Hi Loves! How is everyone? I hope you are all doing fine amidst all the things that are happening around us. Do you feel like you need to unwind and wish that you could travel somewhere? Well, how does travelling around in our own country sounds?
Yes, we could still travel around the U.S., perhaps there are still lots of places that you haven’t visited yet. Now’s the perfect time to go to our very own tourist spots. Maybe you’re like me, that all of the travel plans have been cancelled, so to make up for that, I am bounded to go to Ozarks myself next week and am very excited about it!
The Ozarks, also known as the Ozark Mountains or the Ozark Plateau, is a physiographic region in the U.S. states of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and the extreme southeastern corner of Kansas. The Ozarks cover a significant portion of northern Arkansas and most of the southern half of Missouri, extending from Interstate 40 in Arkansas to Interstate 70 in central Missouri. It hasn’t always been at the top of many travel lists, but often the stepchild of its larger, more sophisticated surrounding cities. The land has long been a destination for those seeking outdoor adventures among its rugged woodlands, limestone bluffs, and pristine waters, and travellers are finally catching on to its beauty.
If you haven’t been there already, why not book your travel now? There are a lot of things to do here, especially if you are a nature lover. So, here are some of the places to go and things to do at the Ozarks.
Do you enjoy fishing? Or perhaps your significant other? How about fishing at Norfork Lake? You can catch for stripers, hybrids, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, Kentucky bass, white bass, and walleye all year round. Or you can also go for Bull Shoals Lake and the White River whose waters entice trout and bass fishermen nationwide.
Winding your way south puts you in a perfect position to experience Table Rock Lake. This area of the Ozarks is working to move away from its reputation as a kitschy country music hub with top-billed golf courses and the Branson Landing. But it’s perfectly okay to bypass all of that and head straight for the real gem: Table Rock Lake. The fresh blue-green waters are where you’ll find locals and their boats come any warm summertime weekend.
Bull Shoals Caverns is one of the world’s oldest caverns formed approximately 350 million years ago, during the Ordovician period, and was carved out by water method. Bull Shoals Caverns is nestled in the heart of the beautiful Ozark Mountains in central northern Arkansas and is still alive and growing today. Features formations millions of years in the making; the site has been used by prehistoric natives, Civil War soldiers, and moonshiners; underground rainbow trout stream, miniature lake; visitors tour the cave via concrete walkways. The caverns are home to camel crickets, bats, and salamanders. There are underground streams that flow throughout the caverns and varieties of cave formations. The caverns are air-conditioned by nature, 59 degrees year-round. There are no stairs on the floor of this cave, which once sheltered the Indians who roamed the region. At the back of the cave is a waterfall and is available for private wedding ceremonies; available by appointment only.
And if you go to the Bull shoal Caverns, you can also enjoy Mountain Village 1890. Mountain Village 1890 is a historic re-creation of an Ozark settlement with authentic historical buildings from the 1800s. A tribute to the pioneers who first settled in this remote part of the country. These were hardy men and women who followed the trails into the mountains from the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia. The village is a Bull Shoals, Arkansas attraction that draws families, particularly those interested in history, from across the United States.
If hiking is one of your favourite activity there are a lot of trails that you can choose. Runners, walkers, and bikers enjoy Missouri’s second-longest rail-to-trail path, the Frisco Highline Trail. It’s a 35-mile route that connects Springfield to Bolivar with four trailheads, 16 railroad bridges, and lots of rural character. If you like a more urban trail experience with easy access to dining, libations, a great city park, and a notable point of interest, then Galloway Creek Greenway is for you. There is also the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Where are several great hiking trails, but The Long Trail, which is an easy 1-and-2/3-mile jaunt, offers some of the best scenery. And these are just a few of them, there are still a lot of trails that you can choose whatever the level of difficulty that you want. And, it’s a good way to burn those calories you’ve accumulated. lol.
If hiking isn’t a thing you enjoy, then you can go to Springfield’s Downtown, Missouri, an ever-growing city that’s nestled in the Southwest corner of the state. Downtown offers plenty to peruse, with precious antique shops, cocktail bars, and restaurants that dot the historic streets. But did you know that just southeast is the Rountree district, it’s this very neighbourhood, with charming Craftsman- and Bungalow-style homes that famed the photographer Julie Blackmon whose work photographs have appeared in Time, The New Yorker, and Oxford American, has used to set the scene for most of her work.
Those are only a few of what the Ozarks can offer and writing this makes me feel more excited about going to the Ozarks next week. I can’t wait! lol.
It’s a great thing to unwind and enjoy while learning some of or history. Let’s appreciate our very own culture and history. So have you guys decided where to go? You can also give some suggestions about where to go next! I hope I had given you some ideas on how to make the most out of this time and pray that you are always safe and healthy.
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