Destination guide

Adventures worthy of Twain in Missouri

Missouri was the birthplace of author Mark Twain and just like his novels, there's plenty of adventure to be had in the state. The cities of St. Louis and Kansas City have a sophisticated air about them, but outside these metropolises there's a vast and wild land of rolling mountains, steep valleys and open plains. If you bag a Missouri vacation rental out in the country, you can enjoy a slice of authentic Middle America. Think delicious cuisine, hospitable locals and exciting rural adventures. Missouri may not be on most travelers' radars, but when you spend some time here, you'll wonder why not.

Things to do

Missouri is the Gateway to the West

When you're planning which Missouri attractions to see, your best starting point is the Gateway Arch, an iconic structure and viewing platform which symbolizes St. Louis' importance to those who once traveled out West. If you like country music and you've bagged a Missouri vacation rental in the town of Branson, you're in luck. The town calls itself the "live country music capital of the universe", and they're not wrong. While you're there, you can drop into the Silver Dollar City with the kids, where they can get their kicks on the coasters or discover Ozark culture.

Activities

Over 1,000 miles of hiking trails in Missouri

Outside the city, the landscape of plains and national parks provide a playground for outdoor adventures. There are more than 1,000 trails from which to lace up and hike. Alternatively, you can hop on ATVs to race through the state parks. If you like to fish, Missouri's lakes and waterways make for the perfect place to kick back on a sunny afternoon and reel in a big one, while the deliciously refreshing natural swimming holes can be used to cool off in the midday summer sun. If you want a night away from your Missouri vacation rental, consider spending it under stars and canvas. You won't regret it.

Weather

Summer's hottest in Missouri

Summers in Missouri see the biggest influx of vacationers who come to walk the state's trails or discover the capital, St. Louis. The temperature is at its hottest and the state hosts many of its open-air festivities. That said, don't discount the other seasons. While the winters might be long, the short shoulder seasons see temperatures which are much more comfortable and with fewer tourists to contend with, the Missouri vacation rentals' prices dip. Fall is particularly scenic, when the temperature hovers around the 70s and the countryside bursts into myriad colors, while the leaves change to hues of orange and yellow.

Natural features

Over 450 species of wildlife to spot in Missouri

Missouri isn't short of critters, and we're not talking about the backyard kind. When you stay at a Missouri vacation rental outside the city, you'll likely spot some of the 70 mammals which call the woodlands home. Look out for mink, woodchucks and gray foxes which scuttle around the forest floor. Twitchers are spoiled for choice. With more than 400 species of bird recorded, it's not hard to see why they come in their droves. Keep your eyes peeled for redpolls, summer tanagers and Carolina wrens. Just remember to bring your binoculars because you're not going to want to miss a thing.

Can I find a vacation rental around Missouri?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 5,531 vacation rentals near Missouri. From 549 Cabins to 1,606 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Missouri for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Missouri?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Missouri. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Branson: 2,385 vacation rentals
  • Lake of the Ozarks: 1,521 vacation rentals
  • Osage Beach: 1,463 vacation rentals
  • Saint Louis: 559 vacation rentals
  • Kansas City: 410 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Missouri! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Missouri?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Missouri:

  • Branson: 2,385 rentals
  • Osage Beach: 1,463 rentals
  • Saint Louis: 559 rentals
  • Kansas City: 410 rentals
  • Lake Ozark: 1,400 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Missouri?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Missouri are:

  • Branson, MO (PLK-M. Graham Clark - Taney County): 2,389 vacation rentals
  • Kansas City International Airport (MCI): 236 vacation rentals
  • Lambert-Saint Louis International Airport (STL): 527 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Missouri?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Missouri. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Table Rock Lake State Park: 2,322 rentals
  • Silver Dollar City: 1,971 rentals
  • Branson Landing: 2,220 rentals
  • Dogwood Canyon Nature Park: 2,642 rentals
  • Roaring River State Park: 480 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Missouri listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Missouri

Branson
2,385 vacation rentals
Osage Beach
1,463 vacation rentals
Saint Louis
559 vacation rentals
Kansas City
410 vacation rentals
Lake Ozark
1,400 vacation rentals
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Innsbrook
67 vacation rentals
Springfield
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Branson West
2,370 vacation rentals
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Camdenton
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Hermann
55 vacation rentals
Columbia
58 vacation rentals
Kimberling City
2,272 vacation rentals
Table Rock
2,339 vacation rentals
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1,398 vacation rentals
Indian Point
1,771 vacation rentals
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2,035 vacation rentals
Shell Knob
2,074 vacation rentals
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