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The 10 Best BBQ Joints in America

In the land of the free and the home of the brave, nothing tickles the taste buds quite like barbecue. BBQ capitals like Kansas City and Memphis are well represented on our list, but America’s love affair with smoked meat is quite clearly a national preoccupation.

Being Jewish in Bible-Belt Branson

I love live music, and am in Branson, Missouri, the “Live Music Show Capital of the World,” where they offer one hundred shows a day. My goal is to fit in as many shows as I can over a long weekend, and so far in two days I’ve seen five. Near the end of every show, the performers sing a few hymns or gospel songs. That’s the kind of music I like best, but I’m feeling a little guilty about it because I’m Jewish.

Plan My Trip: Kansas City

The latest in the ongoing series in which the editors of Traveler Magazine take travel suggestions from readers… Read more reader suggested itineraries here. This week, I’m taking my history-teacher boyfriend on a road trip around Kansas City, from Abilene, Kansas, to Independence, Missouri, and everything in between (for all you history buffs out there,…

I Heart My City: Sara’s St. Louis, Missouri

Hey there, city-lovers! St. Louis, Missouri, is often overshadowed by other Midwest metropolises like Chicago, but Sara Arnold tells us why the Gateway to the West is a must-visit. Want to see your city on IT? Copy and paste our list of fill-in-the-blank questions into an e-mail, fill in your answers, and send your responses…

Throw Them Rolls!

I take great pride having roots in the Midwest. Unfortunately, the to-dos of everyday life keeps me from visiting Missouri as often as I’d like, but every once in a while I run across something that truly makes me miss the kindheartedness–and sometimes quirkiness–of the folks who live in middle America. Case in point: Lambert’s…

Corncob Pipe and a Button Nose

If you’ve ever wondered where Frosty the Snowman might have got his corncob pipe, fear not: IT has the answer. The Missouri Meerschaum Company is the world’s largest and oldest manufacturer of corncob pipes. Meerschaum has been making Frosty’s famous pipes in Washington, Missouri, since 1869. The company was founded by Dutch immigrant Henry Tibbe.…