16 days in Branson & Lake of the Ozarks Itinerary

16 days in Branson & Lake of the Ozarks Itinerary

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16 days in Branson & Lake of the Ozarks Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Branson
— 11 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Lake Ozark
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Phoenix

11
nights
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Attractions like 7D Dark Ride Adventure and Arcade City make great kid-friendly stops. Explore hidden gems such as Bigfoot Fun Park and Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Get out of town with these interesting Branson side-trips: Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel (in Bella Vista), Scott Family Amazeum (in Bentonville) and Buffalo National River (in Harrison). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Talking Rocks Cavern, get engrossed in the history at Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, get in on the family fun at The Branson Sawmill, and take in the waterfront activity at State Park Marina.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Branson trip itinerary planner .

Phoenix to Branson is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to Branson due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in September; daily highs in Branson reach 82°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lake Ozark.

Things to do in Branson

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Eureka Springs, Springfield, Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum, Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, War Eagle Mill
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Bigfoot Fun Park ©
Bigfoot Fun Park
Talking Rocks Cavern ©
Talking Rocks Cavern
Arcade City ©
Arcade City

4
nights
Lake Ozark

Lake Ozark ©
Lake Ozark is a city in Camden and Miller counties in the U.S. Kids will enjoy Big Joel's Safari and Lemans Fun Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Onondaga Cave State Park and Stark Caverns. Get out of town with these interesting Lake Ozark side-trips: Vacuum Cleaner Museum and Factory Outlet (in Saint James), The Fugitive Beach (in Rolla) and Fanning 66 Outpost (in Cuba). There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, tee off at Golf at Old Kinderhook, and stop by Grandma's Candy Kitchen.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lake Ozark trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Branson to Lake Ozark in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lake Ozark

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Big Joel's Safari, Fanning 66 Outpost, Golf at Old Kinderhook, The Fugitive Beach, Vacuum Cleaner Museum and Factory Outlet
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Onondaga Cave State Park ©
Onondaga Cave State Park
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf ©
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf
The Fugitive Beach ©
The Fugitive Beach

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