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    ⚡ Columbia to Lake of the Ozarks — The Heartland of America

    ⚡ Columbia to Lake of the Ozarks — The Heartland of America
    Starts from

    Columbia

    Transportation

    Electric Car

    CO2 Savings

    163 lb

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Activities

    26

    Duration

    3 days

    Length

    308 mi

    Guide details

    Starts from

    Columbia

    Transportation

    Electric Car

    CO2 Savings

    163 lb

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Duration

    3 days

    Length

    308 mi

    History and CultureActive Leisure⚡ Electric Routes
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    Created By:

    Darcy Tuscano

    Darcy Tuscano

    Travel Expert

    Highlights

    • Dive into history at the state capitol of Missouri.
    • Lose yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Show Me State's natural parks.
    • Get spooked at the haunted state penitentiary.
    • Discover stunning Lake of the Ozarks.
    • Go underground and explore a one-of-a-kind cave.
    This route includes CCS charging station. For Tesla Superchargers, follow this link.
    Are you ready to discover this beautiful part of America's heartland on a three-day tour from Columbia south to the Lake of the Ozarks?
    Missouri, The Show Me State, is set to reveal all of her most amazing secrets and gorgeous scenery as you drive down the scenic highways and byways of the road less traveled.
    This trip covers the highlights of Jefferson City, the state capitol of Missouri, rural roads leading to hidden hiking trails, exploration of a world-famous cave, and a few culture and history museums along the way.
    Of course, there's plenty of good food to sample and you're not going to believe all of the down-home desserts you'll have to choose from!
    So if you're looking for a road trip that covers active exploration, history, culture, old-fashioned charm, and a whole lot of Midwest hospitality this is the trip for you!
    Make sure to fully charge your car before going on a road trip.

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    This route includes CCS charging station. For Tesla Superchargers, follow this link.
    Are you ready to discover this beautiful part of America's heartland on a three-day tour from Columbia south to the Lake of the Ozarks?
    Missouri, The Show Me State, is set to reveal all of her most amazing secrets and gorgeous scenery as you drive down the scenic highways and byways of the road less traveled.
    This trip covers the highlights of Jefferson City, the state capitol of Missouri, rural roads leading to hidden hiking trails, exploration of a world-famous cave, and a few culture and history museums along the way.
    Of course, there's plenty of good food to sample and you're not going to believe all of the down-home desserts you'll have to choose from!
    So if you're looking for a road trip that covers active exploration, history, culture, old-fashioned charm, and a whole lot of Midwest hospitality this is the trip for you!
    Make sure to fully charge your car before going on a road trip.
    Darcy Tuscano

    Darcy Tuscano

    Travel Expert

    • Dive into history at the state capitol of Missouri.
    • Lose yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Show Me State's natural parks.
    • Get spooked at the haunted state penitentiary.
    • Discover stunning Lake of the Ozarks.
    • Go underground and explore a one-of-a-kind cave.

    Travel itinerary

    Jefferson City, Here We Come!
    10 Activities

    Day 1

    143 mi2 mi

    Jefferson City, Here We Come!

    Most of today you'll be discovering the state capitol of Missouri, Jefferson City, which is less than an hour's drive south of Columbia. With a belly full of Missouri BBQ, you'll drive along a scenic backroad to the great outdoors park of Clifty Creek Natural Area. The day ends with an overnight in Lebanon, home to the Route 66 Museum.
    22:00
    Exploring Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Natural Caves and More!
    7 Activities

    Day 2

    60 mi0.5 mi

    Exploring Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Natural Caves and More!

    Ha Ha Tonka State Park is the highlight this morning with it's vast acreage, spring-fed aquamarine pools, and a crumbling stone castle. Put on some comfortable shoes because you'll be doing quite a bit of walking today as later you'll visit the famous Bridal Cave and learn about the Indian folklore that gave it that name. There's plenty of great home cooking today and oh, maybe you might want to try to throw an axe for fun?!
    22:00
    Chill Out at Lake of the Ozarks
    9 Activities

    Day 3

    105 mi0.3 mi

    Chill Out at Lake of the Ozarks

    Relax around the lake this morning, you deserve it after the last couple of busy days! After breakfast, it's time to discover more of the Lake of the Ozarks with a visit to the Willmore Lodge and Bagnell Dam. You'll also have lunch lakeside or in a classic lodge before heading out of this area. On the drive back to Columbia, there's time for a stop at one of the Show Me State's conservation areas for a nice nature walk. While there's no need to stop and charge your EV on this route, there is a charging station included at dinnertime if you'd like to use it.

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