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    Named after the Native Americans who inhabited the fertile lands around the Mississippi and Missouri tributaries, the state became part of the USA after a long colonial tussle between French and Spanish forces.

    European settlers drove the original tribes out, founding the two fur trading centres of St Louis and Kansas City. The state's central location on the Mississippi River's north-south trade route and east-west railroad made it an important crossroads for trade and transport.

    Both cities established themselves as major gateway to the western frontier during the 19th century. Today, Missouri is associated with historical figures like Mark Twain, the gun-slinging outlaw Jesse James, pioneers Lewis and Clark, and the former president Harry Truman.

    Images representative of the state include its small river towns, the stockyards of Kansas City, and the jazz and blues clubs of St Louis. The waters of the great Mississippi River flow by, dotted with iconic paddle steamers.

    St Louis is the dominant city, recognisable for its Gateway Arch and is the home of the blues. Kansas City is the only other significant metropolis, famous for its steaks and barbecues and its hearty jazz.

    In contrast, the south of Missouri features the beautiful hillsides and lakes of the Ozark Mountains, providing great recreational areas and the conservative country-and-western tourist town of Branson.

    Gateway Arch

    Within the riverside park known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the Gateway Arch is a soaring landmark above the city's skyline. The thin stainless steel arc reaches to twice the height of the Statue of Liberty, at 630 feet (192m) tall. It symbolises the role of St Louis as the 'Gateway to the West' for the pioneers who journeyed along the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails towards the western frontier. It is also dedicated to the US president who was responsible for opening up the West. An observation deck reached by a tram system provides magnificent views over the city, the Mississippi and the spreading plains. Also on the site with the Arch is the Old Courthouse Museum, the venue for the hearing of several momentous cases during the 19th century. At the base of the monument is the excellent Museum of Westward Expansion, with exhibits covering exploration of the West and its honoured pioneers, including Lewis and Clark, the Plains Indians, and buffalo soldiers. The Odyssey IMAX Theatre shows big-screen films about the region and its history.

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    Forest Park

    Larger than New York's Central Park, the beautifully landscaped Forest Park is filled with attractions. The acclaimed St Louis Art Museum has a magnificent international collection of art covering works from the prehistoric to the contemporary, housing one of the most extensive collections of German Expressionism worldwide. The Saint Louis Science Center features life-size dinosaurs along with displays and interactive exhibits on the environment, aviation, technology and more. There is also an OMNIMAX Theatre and Planetarium. Thousands of animals roam the beautiful grounds of the Saint Louis Zoo, with indoor and outdoor displays, and a Living World Exhibition features an animated robotic figure of Charles Darwin who summarises his theories on evolution. The Missouri History Museum documents life in St Louis with old photographs and displays on river life, local music, and western expansion. Forest Park is brimming with natural beauty and fun diversions for the whole family and can easily occupy visitors for hours.

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    Laumeier Sculpture Park

    Laumeier Sculpture Park is an open-air museum containing more than 70 outdoor sculptures dotted along a 1.4 mile (about 2.3km) walking trail. The mission statement is to enrich lives and inspire creativity by expanding the context of contemporary sculpture, allowing people to see it in a natural setting. Visitors to the Laumeier Sculpture Park are unanimous in their approval of this goal, with well over 300,000 people visiting the park every year. Laumeier also boasts outdoor movie screenings and a more traditional indoor gallery housed in an 1816 Tudor mansion. Over and above being a wonderful picnic site, it offers visitors a fresh and exciting way to engage with the arts. The park is open year-round and entry is free, but admission to special exhibitions usually requires tickets.

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    St Louis City Museum

    One of the most popular attractions for kids in St Louis, the St Louis City Museum isn't a stuffy hall with dusty dioramas. It boasts attractions like a ten-storey slide, a rooftop Ferris wheel, treehouses, enchanted caves, a 200-year-old frontier cabin, an aquarium, and much more. There are also educational exhibits on natural history and architecture, and special play areas for toddlers. There is a gift shop on the ground floor and several cafes throughout the building. With a reasonable admission charge and so much on offer, the St Louis City Museum is definitely a must for those travelling with kids in St Louis.

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    The Missouri climate is generally continental, but there are regional variations. For instance, the southeast tends to be warmer than the northwest. Summers are long and hot and winters are long and cold, with spring and autumn brief but pleasant transitional seasons.

    Kansas City has an average temperature range of between 26°F (-3°C) in January and 79°F (26°C) in July. There have been recorded extremes of heat and cold in the state, with the lowest ever temperature plunging to -40°F (-40°C) and the highest ever temperature reaching 118°F (48°C).

    Snow falls throughout Missouri in winter, with the most occurring in the north, while the southeast experiencing the heaviest precipitation. Tornadoes are common in spring. Rainfall is possible year-round.

    Kansas City International Airport
    Location: The airport is situated 21 miles (34km) northwest of Kansas City.
    Time: GMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Transfer Between Terminals A free shuttle service is available. Red Buses run between Circle Parking Lots and the three terminals. Bus stops are located outside of each terminal by the signs marked 'Red Inter-Terminal Connection'. Buses arrive approximately every 15 minutes. 'Blue Buses' run between the Economy Parking Lots and the terminals. Bus stops are located on the curbs outside the terminals and are marked with overhead signs. Buses arrive approximately every 20 minutes. All buses are wheelchair-friendly.
    Getting to the city: The Metro Bus provides daily transport to the city centre, and shuttle buses link the airport with several hotels in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Taxis and rental cars are also available.
    Car Rental: Car rental companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, ACE, Fox, Payless, and Thrifty.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis can be organised from the courtesy telephones in the baggage reclaim areas. Be sure to give the dispatcher your exact location. Mobile app-based taxi services, like Uber, are available.
    Facilities: Facilities include ATMs, internet access, bars, restaurants, shops, and pet relief areas. Disabled facilities are good but disabled passengers are advised to contact their airline in advance.
    Parking Garage Parking costs $3 for each hour up to a daily maximum of $23. Circle Parking has the same hourly rate, but costs only $15.50 per day. Economy Parking costs $7.50 per day. Free shuttles connect the more distant lots to the terminals.
    Website: www.flykci.com
    St Louis Lambert International Airport
    Location: The airport is situated 14 miles (23km) northwest of St Louis.
    Time: GMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Transfer Between Terminals A free 24-hour shuttle service runs between the two terminals.
    Getting to the city: The Metrolink light rail system departs from both terminals to the city centre several times a day. Shared van services provide transport to city centre hotels; bus services, and airport taxis are also available from both terminals.
    Car Rental: Car rental companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Hertz, Enterprise, and National.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis are available outside Exit Door 14 of Terminal 1, and outside Exit Door 12 of Terminal 2. Ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft are also in operation.
    Facilities: Airport facilities include ATMs, currency exchange services, an interfaith chapel, restaurants, snack bars, shops, postal services, club lounges, and an information desk. Disabled facilities are good.
    Parking There is both short-term and long-term parking, with a myriad of locations and price differences. Parking can ranges from $5 to $23 and is cheaper farther away from the terminals. A free shuttle serves certain parking lots.
    Website: www.flystl.com
    Springfield-Branson National Airport
    Location: The airport is situated seven miles (11km) northwest of Springfield.
    Time: GMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: Some hotels in Branson and Springfield offer airport shuttles for their guests. The airport is served by several shuttles, rental cars, and taxi companies.
    Car Rental: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Dollar, Hertz, National, Payless, and Thrifty operate at the airport.
    Airport Taxis: Taxi companies which serve the airport include Yellow Cab, Springfield Orange Taxi & Car Service, and Green Shuttle Taxi Service, as well as Fisk Limousines.
    Facilities: Airport facilities include a restaurant, a coffee shop, a gift shop, an information kiosk, ATMs, medical services, a pet-relief area, a travel agency, and a lost and found.
    Parking The cell phone lot is free and found in front of the terminal for those picking up passengers. Short-term parking is $2 per half-hour, up to a daily maximum of $16. Long-term parking costs $1 per hour, up to a daily maximum of $11, and a weekly maximum of $66.