From The Lake of the Ozarks To The Kansas City Chiefs
#1 Lake of the Ozarks
The Lake of the Ozarks has got to be the best attraction that the state of Missouri has. Located at the center of Missouri, this premier lake resort offers so many different activities, such as boating, shopping, fishing, golfing and so many different restaurants, recreational activities, and a huge variety of hotels and lodges. All of the attractions at the Ozarks revolve around the beautiful lake that surrounds it and there are many waterfront entertainment to be seen there.
There are not only restaurants and water activities but there is also so many different events that are offered for the first timer and for all return visitors. There are festivals, craft fairs, boat activities and even bird watching. There is always something going on at the Ozarks.
#2 Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs are a team that have so many fans in Kansas City Missouri that are very devoted. I am originally from Texas and Dallas Cowboy fans are very loyal as well but it really made me feel good to find out how much Kansas City loves their Chiefs.
At every game when the Star Spangled Banner is played during a home game, the fans will always yell out “and the home of the Chiefs”! The fans love to do it and the players love the devotion that they feel from their fans.
It made me feel good to learn that after the Sept 11, terrorist attacks in New York, that the Chiefs refrained from yelling at the end of the Star Spangled Banner and instead they chose not to do it in honor of those who died in the attacks for the remainder of the season. On Sept 23, in 2001, the Chiefs were playing a home game against New York Giants and the fans gave the New York Giants a standing ovation, making it the first time in the Chiefs history that the opposing team did not get booed when going out to the field.
#3 Kansas Union Station
Union Station was built in 1914 and originally had 900 rooms. When it was a working station it accommodated thousands of people every year. During WWII, a million people passed through the station. The station had cigar shops, restaurants, barber shops and the nation’s biggest Railway Express Building that was used for shipping mail and freight, and also provided a powerhouse for power and steam.
The station was closed in the 1980’s and barely escaped demolition when in 1996, a historic bi-state initiative passed to pay for the Station’s renovation. Now it is a thriving station once again with popular shopping areas, and a Grand Hall that has a 95 foot ceiling. The Union Station also gets so much traffic from tourists from all over the world to view the historic station as well as the three 3,500 pound chandeliers and the huge clock hanging from the central arch way. Today the station is filled with cafes, restaurants, and unique stores. And you can still catch the Amtrak train there.
Legends is an outlet shopping center in Kansas City that is 1.2 million sq. feet, with tons of shopping outlets and dozens of entertaining centers. There is something for everyone at any age and any price range as well. Some of the countries best retailers have stores at the Outlet such as Adidas, Gap Outlet, Factory Store, Banana Republic, Forever 21 Tommy Hilfiger and Ann Taylor to name a few.
It also has a very popular and fun café called the T-Rex, where dinosaurs come alive against the theatrical settings including, waterfalls ice caves and geysers.
There is also a Smokestack Tower at the center that is 150 feet tall. There is also a Courtyard Fountain that has water that rises about 60 feet in the air. It is definitely a sight to see.
#5 Treasures of the Steamboat Arabia
This museum is so awesome, it is dedicated to a Steamboat that sank way back in 1856 after 6 days of being out in the water. It was carrying tons and tons of merchandise that it was taking to Parkville Missouri.With many passengers and lots of freight the steamboat hit a snag below the surface of the water and the steamboat just disappeared.
After a century had passed when Bob Hawley and his sons set out to find the steamboat armed with maps and metal detectors. They found the steamboat about one-half mile from he edge of the river and 45 ft deep in that sand. It took many attempts to retreat all the merchandise but they retrieved thousands of merchandise from 1856, that is displayed at the museum. The tour through the museum explains all about the adventure while viewing all the merchandise.
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