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Springfield MO - Overview
It’s no wonder so many
visitors come to visit Springfield by car, as it is recognized as the point of
origin of the famous Route 66. In 1938, Route 66 became the first completely
paved transcontinental highway in America, a highway that finally stretched from
the Great Lakes to the Pacific Coast. The red booths and gleaming chrome of the
mom-and-pop diners, the stone cottages of tourist courts and the now-silent “all
service” gas stations stood by to assist as America fall in love with the
Today, the city is
conveniently located in the southwestern section of Missouri along Interstate 44
just a short drive from the world-renowned tourist destination of Branson.
Springfield is Missouri's third largest city and is within a 500-mile radius of
nearly 50 percent of the U.S. population. Located in one of the country's most
scenic regions, Springfield and the Ozarks offer fabulous entertainment, great
attractions, and wonderful shopping.
Visitors to Springfield,
Missouri, enjoy a world of great attractions, comfortable lodging and an array
of delectable dining. The area offers spectacular entertainment, events and
cultural endeavors. As a well-rounded city, Springfield supports a thriving arts
community that features a symphony and ballet, opera, art museum and more.
Summer in Springfield
bustles with activities. With average temperatures in the mid-70’s F it’s the
time of year when Springfieldians flock to the annual Firefall Independence Day
celebration featuring a glorious fireworks display choreographed to the music of
the Springfield Symphony.
Other traditions include the
Ozark Empire Fair and Cider Days on historic Walnut Street. These enormously
popular events capture the community's big-hearted, old-fashioned sense of
friendliness and fun. Springfield's hometown hospitality also shines at the
holiday season with the Festival of Lights and First Night, the city's New
Year's Eve party. And the fun doesn’t stop there. Visitors can enjoy a brat
and baseball game at Hammons Field or explore Wonders of Wildlife Zooquarium.
With a wide array of things
to see and do, Springfield attractions offer a window to the world. A unique
attraction is the Library Station. It’s a public library like no other in the
country. Walk into the spacious lobby of the Library Station, the “planes,
trains & automobiles” theme of the 36,000-sq-ft facility will become immediately
apparent. Look down and see Rt. 66 traced on the floor, from Chicago to Los
Angeles, California, with Springfield, MO, the city where the decision was made
to use the number “66,”highlighted. There are antique bicycles on the walls,
transportation memorabilia & great old pictures of local folk standing near
vintage buses, trains & other forms of transportation. Enter the children’s
department through a replica of a covered bridge. It’s an entire day for the
For a touch of sightseeing
during a leisurely stroll, be sure to visit the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge.
At 562 feet end-to-end, the 100 year old Jefferson Avenue Footbridge is one of
few still used by pedestrians. Recently restored, train watching continues 24-7
on 13 sets of tracks just below. Double decker buses glide by dramatically,
just inches below. The bridge is spectacular under its lights at night.
Locals refer to it as Springfield’s largest public art sculpture.
Of course, world-famous
Branson is close by with some of the finest entertainment available. When
traveling with children, visitors often enjoy spending a day at nearby White
Water or Silver Dollar City. There are so many sights to see and things to do
that it is difficult to fit everything into one trip. It’s one of the many
reasons visitors come back time and again to this welcoming Missouri city.