As Memorial Day weekend approaches, the summer traveling season is just around the corner.

Division of Tourism Director Katie Steele Danner says traveler sentiment and planning family vacations are up this year.

Danner recommends that folks take advantage of Missouri’s waterways this season by planning a float trip on one of the state’s many streams or a boating venture on some of Missouri’s lakes. “All indications are that it’s going to be a great summer travel season in Missouri,” she said.

Danner says a few other vacation hot spots this year Missourians and visitors can go to visit are St. Louis, Kansas City, and Branson; which provide amusement and water parks for families to enjoy.

“They can also participate in some activities that are happening at Six Flags, at the downtown area in St. Louis and at the ballpark,” Danner said.

For more information on summer travel hot spots throughout Missouri, visit


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