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Biking the Katy Trail in Central MO along the banks of the scenic Missouri River

Biking the Katy Trail in Central MO along the banks of the scenic Missouri River

Downtown Branson, Missouri: 1940s vs. today. I liked the way it was before they destroyed the quaintness of the lakefront.

Downtown Branson, Missouri: 1940s vs. today. I liked the way it was before they destroyed the quaintness of the lakefront.

BRANSON, MO. (PICTURE BY SONDA BRUCE)

BRANSON, MO. (PICTURE BY SONDA BRUCE)

When you think of Branson, Missouri natural beauty isn't the first thing that comes to mind, but there's a reason this Ozarks tourist magnet attracted travelers in the first place. For nature lovers in the Branson area, there is the Blue Buck Knob Scenic Byway, the Glade Top Trail, and the Sugar Camp Scenic Byway. Do some aerial leaf-peeping in the Branson Balloon, or from street level via the Branson Scenic Railway, and there are even foliage cruises on Lake Taneycomo. Source: CNBC

When you think of Branson, Missouri natural beauty isn't the first thing that comes to mind, but there's a reason this Ozarks tourist magnet attracted travelers in the first place. For nature lovers in the Branson area, there is the Blue Buck Knob Scenic Byway, the Glade Top Trail, and the Sugar Camp Scenic Byway. Do some aerial leaf-peeping in the Branson Balloon, or from street level via the Branson Scenic Railway, and there are even foliage cruises on Lake Taneycomo. Source: CNBC

BRANSON, MO. (PICTURE BY SONDA BRUCE)

BRANSON, MO. (PICTURE BY SONDA BRUCE)

The Illinois and Mississippi rivers converge, in Alton, Illinois | Walk in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark

The Illinois and Mississippi rivers converge, in Alton, Illinois | Walk in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark

HANNIBAL, MISSOURI:   Every 4th of July, Mark Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, celebrates Tom Sawyer Day. The event includes a parade, fence painting competition and more—a uniquely literary way to celebrate this American holiday and author.

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HANNIBAL, MISSOURI: Every 4th of July, Mark Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, celebrates Tom Sawyer Day. The event includes a parade, fence painting competition and more—a uniquely literary way to celebrate this American holiday and author.

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