Bordered by eight states, Missouri is the eighteenth most populous state in the country, inhabited by more than six million people. In addition to its forested Ozark Mountains; verdant plains; vibrant, urban cities, like St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia; the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, and 6,000-plus caves, the Show Me State is home to the Gateway Arch—the largest manmade monument in the United States and symbolic portal to the West—and is celebrated for its roots in ragtime, blues, and jazz. If you plan to take locum tenens assignments in Missouri, read on to learn about just a few of the one-of-a-kind experiences you could enjoy during your free time.
- Enjoy the rarified air (and aerial views) in St. Louis. Gateway Helicopter Tours gives locals and visitors alike the chance to glimpse many of the city’s landmarks from a unique vantage point. Its Deluxe Tour, which is approximately 18 to 20 minutes in duration, features the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Gateway Arch, Forest Park landmarks—such as the Muny Opera and St. Louis Zoo—the Chain of Rocks Lock and Dam, and other breathtaking sites. The tour company is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or later, and reservations are not necessary. Cost: $150 per person. (Off-the-beaten-path private flights are available for $600 per hour, but unlike tours, they must be booked well in advance.)
- Cave in to your curiosity and go spelunking. While Branson is widely renowned for its music scene and myriad entertainment options, the Live Entertainment Capital of the World is also home to a range of opportunities for outdoor adventurers and thrill seekers, such as Marvel Cave’s Lantern Light Tour. For an experience that could have been ripped from the pages of a Mark Twain novel, tour members carry lanterns, descend 500 feet, and have about an hour and a half to investigate. While there is evidence to support that the cave was discovered by Spanish explorers in 1541, its first recorded expedition occurred more than 300 years later. Tours take place between March 15 and January 1 and are limited to 20 people. Cost: $12 per person, plus tax.
- Sign up for Kauffman Stadium’s Grand Slam Tour. Baseball enthusiasts can experience Kansas City’s “The K” like a royal (pun intended) when they make a reservation for this two-hour excursion. From the comfort of a golf cart limo, tour-goers enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the press box, dugout, interview room, Royals Hall of Fame, Outfield Plaza, and Kia Diamond Club—as well as other exclusive sites—and receive a KC Royals’ autographed baseball. During the off-season—November 4, 2017 through March 24, 2018—the tour will be offered on select dates from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Cost: $55 each for adults with a two-ticket minimum.
To learn more about locum tenens opportunities in Missouri or other parts of the country, speak with a knowledgeable Medicus Healthcare Solutions recruiter today.