Atop Inspiration Point, the highest point in Southwest Missouri and the second highest point in the state of Missouri, sits Inspiration Tower at the Shepherd of the Hills.
Inspiration Tower is the tallest structure of its kind made entirely out of pre-stressed concrete. There is actually a total of 92,064 pounds of structural steel weight in the tower. The total amount of rebar in the foundation totals 34 ½ tons (equaling 5 miles!). It took forty-three concrete trucks in convoys to fill the 13' 6 deep by 51'6 diameter foundation. There are 115 cables that run inside the concrete walls of the tower, and each one of these can withstand over 200,000 pounds of pressure per square inch. The tower can easily withstand a constant wind of 172 miles per hour.
As a beautiful counter-balance to all this concrete, the tower also contains windows - and lots of them! There is 4,400 square feet of glass in the tower, this equals 1/3 of a football field! You can ride one of two glass elevators to the large enclosed observation deck on top. Here you can relax and enjoy the 360 degree view while and audio tour tells you exactly what you're looking at and a little bit about the history of the area. Then, one flight of stairs takes you down a level to the open air observation deck where telescopes give you an even better view of the area. In the summer, you can actually see the people in boats on Table Rock Lake!
You might consider visiting Inspiration Tower after dark, too. The bird's-eye view of Branson's glittering lights is a breathtaking sight to behold!
There's also a specialty gift shop, snack bar and restrooms on the ground level.