Destination Guide: Missouri

Notable City: Branson

Summary

The all-American landscapes and Midwest hospitality you’ll find in Missouri are a departure from the traditional coastal vacation destinations. The air is pure, the people are kind and good times are never-ending. The main attractions in this state are in the charming city of Branson, located in the vast Ozarks region. Take it from us Kansans: Branson is well worth a week’s stay, and then some.

Must-See Attractions

Photo courtesy of the Branson/Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Photo courtesy of the Branson/Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Silver Dollar City
If you’re going to be in one of the Midwest’s top family vacation destinations, you’re going to need something shiny to catch their eye. Silver Dollar City is that place, the go-to destination for anyone coming to Branson. Name your choice of leisure and they have it: roller coasters, water rides, oh, and a cave and a steam train to go along with the 40 other rides and attractions.

Live Shows
It takes a lot to earn the title Live Music Capital of the World, and you’d be remiss if you didn’t go see what all the fuss was about. There is a lot to see, just look at the endless array of shows they have, ranging from country to comedy to drama to foreign. Come see why people travel from all over the nation to see these talented performers such as the Duttons, Clay Coopers Country Express (top photo) and Billy Dean.

Table Rock Lake
Spend an afternoon on the 500 miles of shoreline and you’ll see the Midwest has just as much beauty as any part of the country. Rent or take your own boat for a spin, go fishing, waterski and more on the scenic lake. The Ozarks are vast, covering a good portion of Missouri, and Table Rock Lake is the most convenient destination for those visiting Branson. If you want to venture out further, there’s plenty else to explore.

Also Try…

Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede. Photo courtesy of the Branson/Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. Photo courtesy of the Branson/Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Festivals and Events

The week-long event is considered the largest Veteran’s Day celebration in the country.

The week-long Homecoming Event is considered the largest Veteran’s Day celebration in the country. Photo courtesy of the Branson/Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

  • Annual Veteran’s Homecoming Event (November)

Trivia

  • From Branson, you can drive to 50 percent of the United States within one day. Because of this, Branson is what is known as a “rubber tire” destination, since many people arrive by car, RV or tour bus.
  • Branson has a population of 11,000 yet has more than 60,000 theater seats (50-plus theaters).

Suggested Resorts

Member Feedback

“This resort was fabulous. We did so much in the Branson area that we didn’t get to utilize all the activities and amenities but it was great knowing they were there and at our disposal.”
-David G. (The Suites at Fall Creek)

“This was a lovely place that was close to town but surrounded by woods so it was very peaceful. The staff were all kind and even offered a great breakfast with the Branson stars one morning. I would highly recommend this place and would love to go back.”
-Kimberly H. (The Cabins at Green Mountain)

For more on Branson from a member’s perspective, Peggy S. gave us a good rundown of the shows and attractions you can experience while you’re there in this Member Monday.

Top photo courtesy of the Branson/Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.