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Experience the history and beauty of the Ozarks >> Travel & Leisure mariwinn
The entrance to Smallin Cave in Christian County, Missouri is seen from several hundred yards within. by Mari Winn Taylor Six miles south of Springfield near the town of Ozark is a cave that ...more

Japanese festival: 結構 (splendid) >> Travel & Leisure mariwinn
Two boys demonstrate their skill at Japanese yo-yo during the 2014 Japan Day in Central Park in New York City. by Mari Winn Taylor The weather was spectacular for the 2014 Japan Day that took ...more

Passion Play stirs audiences in Eureka Springs >> Travel & Leisure mariwinn
The audience at the Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Arkansas watches as Jesus is surrounded by his loyal followers. By Mari Winn Taylor Not everyone may be able to take advantage of an ...more

Quilt museum elevates craft to art form >> Travel & Leisure sedwards
Port of Cassis, France as seen through the camera lens, at left, and as interpreted by a quilter's needle, at right PADUCAH, KY - At the National Quilting Museum there's a strict rule about not ...more

Springfield capitalizes on Hickok gunfight >> Travel & Leisure s-wade
Springfield, Mo. – The nation’s first one-on-one quick draw duel took place on Springfield's town square between J.B. “Wild Bill” Hickok and Davis K. Tutt, on July 21, 1865. The City is bringing ...more

Arkansas travel guide is now available >> Travel & Leisure crdrew
The 2012 Ozark Gateway Visitors Guide, an annual publication providing information about attractions and activities in the eight-county Ozark Gateway region: Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, ...more

Ste. Genevieve restaurant garners 3-diamond award >> Travel & Leisure staff
The Ste-Geneviève (French spelling), Missouri area is a must see for travelers looking for an out of the ordinary side trip from St. Louis; just take I-55 south. The town, circa 1735, among other ...more

Evacuation from Egypt >> Travel & Leisure jimc
We first flew into Amman, Jordan where we had someone in the airport waiting for us with our name on a sign. The tour company representative expedited us through baggage, passport control, and ...more

Native American/African connection is explored >> Travel & Leisure ascott
Radmilla Cody, a Navajo/African was the first bi-racial Miss Navajo. She was crowned in 1998. (Photo courtesy of John Running) A groundbreaking exhibition exploring the shared history between ...more

New tram service/ phone guide at Springfield parks >> Travel & Leisure s-wade
Springfield – The Springfield-Greene County Park Board, in partnership with Friends of the Garden, will begin offering a new guide-by-cell service to visitors at Nathanael Greene and Close Memorial ...more

Flying is life changing, says Joplin pilot >> Travel & Leisure mariwinn
Above at right, Adam Fast, an officer of the Joplin Flyers, prepares to board the club's 1978 Piper Archer II craft. At right, a glimpse at avionics for the Piper Archer II includes: N/A N/A ...more

Springfield CVB keeps ahead of the curve >> Travel & Leisure s-wade
The Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau is the first in Missouri to develop a destination-specific app to enhance visitors’ experiences. The new, cutting-edge, WAY COOL Springfield mobile phone ...more

Missouri cave closures to protect bat colonies >> Travel & Leisure staff
Infected bat is shown. (Photo courtesy of the US Fish & Wildlife Service) The summer is a time when the coolness of caves becomes a consideration in planning an outing. "The recent report of ...more

Oviedo: cider, Woody Allen and lots of history >> Travel & Leisure staff we go a-wandering...traveling is the delight of the soul... Travelogue by Chris Ciolli Asturias is the only region of Spain I’ve visited that immediately brings Ireland to mind. ...more

A glimpse at the Emerald Isle >> Travel & Leisure staff
MALAHIDE CASTLE Travelogue by Chris Ciolli A stone’s throw, or rather a short train ride from Dublin, is Malahide Castle and its 250 acres of greenery. The expanse of lawn, formal gardens, and ...more

An off-season visit to Barcelona, Spain >> Travel & Leisure staff we go a-wandering...traveling is the delight of the soul... Barcelona’s garden mazeby Chris Ciolli Early spring in Barcelona somehow always brings me back to my Missouri roots. While ...more

Walnut Ridge offers unique dining experience >> Travel & Leisure crdrew
There are many restaurants in caves, restaurants on rafts, restaurants in churches, restaurants in bank vaults, and restaurants in tents. But only a handful of cities and towns in the world can boast ...more

Travel suggestion: See viewing of Titanic >> Travel & Leisure chapman
If anyone is looking for a novel way to spend a day during the holidays with visiting friends or relatives, then he or she should consider a trip to the Titanic in Branson. The visit before January ...more

Driving the Jefferson Highway >> Travel & Leisure mariwinn
Gary Augustine and Mike Conlin, L-R, are shown alongside the motor home that they drove down the Jefferson Highway, stopping overnight recently in Carthage. With all the hoopla about Route 66 few ...more

Eureka Springs artists plan fall studio tour >> Travel & Leisure studio8
Eureka Springs, AR - Several artists in Eureka Springs invite you into their private studios for the 4th Annual Studio Tour, September 25-27, 2009. This free 3-day event is timed for participants to ...more

Catch and eat your fish in historic Calico Rock >> Travel & Leisure staff
Legends abound. One says that when an early explorer of Arkansas' White River Valley came upon a beautiful limestone bluff, he named it "the Calico Rocks" because it reminded him of the fabric at the ...more

Life in Nicaragua - a student's viewpoint >> Travel & Leisure staff
A group of Nicaraguan children surround Courtney Holtz during her recent mission trip. Holz visited areas where the children were terrified of seeing a white person for the first time. Courtney ...more

Take a safari in North America >> Travel & Leisure mnudel
For those vacationers without the time or money it takes to safari in Africa or an equally distant place the US Fish & Wildlife Services (FWS) suggests traveling to one of the national wildlife ...more

Where to go in the Ozarks >> Travel & Leisure admin2
Art, music and cave exploration make Mountain View, AR a great weekend getaway. Wright Pillow, woodturner and Beverly Wilhite, painter are two of the new artists that will be part of the Off ...more

Missouri River trail website is launched >> Travel & Leisure hfoster
JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Matt Blunt today launched an Internet site for the Missouri River Lewis and Clark Water Trail, which at 550 miles will be the longest river water trail in the country, ...more

1,000 comics items are added to Oklahoma museum >> Travel & Leisure admin2
The Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection (OCC) recently has added 1,000 newly donated comics related materials. Most of the materials were the donations of Jon Suter, a former librarian at East Central ...more

Backpacking for the young at heart >> Travel & Leisure mwes44
In 21 days Mike and Sue Westfall of Joplin backpacked Europe last summer visiting these eight countries: Scotland (Edinburgh), England, France, Belgium, Netherlands (Amsterdam), Germany, ...more

Titanic legend continues in Branson >> Travel & Leisure mariwinn
A rendition of the 46,328 ton Titanic, built half-scale to her original size, is moored on about three acres at the corner of 76 Country Blvd. and Highway 165 in the heart of Branson. A crew from ...more

Safety of amusement rides is government concern >> Travel & Leisure terri-d
JEFFERSON CITY - The Division of Fire Safety within the Department of Public Safety is gearing up for the start of another amusement ride season. Since 1997 the Division has been tasked with ...more

Neosho Fish Hatchery: the economics of its trout >> Travel & Leisure springer
All things spiritual rise. Any ardent angler can testify to the spiritual nature of a rising rainbow trout, the fish named for its iridescent pinkish-red stripe. Even its early scientific name made ...more

Earl's Court: a slice of London life >> Travel & Leisure corie
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” I read that on the poster that hung on the wall of my flat almost every time I walked through the front door. The living room window ...more

Venice and Florence--adventures in Italy >> Travel & Leisure mariwinn
People find living in Venice, Italy quite challenging. Over 100 canals link 117 small islands. Floods caused by high tides regularly inundate the area. But when the weather cooperates, the ...more

Hello from the Riviera >> Travel & Leisure mariwinn
On the road--the editor's travels part 3 ...onward to the French Riviera. Most of the shots were taken from the car. The sun evaded us again, suggesting that France was not the country to ...more

Normandy honors those who served in WWII >> Travel & Leisure mariwinn
On the road--the editor's travels part 3 Arriving at Charles de Gaulle Airport near Paris on a Sunday was quite nightmarish. My traveling companion and I had no idea how to get to our hotel on ...more

Dublin, a city in transition >> Travel & Leisure mariwinn
On the road--the editor's travels part 2 Welcome to Dublin, Ireland described by many as the "richest happiest city in Europe." After a period of rapid economic growth since joining the European ...more

Our big adventure in Thailand >> Travel & Leisure nuevomex
We were handed the following Tips for Trekkers: Watch for low hanging branches Getting on and off can be tricky, as the [animals] sometimes bend down at odd angles--call for assistance if ...more

Cuba sí, Castro quien sabe >> Travel & Leisure mariwinn
Fortunate to be a part of the group from Missouri Southern State University that had a government license to visit Cuba, we offer these views of life under Castro. The vibrant, colorful, ...more






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