With fall comes the changing of the seasons and with the changing seasons comes incredible beauty at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Dazzling trees, adorned with red, orange, golden, and brown leaves. That short span of time between that last gasp of summer and before the cold breath of winter.
Sure, you’ve probably admired these changing leaves at some point in your life. We’ve all done it. But there is a more avid group of fall leaf enthusiasts called “leaf peepers”. Now, this might sound a little creepy at first, but we promise — it’s nothing of the sort.
Leaf peeing is the act of traveling intentionally to see the changing leaves. The origins of the term are rather fuzzy, however leaf peeping is a big hit anywhere trees are in abundance…especially in the New England states. But it only takes one visit to the Lake of the Ozarks in the fall to see that we are the perfect destination to get your fill of leaf peeping.
In case you’re scratching your head, wondering if you might be a leaf peeper, here are three signs to look for:
- You find yourself gazing out the window, a little too often, while driving. We don’t blame you! The beauty of nature can make it rather difficult to look away. Just be sure to keep your eyes on the road! One tip is to find a rest stop or scenic vantage point to stop and take it all in. These changing trees look even more gorgeous when you can stand still and look at every detail.
- Your Facebook page is filled with photos of trees, glistening with orange, red, and gold. Don’t be shy to admit it. As fall arrives, you find yourself taking more photos of trees with your phone and either sharing them on Facebook or sharing them with friends and family. You may also take multiple photos from different angles in order to get that perfect shot!
- You stash a pair of binoculars in your purse or glove compartment, “just in case”. This one is for the hardcore leaf peepers. Because there are times when you just can’t get close enough. Thankfully, at the Lake of the Ozarks, there are plenty of walking and hiking trails to get up close and personal with fall foliage.
Whether you’re a proud leaf peeper or just a casual observer of fall, there are few destinations better than the Lake of the Ozarks to see fall foliage in all its glory.
Remember the good ‘ol days of unrolling or unfolding paper maps? Well, those day are over for the most part.
Today, most of us have smart phones that allows us to navigate our way easily on any trip. Or even a trip across town!
Even though reception can be spotty at the Lake of the Ozarks, as long as you have a signal, here are 5 mobile apps that will help you out during your stay.
- Yelp: There are plenty of fantastic restaurants at the Lake of the Ozarks — from BBQ to seafood, there’s something for every taste bud. If you’re not sure where to go, open up this app and search what’s nearby. You can filter the search by how many stars people gave the restaurant and by which type of cuisine you’re craving. Download: iPhone | Android
- GasBuddy: Looking for a gas station and wanting to save some money? GasBuddy is your new best friend to find the best prices at the pump. iPhone | Android
- Google Maps: This is a no-brainer for any trip. Google Maps seamlessly helps you get to your final destination. Either use it as a map or use the GPS feature to make it even easier to navigate the winding roads at the Lake. If you have an iPhone, you can also use their Maps feature. Your preference! iPhone | Android
- Travel List: Whether you’re going on vacation or traveling for a work trip, this app is your lifesaver! Never again will you forget the little things: your toothbrush, shampoo, that shirt you love. The app helps you organize and remind you what needs to be packed. This is perfect for those of you who are forgetful. 🙂 iPhone only
- Weather Channel: Wondering what the weather at the Lake of the Ozarks is going to be during your stay? Open up your app and add a new zip code: 65037. Once it’s add, take a look at the weekend, 5-day, or week forecast. Once you’re at the lake, begin your morning with taking a look at this app and plan your day accordingly. iPhone | Android
When taking any vacation, it’s always best to be prepared.
Vacation is meant to be relaxing!
Here are some great tips to make packing, traveling, and enjoying your destination headache-free.
7 ways to go local while traveling – CNN Travel
Fall is the perfect time of year for Leaf Peeping – USA Today Travel
Travel Tips for Women: What to pack for a weekend escape – 303 Magazine
Hunting season heats up – CNN Travel
Tips for traveling with infants – USA Today Travel
Tips for taking a trip with kids who need car seats – Conde Nast Traveler
4 travel mistakes women make when traveling solo – go Girlfriend
The fall winds are blowing into the Lake of the Ozarks. We’re so excited for the changing leaves, pumpkin carving, and all those delicious fall dishes.
When it comes to staying warm, which warm drink do you go for? Hot cider or Hot cocoa? Let us know by commenting below!