When to visit:
Missouri’s peak tourist season lasts from late April to mid-October, but there’s outdoor fun to be had all-year. The crowds at the lakes are thickest in mid-summer. Fall constitutes a secondary tourist season in the Ozarks, and is a popular destination for those tired of the summer crowds. Winters are a good time in Missouri as well; this is a state that really puts on the dog around Christmas time. Spring also is a pleasant and little visited season in Missouri. Branson is the off-season tourism hotspot in Missouri, but the tourist season seems to extend itself every year.
State Abbreviation: MO
State Capital: Jefferson City
Largest City: St. Louis
Area: 69,709 square miles (the 21st biggest state in the USA)
Missouri Population: 5,800,310 as of 2005
Industries: farming, mining aircraft equipment, cars, beer
Missouri Rivers: Mississippi River , Missouri River, Osage River
Missouri Lakes: Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock Lake, Clearwater Lake, Lake Wappapello
Highest Point: Taum Sauk Mountain- 1,772 feet above sea-level
Origin of the Name: An Algonquian Indian word that means "river of the big canoes."
State Nickname: The Show Me State
State Motto: The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law
State Song: Missouri Waltz