Kasia Kovacs

Nestled in southwest Missouri, friendly Branson and Springfield offer a true slice of Americana in the Ozark mountains. Branson's live shows, amusement parks, and quirky museums have made it a destination for family vacations, with the 1880s theme park Silver Dollar City almost a municipality in its own right. Just one hour away, Springfield offers a more relaxed atmosphere with leafy neighborhoods, multiple farmer's markets, and a thriving city center. And if you want to take a break from the urban atmosphere, there's nothing better than boating on one of the region's many lakes and rivers in the summertime, or hiking among the vibrant autumn colors of the Ozarks hills.