Central Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks recently was voted the second best “Destination for Fall Foliage” in America, according to a recent USA Today readers’ poll.
The survey (10best.com) asked USA Today readers from across the country to choose the top spot for viewing fall colors. The Lake of the Ozarks finished just behind Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but topped other destinations, including Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, Wisconsin’s Door County, and New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
Tim Jacobsen, executive director of the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau, said visitors return every year to see fall colors.
“The majority of our fall visitors come from Missouri, but we get a lot from all over the Midwest and the West Coast because they don’t get to experience fall like we do here," he said.
The peak of fall color usually occurs in mid- to late-October when maple, ash, oak, and hickory trees turn red, orange, and yellow. However, this year, the season is running a week or so behind due to dryer conditions.
For more information about visiting Central Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks, visit your nearest AAA full-service office or call Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) FUN-LAKE (386-5253)