Summer and autumn are the best times to visit Pulaski County, so book your cheap flights to Fort Leonard Wood between April and October. These months are generally mild and rain-free – and the trails, rivers and mountains of the region will be at their very best. Summer is also the time to catch outdoor musical events and military displays, although major holidays such as Memorial Day and 4th of July can be busy.
Located in the beautiful surroundings of Missouri’s Pulaski County, Fort Leonard Wood is a charming town that is centred around one of the leading military bases in the United States.
This is a great destination for any lover of military history and memorabilia. Visit the Army Chemical Corps Museum to find out the fascinating history of chemical warfare and protection measures, or head to the US Army Engineer Museum to find out how military bases are built. Then there is the engaging US Army Military Police Museum, which rounds off a superb day of sightseeing for anyone who is interested in warfare.
For thrill seekers, Fort Leonard Wood has plenty to offer. Take a spin on the go karts at the base, or try canoeing and rafting on the nearby Gasconade River. The countryside around the river also offers some superb camping sites, and is a wonderful place to soak up the summer sunshine.
There are plenty of other outdoor activities to enjoy in the area around Fort Leonard Wood as well. Try paintballing, horse riding or hunting in the nearby Ozark Mountains; play golf at great courses like Piney Valley or Oak Hills, or just rent bicycles and follow riverside trails to serene picnic spots.
Entertainment is another great attraction of Fort Leonard Wood. Head to nearby Waynesville to musical venues like Into the Night and catch some local blues musicians, or see one of the regular productions by the Pulaski Fine Arts Association.
The town is also host to plenty of excellent restaurants. Sample dishes from around the world, from spicy Cajun cookery to pizza, Mexican and traditional American barbecue – or head to the local farmers market and whip up your very own feast.
The town itself has few bus services, although visitors can reach Waynesville easily by bus. However, the best idea is to rent a car from the airport, which will allow you to reach the Ozarks with ease. Renting a vehicle with a bike rack is advisable if you want to make the most out of the region’s many cycling trails.
Getting from Waynesville-St. Robert Airport (TBN) to Fort Leonard Wood should never be a problem. Taxis and shuttle buses can be arranged in advance (which is recommended for anyone booking flights to Fort Leonard Wood). The area has a reputation for cheap taxi fares, but many people will want to rent a vehicle of their own to provide added flexibility.