Missouri may not be a mecca for travelers yet it's a mistake to snub the Show Me state. Here are 10 reasons why. 1) Missouri is both a Midwestern and Southern state. 2) It has a distinctive mix of urban and rural cultures. 3) It has a great many sights and attractions. 4) It's home to the tallest man-made monument in the United States. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis towers 630 feet above the Mississippi River and marks America's westward expansion. 5) Ha Ha Tonka State Park, complete with karst features - sinkholes, caves, springs and natural bridges - and cliff top castle ruins, is a great place to hike. 6) The St. Louis Science Center, named one of the 10 best science centers for families by Parents magazine, is fun place to take tykes. 7) Branson boasts more than 50 theatres featuring live music and comedy shows and has a plethora of fun family places. 8) Not only is the St. Louis Zoo the third largest zoo in America, it consistently ranks as one of the best in the nation. 9) The Lake of the Ozarks is a preeminent place for leaf-peepers. 10) Missouri is a kid-friendly state.
The climate of Missouri is generally continental and is marked by four distinct seasons and frequent changes in temperature. Winters are cold. Summers are hot and humid. Spring is the wettest season. The normal high is 37°F (3°C) in January and 89°F (32°C) in July. Missouri receives between 34 and 50 inches (86 to 127 cm) of rain each year. The southeast quadrant of the state is the hottest and wettest, the northwest quadrant is the coldest and driest. Pack wet weather gear and dress in layers throughout the year.
Missouri law requires children under 4 years of age and weighing less than 40 pounds (18 kg) be properly secured in a U.S. government approved child safety seat. Booster seats are required for children aged 4 - 7 unless over 80 pounds (36 kg) and 4'9" (1.45 m). Children aged 8 and up must buckle up.