Postcards From the Heartland

A Tour Through Missouri’s Picturesque Towns

If you are looking for truly hidden gems, this is the tour for you. Central Missouri is the tapestry of the Real America. Walk in the steps of Winston Churchill; test your nerves on a ghost tour; samples wines at Stone Hill Winery, once the second largest winery in the U.S.; enjoy dinner in a renovated horse stable and start your Branson experience with a Party with the Stars!

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Some of Missouri’s hidden gems are the highlight of this tour, which takes you through charming small towns, a major metro area and one of the world’s best-known hotspots for live entertainment. As you explore this cross-section of the Show-Me State, you’ll walk in the footsteps of Winston Churchill and test your mettle during a ghost tour at a former prison. From there, you’ll sample wines at what was once the second-largest winery in the U.S., see one of the world’s premier wildlife museums and close the night in style during our Branson Party with the Stars and tickets to one of Branson’s premier shows.


Tour Details:

  • Tour departs Branson at 12:00pm (CT) on Thursday, March 9, 2017 (Driving participants)
  • Tour departs Springfield at 1:00pm (CT) on Thursday, March 9, 2017 (Flying participants)
  • Tour ends in Branson Saturday, March 11, 2017
  • Cities include: Lebanon, Jefferson City, Fulton, Hermann, Springfield, & Branson

Key Destinations/Attractions

Lebanon Route 66 Museum

Take a self-guided tour of this museum, which features recreations of a 1950’s gas station and a classic diner, along with displays of antique cars, a collection of Route 66 books, magazines and videos.


Missouri State Penitentiary Ghost Tour

This Missouri State Penitentiary tour discusses the history of the site and talks about strange and unusual occurrences behind the walls. In this tour, guests are guided through Housing Unit 1 (Control Center), A-Hall - the oldest building still standing on the Missouri State Penitentiary site (built in 1868), Dungeon Cells, The Upper Yard, Housing Unit 3 and the Gas Chamber.


National Churchill Museum

At the site of his “Iron Curtain” speech, you will find information and resources describing who Winston Churchill was, what he did during the course of his long life and why his legacy continues to inspire new generations today, fifty years after his death.


Hermann Farm, a German Settlement on the Missouri

Hermann Farm & Museum will consist of five distinct learning areas, all contributing to the historic representation of an early German settlement. These areas include a model vineyard and winery, livestock farm, history houses, stables, wagon works, forge, and a heritage garden.


Stone Hill Winery

Stone Hill Winery in Hermann is one of Missouri’s top tourist attractions and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With a commanding view of the town, the 13-acre complex consists of the stately main building built in 1869, inviting gift shop, 165-year-old arched underground cellars, a fine restaurant and state-of-the-art production facilities that produce over 260,000 gallons of wine. ;


Party with the Stars! Enjoy cocktails and delectable appetizers while mingling with some of Branson’s top entertainers. After the reception, you’ll enjoy an evening of entertainment at your choice of the following theatres: