Trip Ideas: U.S. 63 Itinerary Part II
This section of Route 63 takes you into Southeast Missouri and the beautiful rolling hills of the Missouri Ozarks. Charming small towns and unique attractions dot the landscape here.
Morning
Okay, it's supposed to be a "road trip." That's fine; a float on the Big Piney is worth time outside the car. Offering one- to four-day fishing trips, a half-day kayak, raft and canoe float. Canoes, kayaks and rafts available.
33401 Windsor Lane, Duke MO 65461, 573-435-6669
Hours: Office: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Afternoon
This ranch (a short drive east of 63) includes spring-fed streams, forest, massive bluffs, large caves; some caves are large enough to ride your horse into. You can ride the trails every day for a week and not cover the entire distance. The trails are marked and maps are provided. Lodging is designed for the ranch lifestyle; suites, individual rooms, and bunkhouses for eight.
19546 Golden Drive, Raymondville MO 65555, 417-457-6222
Hours: Office: daily, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
A nine-hole gem with bent grass greens and zoysia tees. Three holes have water in play. Five sets of tee markers allow the course to be played from a par-three layout to a challenging 6,164-yard, par-35 course.
N. Route 137, Willow Springs MO 65793, 417-469-1214
Hours: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Three generations of the Traver family have worked together to produce superior hand-crafted and award-winning wines, such as Bear's Den Red. The winery offers a casual and relaxed atmosphere for guests to learn about wine from the vintner.
1429 County Road 1870, Willow Springs MO 65793, 417-469-4152
Hours: April-December: Fri.-Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Exhibits include 200 sketches and paintings by L.L. Broadfoot. The museum's collection includes memorabilia of Jan Howard and Porter Wagoner as well as sports items of baseball greats Preacher Roe and Bill Virdon.
405 Worcester St., West Plains MO 65775, 417-256-7801
Hours: Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m.
Evening
Cafe 37 offers excellent food, a wonderful atmosphere, great service, a relaxing decor and a truly unique dining experience. Located inside the old West Plains Opera House.
37 Court Square, West Plains MO 65775, 417-256-3780
Hours: Mon.-Fri.,11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cap your day with a visit to what's often called the "Little Grand Canyon." The gulf was created when the ceiling of a giant cave collapsed more than 10,000 years ago. An remnant of the original cave forms a 250-foot natural bridge.
Route W, Thayer MO 65791, 417-264-7600
Hours: Park gate: Daily, 8 a.m.-dusk.