Branson and Beyond: Three Must-Visit Missouri Day-Trips

Roaring River State Park near Cassville, Missouri.

Roaring River State Park near Cassville, Missouri.

The entertainment capital of the Midwest is always bustling with attractions. When you book your next Global Discovery Vacations trip to Branson, Missouri, you can enjoy the live shows, Silver Dollar City or the Ozark Mountains.

But Branson is also surrounded by unique areas with plenty to offer, so if you want to go against the grain, make a day-trip to these three nearby locations:

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park – Lampe, Missouri (35 minutes southwest of Branson)

Feed the explorer in your family at Dogwood Canyon, a gorgeous terrain for nature enthusiasts. This 10,000 acre paradise of Native American history makes for the perfect setting to hike, bike, or even enjoy a Segway or tram tour. The greens are vibrant and the waterfalls are spectacular. Need a rustic surrounding for an intimate wedding? Dogwood Canyon can accommodate 120 guests in its Hope Wilderness Chapel. To book activities at Dogwood Canyon, call 1-800-225-6343.

Roaring River State Park

Roaring River State Park – Cassville, Missouri (about 50 minutes west of Branson)

This is another fabulous location for outdoor enthusiasts, but it is especially known as a premier trout fishing spot. As one of four state-managed trout parks in Missouri, you can find fishing licenses in the park store and get all the equipment you need. There is even a fillet station so that you can turn your catch-of-the-day into a well-earned meal. Fishing season runs March 1 – October 8.

Springfield, Missouri – (about 50 minutes north of Branson)

Missouri’s third largest city is a great stop for historical attractions (the Air and Military Museum of the Ozarks), entertainment (home of the St. Louis Cardinals AA affiliate, the Springfield Cardinals, and the Dickerson Park Zoo), shopping (headquarters of the world’s biggest Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World) and special interests (Springfield has a multitude of wineries and breweries).

With Branson’s limitless activity and the proximity to so much more, it makes perfect sense to make this your next Global Discovery Vacations trip.

What’s your favorite attraction in Branson? Let us know in the comments!

Photos courtesy of Missouri State Parks.

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.

3 thoughts on “Branson and Beyond: Three Must-Visit Missouri Day-Trips

  1. I have been dreaming of traveling to different US states and recently I have been considering Missouri because of the beautiful images I have seen in travel blogs like this and The Missouri imageries I have seen are just too beautiful that I can’t help including it in my list of dream destinations. I have read about the Ozarks and have collected information about the lodging rates nearby. It would be a real treat if I can go on hiking in the area. If I can bring my friends or family with me, I would surely love to spend a few days in the Silver Dollar City. With their Wilderness Campground, Silver Dollar City seems to be way better than Disneyland.

    • It really is a wonderful vacation destination, one of the gems of the Midwest. You’ve got the natural landscapes, amusement parks and plenty of entertainment in Branson, so it has it all. Let us know your experience if you make it there!

      -Happy Travels

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