A Great Plains state, Missouri has a continental climate with regional variations. Temperatures in Kansas City and St. Louis range from just below zero degrees (C) in January to 25 in July. Snowfall averages 50cm in the north and 25cm in the southeast. Temperatures in the spring are usually in the low teens in March and warm up April through June. April through August are the wettest months. By mid-September things begin to cool down and fall can be delightful. Missouri is in tornado alley and March through May is the peak tornado season.
When to fly to Missouri
Summer is hot in Missouri, but it's also peak tourist season as school is out and families are vacationing. Missouri flights and accommodations book up fast during the summer months, but many of the top attractions hold summer hours and are open longer for tourists. Spring is also a high travel season in Missouri and is sometimes host to the NCAA Basketball tournament.
Winters are cold in the midwest, but cheap flights to Missouri can easily be found during this time. Many tourist attractions keep shorter hours during the winter months.
Getting around Missouri
Missouri is easy to get around. Local Missouri flights are available from St. Louis to other cities and counties in the state. Travellers booking flights to Missouri should consider renting a car for travel throughout the state. The highway systems are easy to navigate and parking is easy to come by in the city.
Those tourists staying in St. Louis can take the newly developed Tram around the city to the main tourist attractions.
Missouri insider information
- Take a trip to the Elephant Rocks State Park and follow the trail to the gargantuan granite rocks which were created over a billion years ago when hot magma cooled and formed the crystalline red granite into imposing elephant-like rocks. The biggest rock is 8 metres high, weighs 680 tons and is aptly named Dumbo.
- Nicknamed the “Cave State”, Missouri has around 5,500 caves beneath its surface. If you have to pick just one to visit, which is probably wise, then the Mark Twain Cave is the most interesting one to explore.
- Head to St Louis and visit its famous landmark, the Gateway Arch which was designed in 1966 by Eero Saarinen. Then take a five-minute walk to the Soulard Neighbourhood where you’ll find the city’s best blues clubs and nightlife. If you find yourself yearning for more then head to a bar in one of the restored 19th-century warehouses at the Laclede’s Landing entertainment district.
- Beer lovers should pay a visit to the Anheuser-Busch brewery which was set up in the in the 1860s and offers tours of the historic 1885 Clydesdale stable, the 1892 Brew House and the packaging plant. The highlight of the tour is at the end when samples of different brews are passed around.
- Set on 79 acres of land, the Missouri Botanical Garden is well worth a visit. You can stroll the Seiwa-en Japanese garden or see the world's first geodesic dome rainforest-greenhouse. There’s also an 1882 brick conservatory with camellias and a spectacular sculpture garden designed by Carl Milles.
- Most people would think of going to the ballet in cities like New York or London, but Kansas? In recent years the Kansas City Ballet has earned a reputation as one of the best ballet organizations in the nation. So be sure to catch a performance while you’re there, particularly one of their contemporary performances by local newcomers.
- Some of the greatest Jazz musicians got their start in Kansas City and the historic 18th and Vine district is a great place to enjoy some live jazz at the Blue Room, "play drums" at the interactive American Jazz Museum or visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
- While in Kansas City, visit any kitchen for some of the best barbecue in the nation.