Applying for a passport should be a simple task that seems to be fraught with frustrations and long waits.
So this summer, stay in Missouri and enjoy a much more rewarding passport program. The Missouri Division of Tourism is offering its new "That's My M-O" passport program. It encourages travelers to visit various locations around the state.
"This is going to be a big summer for travel, and this program gives visitors another reason to explore Missouri," said Stephen Foutes, director of the Division of Tourism.
As we recently reported, hundreds of locations across Missouri are featured, and participants can visit attractions and destinations sorted into five themes: outdoors, food, culture, family fun and sports.
In the Mid-Missouri area, there are more than 10 state parks and historic sites to visit, including Finger Lakes State Park, Harry S Truman State Park and Jefferson Landing State Historic Site.
Other locations travelers can visit in the area are Central Dairy Ice Cream Parlor in Jefferson City, the Capitol and the Missouri State Penitentiary.
The passport program is hosted on a mobile-only platform, so there's no app to download. A user's personal passport is delivered to their mobile device once they've enrolled.
The program showcases a variety of Missouri's travel destinations, including parks, museums, barbecue joints, wineries, golf courses and biking trails.
The announcement of the passport program came last week during this year's National Travel and Tourism Week. The week celebrates the tourism industry and highlights the importance of travel to local, state and national economies.
Missouri's travel industry is supported by more than 250,000 jobs and generated more than $12 billion in taxable sales.
For more details or to register for the program, visit VisitMo.com/passport.
Now that the pandemic is waning, we're looking forward to getting out and seeing people's faces again. Let's start right here in our own state.