Springfield is a cultural and historic city in Missouri with many museums, historic sites, and buildings. Nicknamed the “Queen City of Ozarks”, Springfield is located near the plateaus of the Ozarks mountain range, and it is home to the largest universities in the state.
One of the best ways to navigate Springfield is with a car rental. The main reason for this is that Springfield is the birthplace of Route 66, one of the original highways that covered 2,448 miles across the country. No longer in use today, Route 66 started in Springfield, Missouri, and ended in Santa Monica, California. With a car rental, you can also drive to the surrounding towns for a round of golf, hiking, water sports, or a scenic lake cruise.
Springfield has three main districts, MSU Campus, Downtown, and Commercial Street. Downtown is the entertainment hub of the city with lots of cafes, restaurants, shops, theaters, bars, and nightclubs. The Commercial Street is the historical center with more than 150 historic homes and the MSU Campus area has a lively bohemian vibe.
For beer lovers in search of a cold brew, head over to the Mother’s Brewery. Take a tour of the facility and learn how their craft beers are made, bottled, and distributed. You can also sample one of Mother’s Brewery’s flagship beers in the Tasting Room or beer garden.
Next, explore the natural wonders of the Fantastic Caverns in Springfield. The Cavern is America’s only ride-through cave and you can tour the cavern on a guided trolley tour. On this 55-minute ride, journey back in time to learn how stalactites and natural columns were formed over the course of thousands of years.
For an epic day out, drive over to the Lake Springfield Park and spend the day hiking or bird watching along two nature trails. At this park, you can also rent canoes and kayaks, or picnic at one of the pavilions. For longer road trips, drive 50 miles to rural Monett. Here, you can enjoy 100 miles of trails, springs, caves, and volcanic mountains. For day trips, drive over to the nearby towns, like Republic for historic Civil War sites, Pleasant Hope for small-town vibes, or Monett for rural natural beauty.
With your rental car from us at Orbitz, you can swiftly explore Springfield’s city center and surroundings to learn more about its historic past or explore the great outdoors. With our low rates and wide selection of car classes, including compact cars and SUVs, hit the open road and experience the best of the Midwest. Reserve in advance and pick it up directly at Springfield-Branson National Airport.