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Missouri Tourism Releases 2008 Vacation Planner

Missouri Tourism Releases 2008 Vacation Planner

New Travel Guide Features Dream Vacations, Fish and Game, Wow Town-KC,

Missouri Murals, Border War and Ethnic Sites

Jefferson City, Mo., November 30, 2007 — It’s time to make next year’s travel plans with the 2008 Official Missouri Vacation Planner, just released by Missouri Tourism.  More than 180 pages detail the state’s comprehensive roster of attractions, vacation activities and accommodations, from aquariums to zoos and everything between.  It’s Missouri top to bottom – no other publication compares.

Special sections in the 2008 Planner spotlight Kansas City’s midtown-to-downtown makeover and celebrate 10 select communities where dream vacations await.  The tragic Bushwhacker-Jayhawker conflict of the 1850s and ‘60s gets feature treatment, including a guide to Border War historic sites on both sides of the Missouri-Kansas line.  The new Planner lets each of Missouri’s five vacation regions brag about its hunting and fishing opportunities and its parade of splendid murals, both old and new.  Other features tell stories of immigrant and ethnic communities around the state and trumpet the beauty of Missouri’s state park system.  Everything is vividly displayed in the most colorful Vacation Planner to date.

The best images from more than 700 snapshots entered in Missouri Tourism’s 2007 photography contest receive special attention.  This year, all four winners are hometown Missourians.  Grand prize winner Virginia Wright of Gravois Mills captured a father and son team reeling in an Osage River catfish.  Runner-up images included a serene view of old Dillard’s Mill on Huzzah Creek, the work of Susan Standish of Chesterfield; a very young fisherwoman and her sunfish catch snapped by Rebecca Limback of Warrensburg; and a fashionable Civil War reenactor caught by Marthasville shutterbug Cindy Gladden.  Other worthy photos submitted for the contest appear throughout the Planner.

Free copies of the 2008 Official Missouri Vacation Planner are available at Missouri chambers of commerce, convention and visitors bureaus, state Welcome Centers and Affiliate Welcome Centers.  Copies may be ordered by telephone at 800-519-4800 or at the Missouri Tourism Web site,  The Web Site also features an online version of the Vacation Planner and connects browsers to travel promotions, shopping and getaway guides, and intriguing glimpses of Missouri history and culture.