It’s been said that Missouri is where the South meets the Midwest. Locals proudly embody both American regions, though they may get partial when it comes to pronouncing their home state: whether you say Missour-ee or Missour-ah might mark you as city or country folk, or even a Millennial or a Boomer.
Any way you pronounce it, Missouri knows how to camp. Native sons include Daniel Boone, Mark Twain and Jesse James – and that adventurous spirit lives on in the prosperous land left in their wake. From the gentle slopes of the northern plains to the rolling Ozarks in the south, Missouri offers lush and varied forests, an intricate web of hollowed caves for exploring, and steely blue rivers flush with trout.