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100 Best Things to Do in Missouri 15/20

Missouri is a great state to get outdoors, but it also has a lot of interesting urban sights to see and a lot of roadside oddities that make it one interesting place to visit.


71. Charlie Parker Memorial (Kansas City)

This statue of legendary jazz artist Charlie Parker was dedicated in 1999. It’s a large bronze statue of his head with the inscription “Bird Lives” on its base. If you’re a fan of jazz, stop and pay your respects and get a quick selfie.


72. Pappy’s Smokehouse (St Louis)

Pappy’s is a St Louis institution that’s well known around the country and usually has a line out the door. The slow smoke their meats for up to 14 hours and make their own original sauces. Make sure you allow plenty of time when you come here, if there’s a line you might need to wait for an hour or so to get a table.


73. Mark Twain National Forest (Various)

This forest covers 1.5 million acres in Missouri and includes 29 counties. It has 750 miles of biking trails and 300 miles of waterways. If you love the outdoors, this is the place .to camp for a weekend. You can bike, ride horses, hike, climb, swim, kayak, canoe. Just about anything.


74. Maxie, the World’s Largest Goose (Sumner)

Missouri is a good place for quirky roadside attractions and Maxie the World’s Largest Goose is no exception. She’s 40 feet tall and her wingspan 61 feet. This is another great photo op when visiting Missouri.


75. The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures (Kansas City)

Opened in 1982, this museum has expanded significantly and now houses over 72,000 objects, Exhibits have included everything from toys from miniatures from the 18th century, Toys from the Land of Oz, and photos of Victorian children with their toys. Give yourself an hour or two here.



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