Lately I have realized that I have the travel bug. I love to travel, always have, but we for the last few years our vacations have come in the form of staycations. Don’t get me wrong, we live in Florida there are tons of places to go — hello, people travel from all over the world to visit Disney!
But I want to explore. I want to see places I have never seen, and introduce my daughters to other climates (i.e. see the leaves change colors and snow). My parents took us on all kinds of adventures across the U.S. when we were kids, and now that my oldest is headed into kindergarten the itch to travel is growing strong.
This summer won’t be the summer for travel for us just yet, baby girl is just starting to drop the morning nap, and until that is comfortably gone two naps a day limits exploration. But next summer, next summer I want to travel — somewhere. I have a mental list of places we need to go – mostly places my parents took us. But I am also open to suggestions.
Today I have been reading about Missouri. Admittedly, not somewhere I previously thought a lot about, but after researching some of the things to see and do I am intrigued.
After exploring some of the things Missouri has to offer traveling families, these are a few things that make the top of my to-do list:
- Family photo opp – the Gateway Arch (plus a tram ride to the top!)
- A narrated riverboat cruise on the Mississippi aboard the Tom Sawyer or Becky Thatcher riverboat.
- The Walt Disney Hometown Museum – this Disney gal couldn’t pass up an opportunity to learn about Walt’s early days.
- Explore Mark Twain’s Caves – You’ve read about them in Tom Sawyer’s adventures, now go explore!
- Two words — Float Trip. (I wasn’t sure what it was either, but I Googled it and now it is a must on my list.
- Tons of kid-friendly museums to enjoy in the “Show Me” state.
- Heartland Dairies, wouldn’t it be fascinating to tour a real, working dairy farm?
- And lots more!
There is still a lot of research to be done, but after researching Missouri the travel bug is itching me even more! To learn more about everything Missouri has to offer like VisitMO on Facebook and follow VisitMO on Twitter.