Mountain View is a low-key tourism magnet where the main attraction is a daily showcasing of Ozark folkways, particularly regional music. It's a village filled with both culture creators and seekers. Folk-music enthusiasts rub shoulders with a local populace grounded in deeply spiritual Christianity. Folks tend to wear their religion on their sleeve, which may feel jarring to visitors from more secular backgrounds, but that faith considerably animates Mountain View's embrace of music and the arts.
The Visitor Information Center promotes Mountain View as the 'Folk Music Capital of the World,' and while that may be ambitious, you can catch live music here every night of the week. This pleasant vibe stands out amidst many surrounding towns that have fallen on hard times. Mountain View, in contrast, has survived and thrived by marrying its traditions to a tourism economy, all without sacrificing its soul.