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Springfield Missouri Travel Guide

James River in the Missouri OzarksSpringfield, Missouri, nicknamed “The Queen City of the Ozarks”, is located in the Southwest corner of Missouri and is in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. Although the city itself is relatively level, a short drive will lead you to incredibly beautiful hilly countryside along with small cities and towns with great character. The mostly mild weather makes Springfield an excellent place to visit as it truly experiences all four seasons. The weather is one of the most variable in the U.S.; therefore one of the most popular local sayings is “if you don’t like the weather today, just wait until tomorrow and it will be different!” The springtime is very beautiful with flowering dogwoods in the hills and the fall is just as gorgeous with its colorful leaves. And ask anybody who has been, you will meet the friendliest people ever. That may be the secret to why Springfield and its surrounding communities have grown so rapidly!
 

Located just two and a half hours from Kansas City, three hours to St. Louis or Tulsa and four hours to Little Rock, it is extremely easy to reach by car. Major arteries running through Springfield are I-44 and US Highways 60 and 65 making auto travel relatively quick and painless. Additionally, the May 2009 opening of the new Midfield terminal at Springfield-Branson National Airport really puts Springfield on the map. It’s possible for visitors to easily use Springfield as their home base, travelling to different cities quickly and efficiently. There are taxi and limousine services available at the airport, but the automobile is king in this area. You can deplane, be in your rental car and on your way in a short period of time. Greyhound Bus Lines also offers a terminal.

Springfield, like many cities, is comprised of a Downtown area around which the city grew (and grew, and grew). Downtown features an original “Square” with a famous past, known for a shootout between “Wild Bill” Hickok and Dave Tutt in July 1865. Over the years it has morphed into a happening area with lots of nightlife featuring fine and casual dining, pubs, movie theaters and retail shops. Its close proximity to Missouri State University and Drury University make it a popular draw for college students and its newer loft scene attracts the twenty- and thirty-something urban professional crowd. You will find live music just about every night of the year at the various bars and clubs, with styles ranging from jazz to country and blues to rock. Generally a casual scene, the Downtown area features year round activities. One of the most popular activities is the First Night Springfield event which is a New Years’ celebration held at a variety of downtown venues.Diners at a Restaurant It is family-friendly and alcohol free, offering music, food, programs for the children and is well-attended every year. The expanding Jordan Valley Park adjoins the downtown area and is home to MediaCom Ice Park and The Creamery, which is home to the Springfield Ballet, Springfield Regional Opera, Springfield Area Arts Council and the Springfield Symphony. Another popular downtown event is the Springfield Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street. Just a couple blocks from the heart of downtown, this annual fine arts festival showcases original art, performance art and local musicians, lots of food and is just a great time. It’s held the first weekend in May and attracts crowds of 20,000+. A similar festival, Cider Days, is held in the same locale in September.

Springfield’s “Medical Mile” is well-known for having a superior medical community which serves much of Southwest Missouri and Northern Arkansas. It has actually expanded to longer than one mile and connects Cox South Hospital and St. John’s Hospital with every imaginable type of clinic and medical specialty office in between. The medical community attracts many, many people to this area and it has been instrumental in the growth of Springfield.
 

JQH Arena, a state-of-the-art facility, opened in 2008 with 11,000 seats – it hosts MSU sports events along with year-round concerts and other activities. Drury University, an acclaimed liberal arts university, features the newly constructed O’Reilly Family Event Center which hosts the popular Panthers games and other events. Evangel University, affiliated with the Assemblies of God organization, and Ozarks Technical Community College round out the higher education in Springfield.
 

Shopping is an American pastime and Springfield is fortunate to have plenty available. Bass Pro Shops' original store is in Springfield, and it is practically a mandatory stop while visiting! A primary shopping site is the Battlefield Mall, which is located in a retail area in Southeast Springfield with lots of restaurants and other strip centers with popular chain stores such as Best Buy, Barnes & Noble and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Golf courses are numerous and you can play almost year round. Springfield-Greene County Park Board operates over 90 parks and facilities including Mediacom Ice Park, Dickerson Park Zoo and 130+ miles of Ozark Greenways trails for running and biking the beautiful Ozarks. Fantastic Caverns and the Conservation Center are also available to get outdoors and play!
 

There are a number of additional popular attractions for the visitor to Springfield, so take a look at our "Attractions" below. We have descriptions of all the fun things to do and we have all the Springfield, Missouri hotels at the best prices. Springfield will welcome you with open arms!
 

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Motel 6 Springfield  North

Motel 6 Springfield North

2655 N Glenstone Ave -- Springfield, MO

Discount Rates from $49.99  

 
Battlefield Inn

Battlefield Inn

2114 South Glenstone Avenue -- Springfield, MO

Discount Rates from $52.00  

 
Best Budget Inn Springfield

Best Budget Inn Springfield

4433 W Chestnut Expy -- Springfield, MO

Discount Rates from $54.00  

 
Americas Best Value Inn  Springfield  Glenstone

Americas Best Value Inn Springfield

2355 N. Glenstone Avenue -- Springfield, MO

Discount Rates from $55.95  

 
Howard Johnson Inn  Conference Center Springfield

Howard Johnson Inn Conference Cente

3333 S Glenstone Ave -- Springfield, MO

Discount Rates from $55.99  

 
Americas Best Value Inn  Springfield  I65 Battlefield

Americas Best Value Inn Springfield

3404 E Ridgeview St -- Springfield, MO

Discount Rates from $59.99  

 
Microtel Inn by Wyndham Springfield

Microtel Inn by Wyndham Springfield

3125 N Kentwood Ave -- Springfield, MO

Discount Rates from $62.00  

 
Super 8 Nixa Springfield Area

Super 8 Nixa Springfield Area

418 N Massey Blvd -- Nixa, MO

Discount Rates from $62.89  

 
Days Inn and Suites Springfield

Days Inn and Suites Springfield

3114 N Kentwood Ave -- Springfield, MO

Discount Rates from $65.00  

 
Baymont Inn and Suites Springfield South Highway 65

Baymont Inn and Suites Springfield S

3343 E Battlefield St -- Springfield, MO

Discount Rates from $65.00  

 
Extended Stay America Springfield  South

Extended Stay America Springfield S

1333 E Kingsley St -- Springfield, MO

Discount Rates from $65.34  

 
Super 8 StraffordSpringfield Area

Super 8 StraffordSpringfield Area

315 Chestnut St -- Strafford, MO

Discount Rates from $67.99  

 
Americas Best Value Inn  Ozark

Americas Best Value Inn Ozark

900 N 18th St -- Ozark, MO

Discount Rates from $69.95  

 
Quality Inn and Suites

Quality Inn and Suites

3930 S Overland Ave -- Springfield, MO

Discount Rates from $69.99  

 
Econo Lodge I44  Exit 80

Econo Lodge I44 Exit 80

2611 N Glenstone Avenue -- Springfield, MO

Discount Rates from $71.99  

 

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