Congratulations, Branson, Mo., for being named the #1 Best Value City in the United States for 2016 by trivago.com! Well deserved, but you know, seven is our lucky number. Springfield ranked in 7th place — making it one of the Top 10 Best Value Cities in America. To celebrate, here are seven reasons to visit our fine city:

1. Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World

 

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

The original of the Bass Pro Shops® and the #1 tour attraction in Missouri, it’s almost 500,000 square feet dedicated to the beauty of the outdoors.

2. Springfield Cardinals Baseball

 

Hammons Field.

The Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, Springfield Cardinals Baseball games are a great way to spend time with friends and family during the season.

3. Parks, Parks and More Parks

 

Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park.

With more than 100 parks, Springfield’s parks have a lot to offer – from playgrounds to golf courses and a botanical center. Whether attending a sporting event or simply engaging in recreational activities, our beautiful park facilities have everything you need to enjoy your visit.

4. Cashew Chicken

 

Leong's Cashew Chicken.

We just had to include this Springfield original. Fried chicken smothered in brown gravy — enough said.

5. Downtown Springfield

 

Vandivort Hotel.

Downtown Springfield has gone through a resurgence in recent years and now boasts dozens of unique restaurants, bars and specialty shops. Also, the new Vandivort Hotel is an excellent new boutique hotel that puts you right in the heart of downtown.

6. Springfield-Branson National Airport

 

Springfield-Branson National Airport.

With non-stop service to 11 cities, Springfield/Branson National Airport makes travel to Springfield more affordable and easier than ever before. It also makes it easy to get to Branson, which brings us to lucky #7...

7. Branson, Missouri

 

Outlaw Run at Branson's Silver Dollar City.

Branson, trivago.com’s #1 Best Value City in the United States for 2016, is only 35 miles from Springfield and we’re glad to call them our neighbor. With Branson and Springfield both making trivago’s top ten list of Best Value Cities, southwest Missouri has a lot to brag about!