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Destination guide

Springfield – where Wild West meets Route 66

Perched up on its own plateau over the Ozark ridges, Springfield, Missouri, is a fusion of the Wild West and modern America. In its bustling, workaday downtown area, old cowboy saloons rub shoulders with banking institutions, dog walkers tread where Wild Bill Hickok once trod, and theater houses mingle with new artisan coffee joints. There's a distinct youthful vitality oozing from the microbrews and fairtrade eateries around MSU campus, too, while those with Springfield vacation rentals along Commercial Street can sip cold ones with the locals spinning tales of the old Route 66.

Things to do

Along Route 66 in Springfield

There are still some tattered signs heralding the legendary courses of Route 66 around Springfield. These have become something of a sacred site for old petrol heads who remember the days of Easy Rider and the reign of the Harley Davidson. Others will spend their days celebrating local quarterbacks and pitchers in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, or enjoying the café culture of Commercial Street. Meanwhile, others still will search for Springfield vacation rentals close to Lake Springfield, where boating days and hiking through the Ozark forests is the name of the game.

Activities

Finding Wild Bill and deep caves in Springfield

Tracing the history of Wild West heroes like Wild Bill amidst the door-slapping saloons and honkytonk bars of the downtown area has got to be one of the most immersive things to do in Springfield. Others will enjoy flitting between the classic 1950s playhouses of the center, or delving into the wealth of arthouse cinemas that pepper the streets of the boho districts. And then there's the chance to explore deep, dank cave systems carving through the Ozark plateau in Greene County – a fine excursion for the whole family.

Weather

Spend summer in Springfield

The rugged Ozark bluffs that rise and fall all around Springfield mean that the town actually has one of the most unpredictable weather patterns in the whole United States. Consequently, most travelers will go in search of Springfield vacation rentals when there's the lowest risk of rain and snow – usually between the spring and late summer, from May to August. That's when you're most likely to catch long sunny days of bright weather, which are perfect for seeking out the cowboy honkytonks or strolling through the nearby canyons and forests.

Natural features

Get up in the Ozarks in Springfield

Springfield sits perched on a flat break between the craggy peaks of the Ozark Mountains, which spread out to claim most of southern Missouri. Great swathes of carved canyons and babbling creeks, oak forests and beech woods roll away from the city on all sides, making the place a great choice for outdoorsy types. Long-distance hiking trails pierce into the sylvan valleys nearby, in the form of the Frisco Highline Trail and the Ozark Greenways, both of which offer the chance to adventure in the company of fox squirrels and bald eagles.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Springfield

Fly into Springfield, MO (SGF-Springfield-Branson National), the closest airport, located 4.1 mi (6.6 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around Springfield, MO?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 123 vacation rentals around Springfield. From 73 house rentals to 10 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a rural property in Springfield?

There's something special about a countryside retreat. If you're a city dweller ready for the rural life, we can give you a helping hand. Vrbo has 14 countryside vacation properties in this destination. Of course, that might not be for everyone. Luckily, Vrbo has heaps of other choices, including:

  • 10 city-center vacation rentals.
  • 4 town vacation rentals.
  • 3 water-view vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Springfield?

Say goodbye to standardized, cookie cutter chain-hotel rooms. Our house vacation rentals have an unique, personal touch — as well as all the space you could ask for! There are 69 options currently listed on Vrbo. Prices start at $68 per night. Or perhaps you'd rather go for one of the area's other popular lodging options, such as:

  • Hotel: 38 vacation homes. Prices start from $45 per night.
  • Apartment: 6 vacation homes. Prices start from $185 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 6 vacation homes. Prices start from $145 per night.

Can I stay in Springfield in a large group?

The recipe for a memorable getaway is unwinding with close friends and family in a fantastic new place. If you'll be hitting the road with a big group, Vrbo can help out. House vacation homes are the top option here for large groups of travelers. Our database currently has 10 available. If you are hoping to stay in a larger group, the vacation rentals that will serve you well include:

  • Are you on the hunt for vacation homes that can sleep 5 of you? We have 24 that will be ideal. The prices start from $60 per night.
  • Need a vacation rental for 6 guests? We have 22 that will suit. Prices begin at just $71 per night.
  • On a trip away with 8 guests? We have 17 vacation homes that will meet your needs. Prices begin at just $55 per night.

So don't worry! When you book with us you can bring along your uncle, your cousin and all your friends to Springfield.

Where are the cheapest rentals in Springfield?

Cut down on your accommodation expenses by organizing your stay with Vrbo. You'll discover plenty of fabulous rentals and save loads of cash! Doling has bargain written all over it. And with 3 Vrbo rentals at an average price of $69 a night, you can see why. University Heights is another place to consider. We've got 6 rentals here, and the average price is around $79 a night.

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