Skip to Content

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit This Beautiful Underrated Region Of The U.S. In 2024

Share The Article

Last Updated


When millions of tourists visit each year, it's hard to label a place as “underrated”.

But that's the case for one of the most scenic destinations in the U.S.

We all love the outdoors in many different ways, whether it's lounging at the beach, going for a swim, seeking solitude, or going camping with friends.

scenic mountains in the ozarks

This beautiful getaway checks off all the boxes and more.

You can gamble, live the high life at luxurious resorts, and spend countless hours enjoying breathtaking scenery, and this is just scratching the surface!

As winter has dragged on, it's time to turn the page to spring and beyond and make travel plans with plenty to do for all ages.

Here are 5 reasons why you should visit the Ozarks in 2024:

Better In Real Life

ozark show on netflix

Missouri is known for cheering on their Redbirds, but it's another ‘Byrde' more recognizable in the Ozarks.

That would be fictional character, Marty Byrde and his family, on the mega-popular Netflix show Ozark.

The show wrapped up with the season finale in 2022 and didn't exactly paint this region of the U.S. in the best light as a run-down, trailer-park-filled, crime-ridden community of degenerates.

The real-life Ozarks is quite different in the best of ways. If there is one line from the show that may entice you to give it a fair shake, it's Marty Byrde's selling point saying, “This place right here has more shoreline than the whole coast of California.”

Although fictitious, this line is a straight up fact. The Ozarks' gorgeous shoreline stretches approximately 1,100 miles and is far more than what the hit tv show depicted, especially since it wasn't even filmed here.

So Many Stunning Sights

boats gathered in the ozarks

The Ozarks are largely seen as Missouri's treasure, but this vast region crosses three more state borders – Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

The region's namesake, Lake of the Ozarks, is perhaps the most common, but many would say Table Rock Lake is the most photo-worthy and a must when visiting the area.

Visitors can partake in a variety of water activities, with boating, fishing, and swimming being among the most popular.

There are delightful beaches, horseback riding, and lantern-guided tours to explore the area's wondrous caves.

Lake of the Ozarks State Park is the largest in Missouri, while Ha Ha Tonka State Park is home to a dozen hiking trails, crystal clear springs reminiscent of Mexico's cenotes, and even a castle.

It's definitely not a laughing matter.

Waterfront Resorts

couple laughing at the lake

Who says you have to go to California or Florida to enjoy a nice waterfront stay?

With familiar names like Margaritaville and many others just as notable, an awesome vacation awaits.

In the lovely lakeside town of Osage Beach, rumors are buzzing regarding the highly anticipated $350 million waterfront resort rightfully named Oasis at Lakeport.

This resort behemoth will include its own amusement park, water park, and ritzy hotel as part of a broader entertainment district.

Until it opens at an undisclosed date, there are ample accommodation options for gorgeous lake views and even all-inclusive stays, such as the charming Cobblestone Lodge.

Underrated Spring Break Getaway

waterfall in the ozarks

While many vacationers are chomping at the bit ready for Spring Break in the household names of Cancun, Cabo and more, the Ozarks make for an optimal alternative.

As winter winds down, the seemingly endless trees begin coming back to life as warmer weather returns.

Spring is a great time to hit the water and explore the Ozarks' stunning natural sites. Locals say it's “the season of wildflowers and waterfalls”.

But when the sun goes down, the neon lights turn on. Lake of the Ozarks is party central for vacationers to let loose at local bars and Party Cove – one of the liveliest places in spring.

Who Doesn't Love A Road Trip?

downtown branson sign

Many tourists find themselves exploring the Ozarks by boat, but taking the backroads isn't just a lyric in a country song from the Ozarks staple of Branson.

In fact, road trips are making a big comeback this year, according to a new survey.

Spring and summer are some of the best seasons for a road trip, although the Ozarks are perfect for spotting fall foliage, too.

Hop around state parks, visit charming Branson, and explore neighboring states beyond Missouri, as the Ozarks are a never-ending adventure.

↓ Join Our Community ↓

The Travel Off Path Community FB group has all the latest travel news, conversations, and Q&A's happening daily! 

Travel-off-Path-group-1-1
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR LATEST POSTS

Enter your email address to subscribe to Travel Off Path's latest breaking travel news, straight to your inbox.

This article originally appeared on TravelOffPath.com

Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, hotel, airline, or other entity. This content has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of the entities included within the post.