Featured Destinations: -Springfield, Missouri / is the third-largest city in the state of Missouri and the county seat of Greene County. As of the 2010 census, its population was 159,498. As of 2016, the Census Bureau estimated its population at 167,319. It is one of the two principal cities of the Springfield-Branson Metropolitan Area, which has a population of 541,991 and includes the counties of Christian, Dallas, Greene, Polk, Webster, Stone and Taney. Springfield's nickname is "Queen City of the Ozarks" and it is known as the "Birthplace of Route 66". It is home to several universities, including Missouri State University, Drury University, and Evangel University. -Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium / this 350,000-square-foot Wonders of Wildlife (WOW) National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri was recently opened by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. It took more than 10 years to complete the 350,000-square-foot compound adjacent to the sprawling Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters, about an hour's drive from Branson. WOW boasts 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds; 1.5 million gallons of freshwater and saltwater aquariums; and more than 1.5 miles of trails that meander through 4-D dioramas that share sights, sounds and smells of wildlife habitat, including the African savannah, the Amazon rainforest, ten U.S. National Parks and the Arctic. Notable galleries on the aquarium side of WOW include a 300,000-gallon wraparound aquarium; a two-story Shipwreck Room where visitors can touch stingrays, and a 3-story 'bait ball' created by thousands of herring on the defense against circling sharks. Also included is a gallery filled with photos, fishing artifacts and mementos associated with noted anglers like Ernest Hemingway, Zane Gray and several U.S. presidents (including George W. Bush and Carter). Featured Activities: -Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium ---------- Video Overview – Travel to Springfield, Missouri and tour of the Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium.