3 days in Missouri & Ozark Mountains Itinerary

3 days in Missouri & Ozark Mountains Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Branson
— 1 day
Drive
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Ponca
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint Louis
— 1 night
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Branson

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get great views at College of the Ozarks and then cool off at Silver Dollar City.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Branson journey planner.

Fort Lauderdale to Branson is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Fort Lauderdale in October, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Branson: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ponca.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Theme Parks
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Ponca

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stroll through Lost Valley Trail and then trek along Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ponca online holiday planner.

You can drive from Branson to Ponca in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Ponca

Trails · Outdoors · Parks
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Saint Louis

— 1 night

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.
On the 10th (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Saint Louis road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ponca to Saint Louis takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

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Missouri travel guide

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Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
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.