Located in the Midwestern Region of the United States, Missouri is bordered by Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. Missouri is the 18th most populous state with most of its residents residing in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Columbia. Missouri generally has a humid continental climate with cold winters, and hot and humid summers. In the southern part of the state, the climate borders on a humid subtropical climate. Due to its location in the interior of the United States, Missouri often experiences extremes in temperatures. Without high mountains or oceans nearby to moderate temperature, its climate is ultimately influenced by air from the cold Arctic and the hot and humid Gulf of Mexico.
Originally part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, Missouri was admitted as a slave state in 1821 as part of the Missouri Compromise. It earned the nickname "Gateway to the West" because it served as a departure point for settlers heading to the west. It was the starting point and the return destination of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Today, the state is usually considered part of the Midwest, historically Missouri was sometimes considered a Southern state chiefly because of the settlement of migrants from the South and its status as a slave state before the Civil War.
In 2005, Missouri received 16,695,000 visitors to its national parks and other recreational areas totaling 202,000 acres, giving it $7.41 mil. in annual revenues, 26.6% of its operating expenditures. One of the most popular cities to tour is St. Louis, where visitors can visit national museums and the infamous gateway arch. Find out more information about Missouri by visiting yellow pages.