An Ozark Mountain Christmas in Branson, Missouri.
This is a bus tour we took with Queensway/McCoy from Ottawa to Branson, Missouri. We left Ottawa really early in the morning, like 5:30 am, which meant we were up shortly after 4 am.
The first two and a half days were driving, stopping overnight first in Findlay, Ohio and then in St. Louis, Missouri. Both nights we stayed at Drury Inns. These were quite nice hotels and they also offered a free hot breakfast and hot snacks (supper) and free drinks in the evening.
In St. Louis we arrived early enough to take a tour of the Arch. This is a stainless steel Arch, 630 high at the top centre, which commemorates St. Louis as the gateway to the Amercian west. The arch is on the west bank of the Mississippi River. First time either of us had been that far west on the ground. This is a National Park. We took the tram ride to the top and looked out the portals onto the Mississippi River and the city of St. Louis. Nice views at dusk.