SEDALIA – Explore Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site on the half-mile Stoney Ridge Trail. Sitting atop a 120-foot bluff near Sedalia, the early 20th century, 31-room lodge was built over two wild caves that provided natural “air conditioning” during the summer.
BRANSON – The waterfront boardwalk at Branson Landing takes you 1.5 miles along the cool, clear waters of Lake Taneycomo. Stop and watch the water, fire, light and music show featured daily in the town square area.
SPRINGFIELD – A short distance off I-44, the 80-acre Springfield Conservation Nature Center offers three miles of walking trails through the woods and along the shore of Lake Springfield. The visitor center features nature exhibits and conservation education programs.
ST LOUIS – Sure, you can see it from the highway as you drive through St. Louis, but experience the Gateway Arch in a different way by exploring the area on foot. The grounds surrounding the iconic structure have been totally revamped and are now a national park. A network of walking trails provide spectacular views of the monument that soars 630 feet into the sky.
Walt Disney’s Dreaming Tree
MARCELENE – This large cottonwood tree still stands where Walt Disney and his sister Ruth played and waded in the spring that runs at its base. Daydreaming under the giant cottonwood, young Walt would observe the whole of nature surrounding him – the bugs, animals, birds and sounds of the wind. He later called these adventures “belly botany,” and drew from these childhood memories in his “Mickey Mouse” and “Silly Symphony” This tree is registered as a historic tree by American Forests. In 2003 one of Walt Disney’s grandsons and three Walt Disney World Ambassadors planted a sapling grown from a seed harvested from The Dreaming Tree. The ‘Son of Dreaming Tree’ is growing proudly on the Disney Farm.