A heron enjoys a pond in Bolivar, MO
Southwest Missouri Ozarks
A trip Southwest Missouri often means a visit to Branson for all the theaters and attractions, or a stop in Springfield for a Cardinal's baseball game or at Bass Pro Shops.
Springfield is the state's third largest city, where you can catch live shows, stroll art galleries, enjoy a vibrant club scene, and choose from more than 800 dining options. There's plenty of retail shopping, and a host of antique shops and flea markets.
History is still alive in Springfield, with museums, Historic Commercial Street, and nearby Civil War sites. The town has it's share of ghost stories, and places you can look for haunts.
Springfield is an easy drive to many of the Missouri's recreational rivers, lakes and forests. The surrounding towns of Ozark, Nixa, Republic, Battlefield, Strafford and Marshfield also have attractions worth a look.
Branson probably needs no introduction: live shows, water parks, museums, ziplines and endless shopping make it a great vacation destination. There are also limitless recreational outdoor adventures to be had, and nearby towns of Reeds Spring, Forsyth, Kimberling City, Walnut Shade and Shell Knob have attractions worth the short drive.
Branson has access to Table Rock Lake, Bull Shoals Lake and Lake Taneycomo, three of the beautiful lakes of the Ozark Mountains.
An hour away from either town, you're deep into the Ozark Mountains. An easy day trip lets you hike, bike, ride horseback, antique hunt, visit some old mills, or float a river.