It is always a big disappointment when you visit a part of the country that you heard good things about and end up feeling a bit underwhelmed by your experience.
The good news is that Missouri is a destination that is highly unlikely to make you feel that way when you spend some vacation time there.
Here is a look at some of the top locations and attractions that will leave a lasting impression on you.
A fitting tribute
If you want to learn some history and gain some inspiration from past exploits the National World War I Museum and Memorial is the place to visit.
Located in downtown Kansas City, the museum is recognized as a leading institution and your time spent learning about war heroes and their personal stories combined with the opportunity to view some poignant artifacts will prove to be a memorable encounter with the past.
Congress has designated this museum as America’s official World War 1 museum and should be on your must-see list.
Staying at somewhere like the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza in the area should provide you with a good base and put you in a good location where you can explore this and other attractions in Missouri.
Find some garden inspiration
Next on the list is the Missouri Botanical Garden in Saint Louis.
The garden is a National Historic Landmark and the horticultural displays are not only very pleasing on the eye but they provide you with education and inspiration in equal measure.
There are indoor and outdoor gardens to explore and the fact that these botanical gardens are rated amongst the top three in the world should tell you all you need to know about how worthwhile your visit to the place should prove to be.
If you want to spend hours viewing countless inspiring works of art all under one roof then you need to put a visit to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on your itinerary.
The museum is widely regarded as the cultural jewel of Kansas City and when you consider that entry to the attraction is free, this should be all the incentive you need to soak up some artistic wonders.
Water is a big attraction
Water features heavily in the history and geography of the area and there are plenty of venues where you can enjoy some time on or in the water or simply admire the views.
One place that is always popular with visitors is the Table Rock Lake.
You can enjoy a variety of water-based sporting activities at Table Rock Lake or you might just want to sit by the lake and watch the world go by in this beautiful setting.
If you are planning a family vacation in the area it would be well worth spending a day at Silver Dollar City.
This venue offers visitors a range of rides and attractions plus there loads of daily live shows to enjoy and some top-class festivals held here every year.
As you can see from these highlighted attractions, a visit to Missouri is highly likely to prove a memorable experience for all the right reasons.