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In addition to the beauty of nature’s handiwork, Missouri has a splendor all its own. Kansas City’s population has a style and attitude that are conducive to both embracing and escaping big-city life — be it for a weekend or more. In addition to the state-of-the-art Kansas City Convention Center, the city boasts an eight-block restaurant and entertainment district, renovated hotels and an expansive arena — all within walking distance to the convention center.

Located along the Mississippi River, St. Louis is another exceptional option for meetings and events. The venues in the region are first rate — blending the Midwest’s small-town atmosphere and big-city amenities with attractions and activities to accommodate everyone. As a modern, thriving community, the city constantly enhances its offerings, resulting in venues that make an indelible mark on both attendees and events.

For those who are traveling from farther away, St. Louis is considered a premier meeting destination due to its central location within a world-class transportation system. Plus, its compact convention corridor is walkable, making it easy to connect with colleagues throughout downtown.

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6 Places to Check Out

  1. Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium, Springfield
    Spanning 350,000 square feet, Wonders of Wildlife takes you on a journey through immersive habitats that share the story of America’s conservationists throughout history and today. The experience celebrates those who act as stewards of the land and water.
  2. Union Station Kansas City, Kansas City
    This train station is a landmark that was renovated and reopened to the public in 1999. It features a science center, touring exhibitions, an extreme screen theatre, a planetarium, a live theatre, teambuilding activities, shops, restaurants and private group buyouts.
  3. Cave Vineyard Winery & Distillery, Genevieve
    Start your visit in the tasting room on top of Saltpeter Cave. Sample award-winning wines made from grapes grown just a few feet away. Then drink the spirits and craft beer made on site. Rent The Brandy Room, The Winery Loft, The Pavilion or The Cave for your next outing.
  4. Branson Ferris Wheel, Branson
    In 1893, an observation wheel was designed for the Chicago World’s Fair as America’s answer to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. A hundred years later, it appeared at Navy Pier in Chicago, providing nearly 17 million rides. Now you can visit in Branson.
  5. Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, Independence
    The museum is the presidential library and resting place of Harry S. Truman, the 33rd U.S. president, and his family. The museum and its exhibitions were recently renovated, the largest update since opening its doors in 1957.
  6. Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale
    Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, created Big Cedar Lodge as a unique, secluded lakeside getaway to connect in the great outdoors. Adaptable meeting rooms can accommodate up to 1,000 people. And check out Thunder Ridge Nature Arena, the lodge’s top-tier amphitheater showcasing the beauty of the Ozark Mountains.