From award-winning Executive Producer Brandon Wade, Travel America hosted by D.J. Rockette is an on-going travel web series promoting tourism, attractions and destinations. Providing a platform for the best of tourism in America, both on and off the beaten path.
"Every city has a story, and every story deserves to be told."
Possible Episodes for Season 1
We are producing just 6 episodes for Season 1 which will be chosen based upon sponsorship support.
Season 1, Episode 1 – Joplin
The first episode of the show is set to film in Joplin, MO. As a crossroads of culture, the city is located in the beautiful Ozarks of Southwest Missouri. After rebuilding from the catastrophic EF5 tornado in May, 2011, this city of inspiration serves as a hub for artists, innovators, entrepreneurs and citizens who embody the humble and kind spirit of the Midwest. With attractions including the George Washington Carver National Monument, a historical museum complex, and countless floating and camp sites, there are as many historical spots as there are recreational. Conveniently located between Wichita, Oklahoma City, Fayettville, and Kansas City, the “Four States” city is more than just a destination. It’s both a historical and significant gem of the Midwest.
Season 1, Episode 2 – St. Charles
West of St. Louis lies St. Charles, a river city of historical significance, beautiful sites, friendly people, and an experience without the hustle and bustle you find in bigger cities. Upon being founded, the city served as a launch pad for adventurers journeying Westward to Oregon, Washington and California. The city would continue to grow into a premier riverfront destination with almost one million visitors each year. With attractions including the Lewis and Clark Rendezvous site, Missouri’s First State Capitol, the origin of the Boone’s Lick Trail, the home of Daniel Boone and The Katy Trail State Park, the longest developed rail-trail in the country. The Main Street shopping district is Missouri’s largest historical district, welcoming visitors since 1769.
Season 1, Episode 3 – Jefferson City
When you enter Missouri’s capital, it’s beauty shines not only through its natural landscape which includes the majestic Missouri River and tree lined bluffs, but also through the many historic buildings and distinct landmarks. Apart from the treasured museums, fine cuisine, dainty boutiques and beautiful parks, the city is home to The Missouri State Capitol, Supreme Court Building, and Governor’s Mansion. Jefferson City’s downtown is embroidered with vibrant art, a multitude of local shops, and the finest of dinner theaters. Resting on the northern edge of the Ozark Plateau and south of the Missouri River, Missouri’s capitol proves to be a remarkable community embedded in the heart of the Midwest.
Season 1, Episode 4 – Hannibal
Hannibal is best known for it’s most famous resident Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain. Hannibal even served as the inspiration for the settings of Mark Twain’s most beloved novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Readers have come to adore the characters from his classics, many of which were based on real people Twain came across while growing up in Hannibal. The city is just as lively as it is historic with a treasure trove of unique breweries, restaurants & pubs. Hannibal’s natural beauty also makes it attractive to outdoor activities of all kinds, including hiking, biking, and boating with easy access to lakes and the Mississippi River. With all of the great outdoor activities, literary history and a downtown made up of wildly-unique shops, there is no doubt why the city earned it’s nickname “America’s Hometown”.
Season 1, Episode 5 – Kansas City
There’s more to Kansas City than meets the eye. Offering everything from engaging live music, professional sports, history, shopping, and 100’s of fountains, the city continuously dazzles and inspires generations to come. Kansas City is where a young Walt Disney would create his first animation company and Count Basie would master his craft. Home to the nationally recognized World War I Museum, the Kansas City Chiefs & Royals teams, Worlds of Fun amusement park, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Westport shopping and restaurant district, there’s something here for all ages.
Season 1, Episode 6 – Columbia
Built upon the forested hills and rolling prairies of Mid-Missouri, Columbia is the 4th most populated city in the state. Whether you want to get in touch with nature, immerse yourself in culture and arts, or simply enjoy a delicious meal, Columbia offers endless possibilities. Home to the University of Missouri-Columbia, the atmosphere can be described as youthful, energetic, and refreshing. Downtown Columbia offers many authentic specialty stores, galleries, museums, and a wide variety of festivals throughout the year. Columbia is also home to Stephens College, the second oldest female educational establishment that is still a women’s college in the United States.
Season 1, Episode 7 – Lake of the Ozarks
Conveniently located in the heart of Missouri, and more miles of shoreline than the coast of California, The Lake of the Ozarks is the Midwest’s premier destination for lake fun.
Visitors have a number of outdoor activities to enjoy; from world class boating, golfing, fishing or spelunking. There are a multitude of options when it comes to lodging, restaurants and shopping available to any sort of budget. Lake of the Ozarks trips are defined by the lake, it’s waterfront activities, restaurants, recreational and entertainment venues.
Season 1, Episode 12 – St. Louis / Arch Opening
Home of the 1904 World’s fair, Cardinals baseball, Blues hockey, the Anheuser-Busch brewery and The Arch there is a lot going on in St. Louis. The iconic, 630-ft. Gateway Arch, honors the early 19th-century explorations of Lewis & Clark and America’s westward expansion. From world-class free to the public institutions like the St. Louis Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum and Science Center to beautiful natural and recreational areas such as the sprawling and illustrious Forest Park, it is clear that there’s something special in store for everyone.
With an abundance of music and nightlife in St. Louis, venues across the city offer everything from St. Louis’ traditional Blues and Jazz to today’s favorite musical genres.