Here are some personal recommendation's and links to help you get around SW Missouri better.

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Historical - my favorites Springfield - general info Branson - info
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Branson Online
Sweeney's Civil War Museum Main tourist spots Vacation Travel
George Washington Carver National Park Springfield, MO Online Branson, MO
Ralph Foster Museum College of the Ozarks Springfield Online Network
My other favorite spots Genealogy
Roaring River State Park Other MO State Parks Greene County Library
Pea Ridge National Military Park Other National Parks
Prairie Grove State Park Other AR State Parks

Personal Recommendations

When possible, visit area during school times, but not dead of winter. Early May and October are best times. August can be terribly humid. Many attractions closed or cut back in dead of winter.

If traveling from I-44 to Branson, take the back roads and enjoy the beauty of the Ozark Hills. In the summer, Branson's main road is usually grid locked. Sneaking into Silver Dollar City from the east is strongly recommended. Summer is worst times for Branson traffic. Much of I-44 runs along old Route 66, so consider getting off and enjoying some small town history.

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World is the number one tourist attraction in the state (even beats the St Louis Arch). Weekday mornings are best time to hit.

Flights into St Louis, Kansas City, or recommended Tulsa, OK are far cheaper than Springfield and each about 4 hours drive from Springfield.

Wilson's Creek usually has cannon firing demonstrations during summer from 1 to 4 pm. But call ahead to ensure they have it scheduled. Also, there is a "major" Civil War re-enactment planned here this year..June 16 thru 18, 2000

Take storms in Missouri seriously. Lightning can be intense and tornado's are always possible. Both are deadly.

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