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Trip to the Ozarks: St. Louis to Blanchard Springs, AR

St. Louis – Lake of the Ozarks – Branson – Eureka Springs – Blanchard Springs Caverns
Trip Length
6-10 days
Route Distance
505 mi
Stops
5

From sweeping landscapes filled with natural landmarks to exciting cities, the Ozarks have been a popular vacation destination for over 100 years. This week-long trip allows you to explore rushing waterfalls, glittering springs, rocky landforms, and underground caves. This trip begins in St. Louis, a city packed with great attractions and a vibrant food and art scene. Then, you'll drive a few hours to Branson, a nature-filled city great for outdoor enthusiasts and music lovers alike. Afterwards, take a full day to explore the 1,100+ miles of shoreline at Lake of the Ozarks. Travel through the Ozark Mountains to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and its sparkling mineral springs. Blanchard Springs Cavern in the Ozarks National Forest is the final stop on this road trip. This RV trip will not disappoint, with its balance of nature and urban stops.

Who Will Love This Trip
Everyone – whether you're a nature lover, boater or enjoy spending time listening to country music, you'll be delighted with this journey. Be prepared to walk a fair amount in the cities and nature areas.
Stop 1: St. Louis, MO
1-2 day stay
Description - St. Louis

St. Louis, also known as the "Gateway to the West," is a lively city in eastern Missouri featuring exciting attractions, spirited sports fans, and one of the best blues music scenes anywhere. While you can use a car to get around this metropolis, ample public transportation at relatively low cost can help you explore St. Louis. Let AdventureGenie help you plan your stop in the eclectic city of St. Louis!

Top Things to Do - St. Louis

Here are some of the most popular things to see and do in St. Louis:

Gateway Arch – The most famous landmark in St. Louis, the Gateway Arch is also the tallest U.S.-manufactured monument at 630 feet tall. You can learn about the history of the Arch, including how it was built. Tram tours and a museum are available onsite.

Busch Stadium – Join St. Louis sports fans and catch a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game.

St. Louis Train Station – Originally opened in 1894, this train station played an important role as the main gateway to the 1904 World’s Fair. Now, the train station features entertainment options, such as rides, shows, and more. Much of the original building is intact, including the green terracotta bricks and elaborate carpentry, so you can almost visualize the original building.

Six Flags – Don’t miss the exciting American Thunder, Big Kahuna, or Colossus rides at this top amusement park in St. Louis.

Forest Park– This wonderful 1,371-acre urban park was the site of the 1904 World's Fair. It offers many free activities, including the Art Museum, Zoo, History Museum, and Muny Theater. There are also 7.5 miles of hiking, biking, and jogging trails.

City Museum – Imagine a giant indoor playground for kids and adults with trampolines, slides, a Ferris wheel, caves, a treehouse, an indoor train, as well as interesting and historic art installations – this is the City Museum. A wonderful place to spend a few hours!

St. Louis, MO Activities
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Live Music
  • Ice Skating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Museums
  • Art Galleries
  • Amusement Parks
  • St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)
  • St. Louis Rams (NFL)
RV Campgrounds Near St. Louis, MO

There are many campgrounds in and near St. Louis. Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park is a good state park campground option. Let AdventureGenie help you find a great campground for exploring the St. Louis area!

Stop 2: Lake of the Ozarks, MO
1-2 day stay
Description - Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks is the biggest dam-made lake in the U.S., with over 54,000 acres and 1,100 miles of shoreline. It’s known as the Missouri Dragon because of its serpentine shape – a result of the damming of four nearby rivers across four counties. Its original purpose was to provide hydroelectric power to surrounding areas, but today it has become a wonderful vacation destination. The lake, with its craggy and cove-filled shoreline, is ideal for boating, fishing and water sports. Lake of the Ozarks is one of the most visited lakes in Missouri and surrounding states with over three million visitors each year. There are many campgrounds and towns around the lake. Fans of the TV show Ozarks will be sadly disappointed since most of the show was filmed in Georgia! From fishing to boat excursions and wineries, there is plenty to do in the Lake of the Ozarks area. Let AdventureGenie help you plan your RV trip to the Lake of the Ozarks!

Top Things to Do - Lake of the Ozarks

Below are a few popular activities to do at and near the Lake of the Ozarks:

Miller County Museum – Learn about the history of Miller County, one of the counties in which the city of Lake of the Ozarks resides. This museum has a large exhibit on genealogy, which will give you a fantastic opportunity to trace your genealogical roots and family tree.

Big Surf Waterpark – Don’t miss the Wave Pool, Raging Rapids, or Lazy River at this kid-friendly attraction. This water park is an ideal way to cool down on hot summer days.

Lake of the Ozarks State Park – This small cove offers various outdoor recreation opportunities. You can swim, fish, picnic, hike, horseback ride, and more in this park. This park is next to the Lake of the Ozarks, offering easy access to the water for recreational purposes.

Golf Courses – Choose among 13 golf courses in the area. Some of the courses were designed by Arnold Palmer and Tom Weiskopf. If you have golf lovers in the family, make time to play at least one course.

Lake of the Ozarks, MO Activities
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Water Sports
  • Museums
  • Waterparks
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Golf
RV Campgrounds Near Lake of the Ozarks, MO

Lake of the Ozarks State Park has 159 RV-friendly campsites with some hook-ups. Private campgrounds are scattered around the lake. Let AdventureGenie help you find the perfect campground for exploring Lake of the Ozarks.

Stop 3: Branson, MO
1-3 day stay
Description - Branson

When people think of Branson, Missouri, live entertainment is the first thing that comes to mind, reflecting its nickname the “Live Entertainment Capital of the U.S.” Live shows include nearly every type of music so visitors can pick their favorites. Beyond live music, Branson has many other attractions, including shopping, dining and outdoor recreation. AdventureGenie can help you plan a great RV trip to Branson!

Top Things to Do - Branson

Consider adding these popular activities to your itinerary:

Silver Dollar City – A unique theme park with an 1880’s theme. With shows, rides, and annual festivals, you’ll find Silver Dollar City a great way to spend the day. Silver Dollar City is both fun and educational – visit the craftsmen area, where you can learn about glassblowing, candy making, and more.

Titanic Museum – This museum is a great option for fans of the movie Titanic and history buffs alike. Its interactive exhibits makes you feel part of the famous voyage through numerous artifacts and friendly crew members. Great for all ages.

Live Shows– Featuring 100+ live shows, you’ll find a great option for everyone in the family. Live music, comedy shows, kid-friendly shows, and more are available in Branson.

Promised Land Zoo – An interactive experience with animals from around the world. This is the largest attraction in the city, set on 75 acres of Ozark geography. Tram tours, animal encounters, and touch tanks are available onsite. Great for younger kids.

Table Rock State Park – Near Branson, this park features land and water recreation activities. Mountain biking, fishing, skiing, and camping are a few activities here. Hiking trails for various skill levels are also available here, from 1.2 to 11.3 miles.

Branson, MO Activities
  • Camping
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Tram Tours
  • Museums
  • Zoo
  • Live Shows
  • Amusement Parks
RV Campgrounds Near Branson, MO

Table Rock State Park has two RV-friendly campsites along the shoreline of Table Rock Lake. Branson has many private RV campgrounds and resorts, so you won’t have to travel far. Let AdventureGenie help you find the ideal RV campground in Branson!

Stop 4: Eureka Springs, AR
1-2 day stay
Description - Eureka Springs

Featuring Victorian architecture and a plethora of mineral springs, Eureka Springs has been a popular Arkansas destination for many years. Originally, people were drawn to the water. However, now the small-town charm of Eureka Springs, shops, hiking trails, art, and antiques also draw visitors. Eureka Springs is located a few hours from Little Rock, near the Tennessee border. All of this is found in the idyllic scenery of the Ozark Mountains.

Top Things to Do - Eureka Springs

Even though Eureka Springs is a small, you’ll find it packed with attractions and activities. Don’t miss:

Downtown Eureka Springs – Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the downtown area of Eureka Springs includes art galleries, boutiques, and stunning architecture. You can tour the area on foot or via carriage ride.

Keels Creek Winery – One of the best wineries in Eureka Springs. This winery uses local grapes to make red, white, dessert, and blush wines.

Quigley’s Castle – This dwelling offers a unique activity for those who enjoy viewing architecture and various collections. This castle was built in 1943. It includes a stunning garden filled with perennials. You'll also see rock, crystal, and arrowhead collections.

Blue Spring Heritage Center – This privately owned park spans 33 acres. You can learn about the history of the Ozarks by visiting this park and viewing the many artifacts spread throughout. The park also offers a lovely collection of native flora and fauna.

Natural Springs – Given its name, it's not surprising that Eureka Springs has dozens and dozens of natural springs – 47 hot springs and 66 cold springs you can visit. Quite a few can be found by walking along Spring Street, including Harding Spring and Sweet Spring.

Eureka Springs, AR Activities
  • Hiking
  • History Tours
  • Kayaking, Canoeing & Paddling
  • Mountain Biking & Biking
  • Fishing
  • Museums
  • Carriage Rides
  • Art Galleries
  • Tram Tours
RV Campgrounds Near Eureka Springs, AR

Eureka Springs has dozens of public and private RV campgrounds and parks are spread throughout Eureka Springs, ensuring you have plenty of options for RV camping. These campsites include various amenities, such as showers, electric, and water hookups. Outside of the city, the nearest private RV campground is in Beaver, Arkansas, about seven miles away. Let AdventureGenie guide you to the perfect campground in Eureka Springs!

Stop 5: Blanchard Springs Caverns - Fifty-Six, AR
1-2 day stay
Description - Blanchard Springs Caverns

The Blanchard Springs Caverns in the Ozark National Forest has been shaped for tens of thousands of years by a continuous mountain spring, and is in a constant state of change, creating a unique natural attraction, also known as The Living Cave. Tours are geared to various fitness levels, so there is one that will fit your preference. As you explore the caverns, you'll find yourself winding through water-carved passages with views of stalactites, stalagmites, and an underground river. Let AdventureGenie help you plan your trip to the Blanchard Springs Caverns!

Top Things to Do - Blanchard Springs Caverns

Here are some suggestions for exploring the stunning Blanchard Springs Caverns:

Blanchard Springs Caverns Visitor Center – Find information on the caverns, including maps and pamphlets. Start at the visitor center before visiting the caves.

Dripstone Trail – This the shortest and easiest trail through the caverns. It takes you about 0.5 miles into the cave and is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Discovery Trail – For those who want a more challenging route, consider the Discovery Trail which is 1.2 miles long and includes about 700 stairs. You’ll see what the first explorers saw on this route.

Wild Cave Tour -This is the newest tour available at the Caverns. You will need to be in good physical shape for this tour, as you’ll explore the undeveloped areas of the caverns. Expect to crawl and climb on this tour. This is a great activity for thrill-seekers.

Mirror Lake Trail – This easy 0.9 mile out-and-back trail offers stunning views of the incredibly picturesque Mirror Lake Falls, one of the nation’s most photographed waterfalls.

Blanchard Springs Caverns - Fifty-Six, AR Activities
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Swimming
  • Mountain Biking & Biking
  • Fishing
  • Cavern Tours
RV Campgrounds Near Blanchard Springs Caverns - Fifty-Six, AR

Blanchard Springs Caverns has one [on-site campground](https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5369479.pdf). There are also a lot of private campgrounds nearby. Let AdventureGenie help you find a perfect campground for your road trip to Blanchard Springs Caverns!

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Trip to the Ozarks: St. Louis to Blanchard Springs, AR
St. Louis – Lake of the Ozarks – Branson – Eureka Springs – Blanchard Springs Caverns
Length
6-10 days
Distance
505 mi
Stops
5

From sweeping landscapes filled with natural landmarks to exciting cities, the Ozarks have been a popular vacation destination for over 100 years. This week-long trip allows you to explore rushing waterfalls, glittering springs, rocky landforms, and underground caves. This trip begins in St. Louis, a city packed with great attractions and a vibrant food and art scene. Then, you'll drive a few hours to Branson, a nature-filled city great for outdoor enthusiasts and music lovers alike. Afterwards, take a full day to explore the 1,100+ miles of shoreline at Lake of the Ozarks. Travel through the Ozark Mountains to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and its sparkling mineral springs. Blanchard Springs Cavern in the Ozarks National Forest is the final stop on this road trip. This RV trip will not disappoint, with its balance of nature and urban stops.

Who Will Love This Trip

Everyone – whether you're a nature lover, boater or enjoy spending time listening to country music, you'll be delighted with this journey. Be prepared to walk a fair amount in the cities and nature areas.
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