
You can get a 24-passenger mini bus rental in Missouri for your travels to Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Independence, Columbia, Lee's Summit, O'Fallon, St. Joseph, St. Charles, St. Peters, or just about any city within the state.
Variety is the name of the game when you visit Missouri. From world-class art galleries, performance spaces and museums, to the rugged outdoors, you can find it all here. You can feast at the many delicious restaurants that dot the state, or have a fun time shopping your heart out. Every city can give you a unique experience. Everything you want to do is here, so gather your group on a bus rental in Missouri and start exploring today!
Route 66 Carousel Park, the state's premiere family park, has something for everyone. You can enjoy the Jumping Pillow, the Bumper Boats, the Go-Karts, the Mini-Golf, the Batting Cages, as well as dozens of rides such as the Ferris wheel, bumper cars, train, Elephants, Go-Gator Roller Coaster, and the Tiger Terror Roller Coaster. You can also go to the Silver Dollar City where you could enjoy the park's 1880s theme. It has close to two dozen rides, six roller coasters and four water rides.
Then there is Six Flags Saint Louis where you can go on 40 rides, including nine roller coasters. And there's Worlds of Fun, which covers 235 acres of space and houses 43 rides including seven roller coasters and three water rides.
If you want to go to water parks, check out:
Casinos. For some gambling fun, there are a handful of casinos that you can go to. These casinos have a variety of table games, poker games and gaming machines. Some of the best include:
Missouri has close to three dozen art museums scattered all over the state. You should see the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial located in Kansas City. The museum marked its 100th birthday in 2014 so there are a lot of exhibits to see. And you would also fall in love with the amazing views of the entire city when you go to the top of Liberty Memorial. You should also check out the Missouri State Museum inside the state capitol in Jefferson City to know more about Missouri's history.
You could visit the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, where you could learn more about the history of photography by knowing the innovative, creative and great photographers who have made significant contributions to the craft. Here, you could see prints, old cameras and other similar exhibits. Or you can go to the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, which welcomes at least 100,000 people annually, making it the state's biggest contemporary art museum.
Or how about going to the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in the Washington University campus? This is the oldest art museum west of the Mississippi River and has significant holdings of European and American paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures from the 19th century to the 21st century. Meanwhile, you could see the awesome collection of Asian art at the neoclassical Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. It is also worth noting that 500,000 people visit the St. Louis Art Museum every year. This is where you could get to see more than 30,000 artworks in 11 different collections.
You can mix the outdoors and the arts when you visit the Laumeier Sculpture Park in Sunset Hills. The park covers around 105 acres of space and has more than five dozen sculptures and walking trails. Be one of the 300,000 people who visit the park each year.
Other worthwhile art museums you can go to include the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Saint Louis University Museum of Art, and the Sheldon Art Galleries.
And you may notice that St. Louis has the bulk of art museums in the state, with 15 art museums located in the city. But there are other cities with a good concentration of art museums as well. For example, Columbia has the State Historical Society of Missouri, Museum of Art and Archaeology, Larson Gallery, Davis Art Gallery, and George Caleb Bingham Gallery. While Kansas City has Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Belger Arts Center, and Greenlease Art Gallery.
The state also has other types of museums as well, numbering close to 200 museums. These touches on different things, such as the Hollywood Wax Museum in Branson; toy museums such as the National Toy and Miniature Museum, the Remember When Toy Museum & Historic Village, and the World's Largest Toy Museum; and science and learning museums such as the St. Louis Science Center, the Discovery Center of Springfield, Science City at Union Station, and the Space Center. On top of these, there are also several military, firefighting, and historic museums all over the state, as well as various museums concentrating on specific cultures such as the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center for African Americans and the Irish Museum and Cultural Center.
Performance arts. When it comes to performing arts, Missouri has Branson to be proud of. The city, nicknamed as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World, has a high number of entertainment theaters that draw many tourists from all over the region. More than that, the state's many universities and colleges have their own theater and performance groups that stage shows and performances in theaters and venues within their respective campuses.
You can also visit the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in Springfield. The hall has a theater that accommodates more than 2,200 people. You can also go to the Presser Performing Arts Center, where you could catch a theater performance or a dance and musical production among other forms of art. The University of Missouri in St. Louis has the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, which has three separate performance stages: the Whitaker Hall, the Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall, and the E. Desmond and Mary Ann Lee Theater. All in all, these three halls accommodate more than 2,200 people. The Touhill Performing Arts Center hosts around 230 performances and 150 events annually. Other notable venues you should go to include the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, where you could catch several organizations perform, such as the Women's Symphony League, Columbia Chorale, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Columbia Art League, P.A.C.E. Youth Theatre, Columbia Civic Orchestra, University of Missouri Show-Me Opera, Boonslick Chordbusters, Ragtag Cinema's Missouri Theatre Film Series, and Belly Dance United. This is also the venue for the True/False Film Festival, Blind Boone Ragtime Festival, and Mozart-Higday Music Trust Series.
Also, check out Fox Theatre, Jesse Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Peabody Opera House, Powell Hall, and the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity.
Leach Theatre is a good idea if you want to catch a good musical show. Some of the musicians and singers who have performed at this Missouri University of Science and Technology venue include Phillip Phillips and Doc Severinsen.
You could also catch the following theater groups in a performance:
Missouri can offer you a wide range of food and drinks experiences. There are several farmers markets all over the state, as well as wineries and breweries that you could visit. Of course, you have the finest restaurants here as well.
If you are a fan of foodie shows on TV, then you would certainly know Ted Drewes, which has been featured on America's Best, Man vs. Food Nation, and Best Thing I Ever Ate. Another TV favorite is Pappy's Smokehouse, which has been featured on Man vs. food and Food Finds. Then there's LC's Bar-B-Q, with features on Food Paradise and No Reservations and Iron Barley, which has been on Man Vs. Food and diners, Drives Ins and Dives. Other restaurants that has been feature on TV shows include Anthonino's Taverna, B.B.'s Lawn Side Bar B-Q, Crown Candy Kitchen, Donut Drive In, Eclipse at the Moonrise Hotel, Gates and Sons BBQ, Schottzies Bar and Grill, Sub Zero Vodka Bar, The Brick, The Shaved Duck, Westport Flea Market Bar and Grill, and White Knight Diner.
And of course, the state has really delicious restaurants at very affordable prices. There is Causbie Bakery in Kennett where you could get the best cakes, pastries and other baked good that are simply amazing. Other must try restaurants without worrying about the prices, include:
Then if you are looking for fine dining places, then check out Celebrations Restaurant & Bar, The Duck Restaurant, and JJ's at the Copper Pot. Other places where you can get good food include Jolly Rogers, Arrow Rock Station Restaurant and Bed & Breakfast, Vintage 1847 Restaurant at Stone Hill Winery, Seasons On The Square, and Sybill's St James.
You can also experience the best of Missouri's farms when you buy the freshest produce and food stuff at different farmers market in the area. There are several farmers markets in just about any city in the state, such as those in Aurora, Boonville, Chandler Hill, Kansas City, Downtown Lee's Summit, and Independence. But you should check out the Fair Grove Farmers' Markets, which has been awarded as the best in the state.
On top of these farmer's markets, you can check out the microbreweries, breweries and wineries in the state. You can go to Augusta and check out the Mount Pleasant Winery, Montelle Winery, Sugar Creek Winery, as well as several B&Bs and beer gardens here. Or you can check out Hermann where you can taste the German influence in the wines served at Stone Hill winery, Hermannhoff Winery, and stay at the Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn. Then you can mix the high life and wines in Rocheport where you can visit the Les Bourgeois Vineyard and have dinner at its Blufftop Bistro. Which wines are the best in Missouri? If you love sweet wine, the go for Vignoles and other German wines. Then there is Cynthiana, for those who love dry red wine.
For those who love beer of all kinds, check out:
In addition, you can check out the Anheuser-Busch InBev, which is the biggest brewery in the world.
Shopping. It is possible to spend your entire time in Missouri just shopping, because of the state's many shopping places, antique shops, flea markets, shopping districts and stores that offer you everything you want.
First you have the malls. There is Springfield's Battlefield Mall, the biggest mall in the area. It has at least 150 tenants, and anchored by Dillard's, Macy's, JCPenney, and Sears.
Or you could go to Brookside Shopping District, the first suburban shopping center in Kansas City. Then you can visit the 65 tenants at the Capital Mall in Jefferson City.
Another big mall you can find here is the Chesterfield Mall, with around 150 tenants and anchored by Sears, Dillard's, and Macy's. Then you have the Independence Center, which is the most visited attraction in the city, attracting 12 million people per year.
If you like high end brands, then you should visit Plaza Frontenac, anchored by Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as Cole Haan, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Williams-Sonoma, Talbots, Tiffany & Co., BCBGMaxAzria, kate spade new york, L'Occitane en Provence, and Coach.
St. Louis Outlet Mall is where you go for some discount shopping at more than 200 stores. The mall has Bed Bath & Beyond,l Books-A-Million, Burlington Coat Factory, Cabela's, the Children's Place, Ice Zone, Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, Plan Nine Skate Park, Regal Cinemas, Ross Dress For Less, and Sears Outlet as anchors.
Other malls and shopping centers you could find here include Blue Ridge Mall, Columbia Mall, East Hills Mall, Mid Rivers Mall, Northpark Mall, Saint Louis Galleria, the Shops on Blue Parkway, South County Center, Summit Woods Crossing, the Landing, Ward Parkway Center, West County Center, West Park Mall, Westport Plaza, and Zona Rosa in Kansas City.
Just about any county and city has their own shopping districts where you could find local businesses selling everything that you could possibly want. If you like antiques, you can check out the many antique shops in Kansas City such as River Market Antiques, and the Brass Armadillo, St. Louis such as the Cherokee Antique Row, the Antique Armory, and Magic Chef. You can also go antique scouring in the Ozarks, where you can go to Hermann's Antiques Unlimited II, Pete's Plunder Antiques, and Find in Time.
There are around 400 golf courses in Missouri and you can choose from a variety of golf courses that either challenges your or relaxes you. You can go to the Quail Creek Golf Club, designed by famed golf course designer Hale Irwin. You can also go to the Branson Creek Golf Club in Hollister which is one of the best public golf courses in the state. However, if you like variety, then you should check out the golf courses in the Kansas City and St. Louis metro areas, which have more than 100 golf courses each.
Some of the best golf courses in Missouri include the:
Sports Venues. There are several professional sports teams in Missouri. There is Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals that play at the Kauffman Stadium and the St. Louis Cardinals that play at the Busch Stadium. Other baseball stadiums in the state include:
The National Football League has two teams from Missouri as well. Kansas City Chiefs play at the Arrowhead Stadium and the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. Other football stadiums in the state include Bearcat Stadium, Faurot Field, Fred G. Hughes Stadium, Houck Stadium, JFK Stadium, Plaster Sports Complex, and Spratt Stadium. Soccer parks in the state include Audrey J. Walton Stadium, Francis Field, Robert R. Hermann Stadium, and the St. Louis Soccer Park.
The St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League plays their home games at the Scottrade Center, while Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer play at the Sporting Park stadium.
Basketball fans can watch games at the Bearcat Arena, Brewer Fieldhouse, Family Arena, Hearnes Center, Kemper Arena, Mizzou Arena, Robert F. Hyland Performance Arena, and Swinney Recreation Center. Then those who like their motorsports can go to Missouri State Fair Speedway, while for some snow enthusiasts, Hidden Valley Ski Area and Snow Creek might be worth checking out.
History lovers would love exploring the state to discover something new about the history of the state and the nation. This is especially true if you are a Civil War aficionado. Missouri had at least 1,000 battles during the war, and has the highest number of battles next to Virginia and Tennessee to happen within the state lines. Explore more of the state's Civil War ties when you visit Fort D in Cape Girardeau, Bushwhacker Museum, the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Battle of Westport Visitors Center and Museum, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Thespian Hall in Boonville, Lincoln University, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, and the Fort Davidson State Historic Site.
The state also has historic sites that are related to three iconic figures in history: Harry S. Truman, Mark Twain and Jesse James.
For those who want to follow the life of a former president, you can see the:
Meanwhile, Mark Twain was born in Missouri and his timeless works have put the spotlight on the state. Treasure hunters are still looking for Jesse James' treasure and he became a legendary figure after his death. Visit the Buchanan County Courthouse, Jesse James Home, and Lexington Commercial Historic District for more things about James.
On top of these sites, you should also consider visiting the more than three dozen National Historic Landmarks in the state, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder House, Washington University Hilltop Campus Historic District, Joseph Erlanger House, United States Customhouse And Post Office, Tower Grove Park, George Caleb Bingham House, Mutual Musicians Association Building, and Scott Joplin Residence.
You should also check out the more than 2,100 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with St. Louis having 391 sites, Jackson having 324, Greene having 65 and both Buchanan and Franklin having 60 each.
You can go to Missouri for any type of outdoor fun that you want, with its more than 50 state parks, hundreds of natural areas and conservation areas, and the Katy Trail, the country's longest rail to trail biking and hiking trail. You would also enjoy the hunting grounds and fishing spots that you can find here.
You can go hiking, have a picnic or set up camp in the state parks, such as the Watkins Mill State Park. You should also climb the boulders at the Elephant Rocks State Park, or swim in the Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, or spend an afternoon on an off-road vehicle at St. Joe State Park.
Check out the state parks in the central region including the Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site, Finger Lakes State Park, Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Jewell Cemetery State Historic Site, Knob Noster State Park, Pomme de Terre State Park, and Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.
The Northeast region has Cuivre River State Park, Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, Edward 'Ted' and Pat Jones - Confluence Point State Park, Graham Cave State Park, Long Branch State Park, Thousand Hills State Park, and Washington State Park. And then in the Northwest region, including Big Lake State Park, Lewis and Clark State Park, Rock Island Trail State Park, and Van Meter State Park. Meanwhile the Southeast has Big Oak Tree State Park, Grand Gulf State Park, and Onondaga Cave State Park. Lastly, the Southwest has Big Sugar Creek State Park, Prairie State Park, and Table Rock State Park, among others.
If you like fishing, there is the Mark Twain Lake, where you can get 18,000 acres of great fishing fun, or you can go to Truman Lake where you can catch bass and crappie. Truman Lake is also the state's biggest man-made lake. Or you can go sailing at Stockton Lake.
You should also get on the trails here. There is the Ozark Trail, where you get at least 360 miles of trails that go through the Ozarks, hills, valleys and great vistas everywhere. If you are into backpacking, the Taum Sauk Mountain State Park is a good choice. Why not go on the Trail of Tears State Park where you can head to the Sheppard Point Trail and the Peewee Trail. You can check out the wildflowers at the Prairie State Park or see the Thompson River Trail at the Crowder State Park. You should not ignore the Katy Trail too.
Those who love to hike would fall in love with Ste. Genevieve County where you can check out Pickle Springs and Hickory Canyons, both of which feature trails that you would love to walk on. There are also challenging trails at Sam A. Baker State Park.
One of the best zoos you can go to include the Saint Louis Zoological Park, with more than 19,000 animals belonging to 655 species. The zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Some of the animals you can find here include sharks, hippos, rhinoceros, foxes, bee-eaters, beetles, tarantulas, bears, penguins, and different kinds of birds.
Or you can go to Dickerson Park Zoo, duly accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums with more than 500 different animals belonging to 160 species. Grant's Farm in Grantwood village is both a historic farm and a landmark in the area. Ulysses S. Grant used to own the farm, and is currently operated as an animal reserve.
Further, you should not miss out on the more than 1,300 animals at the Kansas City Zoo. The animals, which occupy more than 95 acres of space, include polar bears, lovebirds, turacos, elephants, swans, kudus, oryxes, cranes, baboons, mangabeys, gorillas, kangaroos, wallabies, snakes, tigers, and sea lions. The zoo, named as one of the best zoos in the country, also has a kids' zone where children can get to know the animals more.
You can also check out the Emmenegger Nature Park in Kirkwood, which has 93 acres of space. Or you could visit the Monsanto Insectarium where you could find exhibits of different insects, including butterflies. Speaking of butterflies, you could also find them at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House where you can find more than 80 species of butterflies. This is also a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Caving is a must-do when you visit the state. The state has at least 6,000 caves, giving it the nickname "The Cave State". Go underground literally at Bluff Dwellers Cavern and Browning Museum, Marvel Cave at Silver Dollar City, Smallin Civil War Cave, Roubidoux Spring Cave, Miller Cave, Jacon's Cave, Round Spring Cavern, Meramec Caverns, and Mark Twain Cave.
For a walk on the supernatural side, how about visiting the known haunted places in the state such as the Elms Hotel and Spa, Pythian Castle in Springfield, Lemp Mansion Restaurant and Inn, and Hart-Stepp House Gallery. The Missouri State Penitentiary also offers ghost tours.
With all the wonderful sites and sights that are waiting for you in the Show-Me State, it really makes a lot of sense to get a bus rental in Missouri and make it all comfortable for you.
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