15 Best Small Towns to Visit in Missouri

A southern Midwestern state in the US, Missouri is sprawling with grassy plains and the forests of the Ozark Mountains. Deeply steeped in the history of the westward expansion, the state is filled with parks, outdoor activities, historic places and museums awaiting your visit.

Head out to explore Missouri’s small towns to experience some good old fashioned Southern charm as you get to know more about this fascinating state.

Lets explore the best small towns to visit in Missouri:

1. Parkville, Missouri

Parkville, Missouri

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Parkville, Missouri

Parkville is located in Platte County, in the northwest part of the state. The town is named after George Park, the man who purchased the steamboat landing on the Missouri River in 1838 and donated land overlooking the Missouri River that would later become Park University. A town with a history dating back to the westward expansion, it is also well known for its antique shops, art galleries and historic downtown buildings.

Take a stroll down Main Street and check out the restaurants and eateries. Parkville also hosts many festivals through the year that are always a fun experience. Check out Christmas on the River, Parkville Days, or the Farmers Market for some wholesome fun. Enjoy some old fashioned sweets at Old Town Sweets and Antiques, a winning combination for all ages. Don’t leave your wallet at the hotel, you’ll need it when you browse Chaos Boutique, a classy, vintage boutique shop.

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15 Best Small Towns to Visit in Missouri:

Rocheport, Missouri - The Katy Trail

  • Parkville, Missouri: flickr
  • Boonville, Missouri: flickr
  • Ste. Genevieve, Missouri: flickr
  • Rocheport, Missouri – The Katy Trail: flickr
  • Fulton, Missouri – Westminster College: flickr
  • Hannibal, Missouri: flickr
  • Weston, Missouri: flickr
  • Hermann, Missouri: flickr
  • Carthage, Missouri: flickr
  • Arrow Rock, Missouri: flickr
  • Kimmswick, Missouri – Windsor Harbor Road Bridge: flickr
  • Cuba, Missouri: flickr
  • Lexington, Missouri: flickr
  • Washington, Missouri – Sunrise Over Missouri River: flickr
  • Branson, Missouri – College of the Ozarks: flickr