Missouri is at peak fall color so those of you who have a day or two before or after the conference may want to explore the area.
Just 20 minutes out of the city is the awesome and incredibly fun Laumeier Sculpture Park...
If you can't find the time to make the actual trip in person, it's definitely worth taking a look at their collection online.
Missouri wine country is a fairly
well kept secret. However, prior to prohibition,
Missouri was the second largest state for wine production in the
country (NY was #1). The industry took a while to recover but has been growing steadily in the past few years. The country side is beautiful and you may find yourself surprised at the quality of some of the wines. If you have time for only one place - I suggest Hermann, Missouri.
If you are interested in outdoor recreation, hiking, or exploring the A little further Southwest is the Missouri Ozarks region. Two of America’s clearest and most beautiful spring-fed rivers make up the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, the first national park area to protect a wild river system.