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A Fun Twist on Midwestern Adventure in your Thrifty rental car

Get ready to delight in the unexpected. The area around the Branson National Airport offers the perfect combination of natural beauty, quirky excursions, history and live entertainment. All you need is your Thrifty rental car and the ideas below on where to go to make the most of your trip.

Fantastic Caverns

After you land at the Branson National Airport, take your Thrifty rental car for a spin around the Missouri countryside, and you’ll quickly see why Missouri is called The Cave State. Thousands of caves fill the landscape, and at 4872 North Farm Road 125, you can even ride through one in a Jeep. Fantastic Caverns’ expansive cave’s floor and ceiling feature giant, ancient cave formations. Unique wildlife living in Fantastic Caverns include the cave crayfish and the blind Ozarks catfish. Fantastic Caverns is excellent to visit any time of year for all visitors. The temperature inside stays around 60 degrees Fahrenheit in all seasons and visitors are driven for the entire tour.

Route 66 Springfield Visitor Center

Learn about the Route 66 at 815 E St Louis Street, one of the first highways in America, and an icon of popular culture. Springfield is known as the Birthplace of Route 66, and the attendants at this unique stop can provide a wealth of information on the road’s development and role in history. The visitor center also features 1950s memorabilia, a scavenger hunt and an antique gas pump. If the nostalgia leads to an extra road trip or two in your Thrifty car rental, we understand.

Pythian Castle

See one of the Missouri’s best-kept secrets at 1451 East Pythian Street. The castle was built in 1913 by the Knights of Pythian fraternal organization. Take a tour and learn about Pythian Castle’s construction, or if you feel more adventurous, go for a ghost tour or murder mystery experience.

Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden

Put your Branson rental car in park and enjoy a low-key yet stunning outdoor excursion. It’s always time for peace and tranquility at 2400 S Scenic Avenue. Along your walk you’ll see Bonzai trees in all shapes and sizes, coy fish in ponds and a butterfly house. Visit during the Japanese Festival and you can see historic demonstrations, including tea ceremonies.

Gilardi's Ristorante

Plenty of restaurants offer Missouri staples like catfish and barbeque, but Gilardi’s Ristorante is your destination for authentic Italian food. The restaurant has won over Springfield visitors from all over the world thanks to attentive service and top-notch, healthy dishes. Set your Thrifty rental car’s GPS to 820 A East Walnut St, where you can make any occasion a special one.

Branson, Missouri, AKA Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Just about 40 miles from Springfield, you can see country music shows, plays, musicals, comedians, ventriloquists and more every day of the week. There are more than 100 shows. Plus, Branson offers a frontier town-themed amusement park, Silver Dollar City, arcades, a Titanic museum and plenty of outdoor activities, such as fishing tours.