Nicknamed the Show Me state, Missouri may surprise some tourists with its diverse attractions and activities. Here are some of the highlights: Country music fans will love Branson, while Kansas City is known for its blues. If you want high-end shopping, check out Kansas City's Country Club Plaza shopping district. And if you're into the Wild West, visit Silver Dollar City, an 1880s-themed town. The state's natural attractions draw repeat visitors, too. In the southeast, striking red boulders are scattered across the Ozark hills, while in central Missouri, the Lake of the Ozarks offers tourists lazy days spent boating, golfing and fishing. You can explore Mark Twain's boyhood home in Hannibal, and you can even sample locally-made wine at wineries lining the Missouri River.
DIVES NOT TO MISS:
- Bonne Terre Mine. An nickel mining facility that was abandoned in 1961 and later flooded by seeping groundwater. Dive among the mine's ghostly remains: shovels, picks, rock drills, trucks, and ore crushers.
- Table Rock Lake. Dive through Oasis. This small town was submerged under 100 feet of water when the lake was created in 1958. Descend to Main Street and into the town's small wooden church. Also in the 43,000-acre lake, explore the Enchanted Forest, an underwater grove of oak trees that attracts large fish.