Spring break 2018 was 26+ hours in the car driving through small towns, cruising on freeways and crossing state lines. It was an adventure that brought my family from Minnesota to Branson, Missouri, for the first time. We went from temperatures in the Midwest in the 30s to ones in the South in the 70s. It was a drive well worth it. I live for open water, shorts, fishing and hiking weather.
“Road trips are the equivalent of human wings. Ask me to go on one, anywhere. We’ll stop in small towns and learn the history and stories, feel the ground and capture the spirit. Then we’ll turn it into our own story that will live inside our history to carry with us, always. Because stories are more important than things” – Victoria Erickson.
Our first destination was Paradise Point Resort in Hollister, MO. My family recently joined the Blue Green Vacation Club and we enjoyed staying at one of their resorts. The lakefront property was situated in the mountains on Table Rock Lake. The scenery was stunning and the accommodations fit six people well. There was a lot to explore on the property including the lake, pools, mini golf, tennis courts and more.
Hiking and fishing
We explored Dogwood Canyon Nature Park in Lampe, MO. Covering 10,000 acres of Ozark Mountain landscape, the park has miles of crystal-clear trout streams, cascading waterfalls, caves, unique hand-built bridges and bottomless, blue-green pools. The park offers various activities like biking, horseback riding, trout fishing, private jeep tours and Segway tours.
Overlooking mountains and lake views
Top of the Rock in Ridgedale, MO is breathtaking. It is located on a spectacular bluff overlooking Table Rock Lake and the surrounding Ozark Mountains. It offers a collection of attractions, activities and things to do. We went to take in the view at dusk.
Hurts Donut Company in Branson, MO is a new favorite of mine. While the line was ridiculously long (we waited about 40 minutes for a box of donuts.. there was maybe a total of five people working the busy shop), the donuts were worth the wait. If you’re ever in the Branson, MO area — stop and check them out! I like them more than Krispy Kreme.
Bass Pro and Wonders of Wildlife
Can you believe I’ve never stepped foot inside a Bass Pro? This was my family’s first time in the outdoor wonderland, and it was incredible. Talk about any fisher’s dream store, really. The location we visited in Springfield, MO was also connected to the Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium.
It was a jam-packed few days, and just like that — we were back in Minnesota. I loved exploring the south with my family for my last college spring break, but there’s no place like home. Now just eagerly awaiting the MN snow to melt and sun to shine a bit warmer so we can fish on our lake!