Archive - Quick Trips

Kansas City, Here I Come

With the eighth annual Restaurant Week and the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, this is the perfect month to explore the city known for barbecue, beer and blues.

Fall Getaway to Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs is a charming town any time of year, but autumn is exceptionally beautiful. Aside from fall foliage, this mountain town has excellent restaurants, comfy wine bars, great shopping and...

Escape to Columbia

With a bustling downtown and a developing culinary scene, Columbia is not just a college town. Plan your trip for the end of the month, and you can attend the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, which...

Lake of the Ozarks

Ready for summer’s last hurrah? You’ve already jumped into every river and lake in 417-land this year, and now you need one more dash of freedom before it’s back to school for the kids and...

Getaway to Broken Arrow

You can find summertime fun, scenic landscapes and some urban flair in the town of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. It’s located just 180 miles southwest of Springfield, making it the perfect quick trip...

Getaway to Pella, Iowa

You don’t need a passport to enjoy a weekend full of European charm. Pella, Iowa, is a quaint spot six hours north of Springfield. Enjoy the town’s Dutch influence as you explore the historic...

Getaway to Gypsum Hills

The great American road trip may be closer than you think. With its red-tinged canyons and mesas, the Gypsum Hills area of Kansas is a gorgeous option for a weekend getaway—and it’s the perfect...

Visit Excelsior Springs

Just north of Kansas City and about three hours from Springfield, this quaint little town is brimming with history, culture and fun for the whole family. It’s the perfect destination for the...

Getaway to Hermann

You don’t have to renew your passport to take a trip across the world. The German town of Hermann makes you wonder if you’re still in Missouri, while giving you a close and boozy weekend trip...

Getaway to Cape Girardeau

A little town in eastern Missouri may not seem like a vacation spot, but the warm community in Cape Girardeau (located 271 miles east of Springfield) is bound to make you want to stay a while.

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