Many of the famous and the infamous have been born, lived in, or just passed through Southwest Missouri. This tour will give you just a taste of the faces and places these beautiful Ozark hills spawned.
- Tour departs Branson at 2:30pm (CT) on Thursday, March 9, 2017 (Driving participants)
- Tour begins in Springfield at 4:00pm (CT) on Thursday, March 9, 2017 (Flying participants)
- Tour ends in Branson on Sunday, March 12, 2017
- Cities include: Diamond, Carthage, Joplin, Lamar, Mindemines, Springfield and Walnut Shade
Thursday, March 9, 2017
- Arrivals in Branson/Springfield
- Dinner and optional evening entertainment
Friday, March 10, 2017
- George Washington Carver National Monument
- Birthplace and childhood home of the famed scientist, educator and humanitarian.
- Tour the square including the Jasper County Courthouse, Built in 1894-95, this Romanesque Revival building is constructed of Carthage stone and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Jasper County Courthouse is said to be the second-most-photographed building in the state of Missouri.
- Forever immortalized in song, you’ll get your own chance to get your kicks on Joplin’s portion of Route 66. A driving tour will let you take in the city’s murals including homage to Thomas Hart Benton, from nearby Neosho. Joplin has a thriving art scene beyond the murals that includes galleries galore.
- Back to those famous faces, outlaws Bonnie and Clyde hid out in Joplin before escaping during a shoot-out that left one lawman dead and another mortally wounded.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
- Grand Falls - The largest, continuously flowing natural waterfall in Missouri, Grand Falls plunges 12 feet down a 163 foot wide ledge of solid chert before crashing into jagged crags and drifting southward in peace. Grand Falls on Shoal Creek flow a few minutes downstream from Wildcat Park.
- Wildcat Glades - The Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, is adjacent to some of the last remaining chert glades, a globally unique habitat and the biologically rich Shoal Creek, an important place for migratory birds and other wildlife. The Center opened in the fall of 2007 and is a celebration of nature.
- Harry Truman birthplace State Historic Site
- See where the only U.S. president born in Missouri started at Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site. Visitors can view the small frame house where the future president was born, and see furnishings that reflect what a house in western Missouri would have looked like during the time Truman lived in the house
- Prairie State Park - Tallgrass prairies once covered more than a third of Missouri; today, less than one percent remains, much of it preserved at Prairie State Park. Visitors to the park see panoramic vistas of swaying grass and ever-changing wildflowers. They also may spot an elk or the park’s resident bison herd.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
- Wonders of Wildlife - One of the largest, most immersive conservation attractions in the world, scheduled to open later this year. Adjacent to the flagship Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, this is an experience you’ll never forget.
Walnut Shade, Missouri
- Copper Run - The first legal distillery in the Ozark Mountains since the prohibition ended in 1933, Copper Run is the home of Ozark Mountain moonshine, whiskey and rum.
- Return to Branson