Don’t Leave Your Pet at Home

Planning a trip is especially important for pet owners. When a pet is a member of one’s family, it isn’t easy to just throw some things in a suitcase, backpack, or shopping bag and leave home for a few days. The inexpensive Sleep Inn Medical District has the answer for you. Less than one mile from Springfield’s Medical Mile District, the hotel welcomes no more than two pets per room, for $20 per pet per night. Hotel amenities include a complimentary breakfast buffet, indoor swimming pool, and spa tub. All guest rooms have free Wi-Fi.

Another Pet-Friendly Budget Option

Arbor Suites Medical Mile is another pet-friendly budget option. This hotel, at the south end of the Medical Mile District, welcomes one pet per room at $20 per night. Clarke Surgical Center, Lester E. Cox Medical Center South, Hulston Cancer Center, and Wheeler Heart and Vascular Center are nearby. Hotel amenities include complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast and free self-parking. Room amenities include free Wi-Fi, microwave, refrigerator, and cable television with premium channels.

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Best Springfield Restaurants

TripAdvisor has a comprehensive list of the Best Springfield Restaurants. Among the restaurant types are American, Mexican/Southwestern, delicatessen, and fine dining.

Drive-Thru Meals

Hungry travelers not wanting to sit in a restaurant for lunch or dinner enjoy picking up steak sandwiches and shakes from Steak n’ Shake. They can bring the meal back to their hotels and have their food and drink while watching television, reading, or sending emails. There are three restaurants in this chain in Springfield.

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Snacks

Have fun while eating dessert. Design your own treat at Andy’s Frozen Custard in Springfield, known as “Queen City of the Ozarks.”

Things to See and Do in Springfield

One of Missouri’s nicknames is “Cave State.” This is because there are more than 6,300 caves in the state. It’s nearly impossible to visit any part of Missouri without having the opportunity to explore a cave.

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Fantastic Caverns — Discovered by a Farmer’s Dog

A farmer’s dog disappeared for a short while one day in 1862 while exploring the farmer’s land. The dog found a hole and crawled into the entrance to a cave. Fear of the unknown kept anyone else from exploring the cave for five years after it was discovered. In 1867, in response to a newspaper advertisement, 12 women said they would go into the cave, later named Fantastic Caverns, to see what was there.

Exploring the cave’s exquisite interior is much easier today than it was in 1867. The only way to see the interior now is by going on a jeep-drawn tram tour.

Share Your Springfield Stories

Have you traveled to Springfield, Missouri? Did you stay in either of the hotels mentioned in this article? Did you explore a cave? What places do you suggest other travelers should not miss?

Daisy Mariposa is a freelance travel writer who has worked with clients such as Hipmunk. She has Occupational Certificates in both Travel Management and International Business and has worked as a travel agent. Daisy has traveled to half the states in the United States and more than 33 countries, island nations, and island dependencies. She has certifications as both a Specialty Travel Writer and Travel Copy Writer from one organization and Industry Elite status in Travel from another.