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Erika Ebsworth-Goold Headshot

Erika Ebsworth-Goold

Erika is two-time Emmy Award–winning former television journalist now writing about travel experiences, culture, wellness, and lifestyle. She's had words with Fodor's, TravelAwaits and Matador Network. When she's not training for her next half-marathon or packing for another trip, you'll find Erika hanging out in her hometown of St. Louis with her husband, teenaged son, and personal zoo, which includes a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and two cats. She is a proud member of both the Society of American Travel Writers and the Midwest Travel Journalists Association.
Spicy or sweet, dry rubbed or sauced, there's an infinite number of takes on our country's beloved backyard classic, barbecue. Missouri's become a big-time pit contender on both sides of its border, with both historic and modern claims to BBQ fame.
On just about any vacation, museums add memorable pops of culture and history. Smaller museums can be just as enriching and enjoyable as their better-known large counterparts. Don't miss standouts like these.
For many of us, our dogs are family. We can't bear to be without them, even on vacation. Fortunately, an increasing number of Midwest hotels and resorts are ready to roll out the red carpet for you and them!
From smash-patties and sliders to crispy cheese curds and chili made with cinnamon, there's something to please every on-the-go palate at these beloved quick-serve spots.