18 days in Missouri Itinerary

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Branson
— 4 nights
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Camdenton
— 2 nights
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Eminence
— 2 nights
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Arcadia
— 2 nights
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Saint Louis
— 4 nights
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Kansas City
— 3 nights
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Branson — 4 nights

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Kids will enjoy Silver Dollar City and Runaway Mountain Coaster. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Branson: Springfield (Sequiota Park, Galloway Creek Greenway, &more). The adventure continues: deepen your understanding at Titanic Museum, learn more about the world around you at Prehistoric Fossils, get engrossed in the history at Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, and find something for the whole family at Arcade City.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Branson road trip planning app.

Fort Smith to Branson is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Fort Smith in September; daily highs in Branson reach 82°F and lows reach 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Camdenton.
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Camdenton — 2 nights

Camdenton is a city in Camden County, Missouri, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Barber Fishing Guide Service, explore the fascinating underground world of Stark Caverns, and then Head underground at Bridal Cave. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Warsaw Riverfront & Trails, then play a few rounds at Lake Valley Golf Club, and then admire the majestic nature at Ha Ha Tonka State Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Camdenton online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Branson to Camdenton takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Eminence.
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Eminence — 2 nights

Eminence is a city in Shannon County, Missouri, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alley Spring Grist Mill Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): explore the activities along Greer Spring, then take in the natural beauty of Big Spring, and then admire the sheer force of Rocky Falls Shut-in.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Eminence trip planner.

Getting from Camdenton to Eminence by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September in Eminence, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Arcadia.
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Arcadia — 2 nights

Arcadia is a city in Iron County, Missouri, United States. On the 2nd (Sun), appreciate the views at Arcadia Valley, then admire the majestic nature at Elephant Rocks State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Johnson's Shut-ins State Park, admire the majestic nature at Sam A Baker State Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Silver Mines Recreation Area.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Arcadia trip website.

You can drive from Eminence to Arcadia in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Arcadia are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Saint Louis.
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Saint Louis — 4 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Gateway Arch and Saint Louis Zoo. Get out of town with these interesting Saint Louis side-trips: Zipline (in New Florence), Castlewood State Park (in Ballwin) and Deutschheim State Historic Site (in Hermann). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, immerse yourself in nature at Veterans Honor Park, examine the collection at City Museum, and relax in the rural setting at Grant’s Farm.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Saint Louis driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Arcadia to Saint Louis takes 2 hours. October in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can fly to Kansas City.
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Kansas City — 3 nights

City of Fountains

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Bring the kids along to Room Escape Games and National WWI Museum and Memorial. Change things up with a short trip to Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area in Blue Springs (about 32 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, stop by DelBrenna Jewelry In KC, admire the natural beauty at The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden, and contemplate the long history of Union Station.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kansas City attractions planning website.

Fly from Saint Louis to Kansas City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Kansas City, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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Missouri travel guide

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The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.
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