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RV Road Trip | Branson to St. Joseph and Points in Between

RV Road Trip | Discover Missouri


Missouri is a beautiful state, filled with diverse cultures, destinations and natural environments. Visitors to the state can enjoy big cities and small towns, forests and prairies and much, much more. One fantastic way to explore the state is to take a road trip across the state. Those wishing to drive across the state can start in the town of Branson, and travel north, ending up in St. Joseph. Here are a few destinations not to be missed on a road trip through Missouri.


Known as the Silver Dollar City, Branson is a fabulous destination for live entertainment. Visitors will find more than 50 live entertainment venues. Some of the shows include music, including country, gospel and rock n' roll, as well as comedy shows, dinner shows and even magicians. Branson's downtown area has plenty of shopping for visitors to enjoy. The area also has three fabulous lakes with opportunities for fishing. Golfers will also enjoy a visit to Branson, as they can test their skills on the twelve golf courses in the area. Visitors can also stop at the Mount Rushmore with Fake Celebrity Heads. Carved into the stone there are four heads resembling famous celebrities.

Table Rock Lake State Park

This beautiful lake is located near the town of Branson. Visitors will find a multitude of recreation activities to enjoy at this great Missouri State Park. This lake is great for boating, fishing and swimming. The onsite marina offers plenty of boat rentals for visitors to enjoy. In addition, the park has scuba diving options for visitors. Those travelers that prefer to stay on land can enjoy the parks mountain biking trail and more.

Lake of the Ozarks

Located in central Missouri, Lake of the Ozarks is a great resort destination. The area has amazing lodging, dining, state parks, plenty of nearby attractions and much more. Visitors will find over 1,000 miles of shoreline. The Lake of the Ozarks is a very family friendly destination too, with water parks, mini golf and more. Visitors to the Lake can enjoy golfing, fishing, wineries, galleries and of course water sports and plenty of lake recreation. The area also has plenty of trails in the nearby state parks and visitors can enjoy the cliffs, caves, forests and even more variety of natural landscapes.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Located on the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks, Ha Ha Tonka State Park offers visitors a wonderful Missouri experience. One of this park's best features are the ruins of a castle built on top of a bluff. After exploring the fascinating ruins, visitors can enjoy the miles of trails throughout the park. While enjoying these features, visitors can see all sorts of interesting features, including natural bridges, caves and much more.


Hannibal is the historic home of Mark Twain. Throughout the town visitors can enjoy the many sites and more that allow visitors to see the history of Mark Twain in the area. In Hannibal visitors can stop at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, which is filled with information about the history and works of Mark Twain. Another fantastic destination is the Mark Twain Cave Complex. Visitors can explore all of the features of the Registered National Natural Landmark, including cave tours and more. Visitors to Hannibal can also take a riverboat cruise on the Mark Twain Riverboat, which provides an authentic experience on the Mississippi River. These are just a few of the many attractions and museums found throughout this wonderful historic home.

Ted Shanks Conservation Area

This stop along the Great River Road is filled with excellent recreational opportunities. Visitors that stop at the conservation area can camp, hike, fish and much more. Within the conservation area there are beautiful fish, lots of fascinating plants and birds, some of which are endangered.

St. Joseph

St. Joseph is a city filled to the brim with unique American history. This city located on the river bluffs of the Missouri, is the site where the Pony Express was founded, and it is also the location where Jesse James met his end. On top of these unique historical facts, St. Joseph has also preserved a great deal of its historical architecture. Visitors won't want to miss the Patee House Museum, which was both a hotel and the headquarters of the Pony Express. The Pony Express National Museum is a great spot to learn all about the historic mail service. St. Joseph also has the Jesse James Home and Museum, which is the home where Jesse James was killed in 1882. Visitors may also want to stop at the St. Joseph Museum to learn about the history of the whole city.



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