The Show-Me State is home to several travel destinations. Each region of the state offers something different. The north west and the north east are home to Kansas City and St. Louis. The south west region is home to Springfield and Branson while the south east is host to many of the state's geologic wonders.
The Gateway Arch in St. Louis celebrates the westward expansion of the United States. The cities location on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers guaranteed its role as the "gateway to the west". A visit to the Museum of Westward Expansion, beneath the Gateway Arch, takes visitors on a journey through the past to see the tools, guns, animals and wagons of the explorers, pioneers, cowboys and Native Americans who helped shape our nation. Also popular in the St. Louis area are the Anhueser-Busch Brewery, Grant's Farm, Six Flags, the Science Center and the Museum of Transportation.
On the opposite side of the state along the Missouri River is Kansas City. Home to trading posts that catered to American pioneers traveling west, the city was one of the last stops before entering the west. The Steamboat Arabia Museum has an extensive collection of everyday items bound for the trading posts of Kansas City. It's cargo lay buried for 132 years along the river where it sank. Other popular Kansas City attractions are the Hallmark Visitors Center, Worlds of Fun, Oceans of Fun and the Legoland Discovery Center.
Springfield, in the south west, is home to Fantastic Caverns, America's Ride-Thru Cave, and Bass Pros Shops Outdoor World. An hour south is Branson, the Country Music Show Capital. In addition to the shows Branson is home to Silver Dollar City, White Water and the Showboat Branson Belle.