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Old 02-03-2009, 01:20 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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In the not-too-distant future, my dh and I are going to be taking a much-deserved and much-needed little vacation. It looks like it will be about 10 days so I am wanting to stay as close as possible to Missouri so as not to spend a lot of time in transit.

Here is what we are looking for...your recommendations are gratefully appreciated.

We are looking for a "quaint" town, preferably historical. Definitely NOT a city. My husband is quite a history buff, so maybe something to do with the Civil War would be nice. I would LOVE to go to Gettysburg but it is too far to drive.

We like the atomosphere of an older town. Nothing too "upscale", as far as restaurants, diners, mom & pop, non-chain type places (truck stop restaurants are good too).

We like casinos but it is not mandatory. We are not into outdoor activities, so things like hiking or biking, etc., do not matter to us one way or the other. We like to do things like Ghost Tours, brewery or distillery tours, zoos or animal-related things, etc. We prefer to stay in a bed and breakfast or independently owned hotel rather than a chain.

I was considering St. Genevieve, Missouri, which is a wonderful historical town (we were there once on business, but did not have time to be tourists), and also, Alton, Illinois, which I understand has a great ghost tour.

We'd like to stay within 500 miles of Branson, Missouri, if possible. Any direction will do!

Any suggestions are gratefully appreciated.

20yrsinBranson

Last edited by Bo; 02-04-2009 at 09:06 AM.. Reason: Updated title to make thread easier to find with search.
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Old 02-03-2009, 01:30 PM
 
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Lexington, Missouri.
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Old 02-03-2009, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Maybe Grove, Oklahoma. It's a nice little town with over a dozen casinos within 20 minutes. I also think there is some civil war stuff in that part of the state as well.

Oklahoma American Civil War Map of Battles

http://americancivilwar.com/statepic/ok.gif (broken link)

http://www.cityofgrove.com/
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:11 PM
 
Location: The Rock!
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Well, if you guys are interested in Gettysburg, I'd say just go ahead and do it! Yes, it's a long drive (we've done it plenty of times, once even straight through!) but I think you'd find it's well worth the expenditure. Or better yet, fly Southwest into BWI. Stay in Frederick, MD. It's very quiant and historic and centrally located to 3 major battlefields: Gettysburg, Antietem and Bull Run. You also have Harper's Ferry just right there! I'm pretty sure I remember there being a casino in WV not far from Harper's Ferry in WV too but I won't swear by it. You should also visit Westminster, MD, not very far from Frederick and the sight of Corbitt's Charge where a small contingent of Union soldiers held up the advance of Confederate reinforcements headed north and possibly swung the outcome of the whole entire war. It's a rather nondescript street corner with a modern gas station and some older apartments but perhaps one of the most historic and most passed up locations. Seriously, if you've never been to that part of the country, you MUST see central Maryland and southern PA if you're history buffs! It will be very much worth the extra effort.
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:18 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Well, if you guys are interested in Gettysburg, I'd say just go ahead and do it! Yes, it's a long drive (we've done it plenty of times, once even straight through!) but I think you'd find it's well worth the expenditure. Or better yet, fly Southwest into BWI. Stay in Frederick, MD. It's very quiant and historic and centrally located to 3 major battlefields: Gettysburg, Antietem and Bull Run. You also have Harper's Ferry just right there! I'm pretty sure I remember there being a casino in WV not far from Harper's Ferry in WV too but I won't swear by it. You should also visit Westminster, MD, not very far from Frederick and the sight of Corbitt's Charge where a small contingent of Union soldiers held up the advance of Confederate reinforcements headed north and possibly swung the outcome of the whole entire war. It's a rather nondescript street corner with a modern gas station and some older apartments but perhaps one of the most historic and most passed up locations. Seriously, if you've never been to that part of the country, you MUST see central Maryland and southern PA if you're history buffs! It will be very much worth the extra effort.
I don't fly.

It is approximately 1085 miles one way from where I live to Westminster. Driving approximately 350 miles per day (which is pretty, much my limit), that means that it would take six of the ten days to get there and back, and only four of the ten days to relax and enjoy the area. That is a little too far for me.

I'm sure there must be some interesting places closer. I mean, they had battles in Kentucky, didn't they????

20yrsinBranson
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:34 PM
 
Location: The Rock!
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I don't fly.

It is approximately 1085 miles one way from where I live to Westminster. Driving approximately 350 miles per day (which is pretty, much my limit), that means that it would take six of the ten days to get there and back, and only four of the ten days to relax and enjoy the area. That is a little too far for me.

I'm sure there must be some interesting places closer. I mean, they had battles in Kentucky, didn't they????

20yrsinBranson

Well, we normally make the trip in 2 days time and like I said, we have done it in one straight shot by swapping off at the wheel every 200 miles or so and giving the other a nap but given your requirements...yeah...it's pretty much out of the question.

I don't really many suggestions within that radius that I have personal experience with and could highly recommend.
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:47 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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What about Nashville, TN? I always have fun there, and there are plenty of Civil War attractions in the vicinity. Franklin (suburban N'ville) is a charming town that I love to visit.

www.bbonline.com/tn/franklin.html
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:06 PM
 
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Most people overlook it, but Mississippi has a lot of what you are looking for:

Huge Civil War Park in Vicksburg, so many historic homes (antebellum) and ghost tours in Natchez, and plenty of casinos throughout as you wind on up the River. Can also find plenty of nature on the Natchez Trace Parkway from Natchez, MS to Nashville. You could drive down to Natchez from Branson (440 miles) and then take the Natchez Trace Parkway up through Vicksburg and even all the way to Nashville, then back to Branson.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:09 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Most people overlook it, but Mississippi has a lot of what you are looking for:

Huge Civil War Park in Vicksburg, so many historic homes (antebellum) and ghost tours in Natchez, and plenty of casinos throughout as you wind on up the River. Can also find plenty of nature on the Natchez Trace Parkway from Natchez, MS to Nashville. You could drive down to Natchez from Branson (440 miles) and then take the Natchez Trace Parkway up through Vicksburg and even all the way to Nashville, then back to Branson.
Excellent suggestion.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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What about Peoria, IL, Madison, IN. Crossville, TN, Asheville, NC, Bowling Green, KY, Land Between the Lakes in KY.
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