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When U.S. Congressman Duncan Vandiver first dubbed Missouri the Show-Me State in 1899, he boasted of its corn, cotton and cocklebur crops. Today, the Show-Me State has much, much more to show off to anyone with the time to take it all in.

From the Gateway Arch soaring a neck-craning 630 feet above the Mississippi River on its eastern flank to Kansas City’s Heart of America Bridge walkway spanning the Missouri River on its western one, Missouri is filled enough with architectural, natural and cultural attractions to keep its citizens busy for weeks on end.

Country music, comfort food and Ozark hillbilly humor rule in Branson, where Silver Dollar City keeps the backwoods crafts alive. A herd of bison roams free in the tall grass at Joplin's Prairie State Park. Lions, tigers, and bears all call the Saint Louis Zoo home.

Our four-season sports calendar includes Cards and Royals baseball, Chiefs football, Blues hockey, and Mizzou Tiger Southeastern Conference basketball and football. The regular hockey season winds down just as the baseball season gears up, so we're never without a team to cheer for!

And museums? Forest Park boasts the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum and the Saint Louis Science Center. Kansas City's Steamboat Arabia Museum has tons of treasure salvaged from a paddleboat that sank in 1856. A restored railroad depot in tiny Marceline houses the Walt Disney Hometown Museum. For sheer weirdness, bragging rights go to Leila's Hair Museum in Independence.

Then there's the beer and wine scene, beginning with Augie Busch's brewery in downtown Saint Louis and the Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City. Weekends in October are the time to wind along the Hermann or Ste. Genevieve Wine Trails and soak up some of the state's most picturesque scenery.

Don't overlook the longest bike trail (and state park) in the U.S. The Katy Trail runs 240 miles from Boone County in the west to St. Charles County in the east. It's paved with crushed rock and gravel, with no more than a 3-percent grade all the way.

If a day riding the Katy inspires us to learn more about Missouri's native grasses and wildflowers, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Shaw Nature Reserve are the places we do it.

In short, the Show-Me State is a show-off state. So why should you spend your time tending your lawn and yard instead of taking it all in? Instead, turn your outdoor jobs over to the Lawn Love pros!

At Lawn Love, we're all about caring for Missouri lawns and yards like ... well, like they're in Missouri. We understand the toll that flood-producing rains, scorching drought, and frigid winters can take on a yard. Our four-season menu of lawn and yard care services covers everything from spring cleanup and summer mowing to winter snow removal.

We'll trim your bushes, clean your gutters and hang your holiday lights! So get out there, enjoy Missouri and let the experts handle your yard chores from the ground up!


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