While almost any late-October drive around the Ozarks will yield vivid color and stunning scenery, we propose making the entertainment capital of the Midwest—Branson—your home base, due to its sheer abundance of nightlife
, and lodging
options. Then, once you settle in, you can take one of several self-guided driving tours
, ranging from 70 minutes to 4 hours, to nearby natural wonders like peaceful Mark Twain National Forest
and Bull Shoals Lake
(some of which is actually in Arkansas).
If you have time, don't pass up Dogwood Canyon
, where you can rent a bike, hop a tram, or simply stroll around the most gorgeous flora and fauna Missouri has to offer.