World class shows. Neon lights set aglow. Numerous attractions lining the strip. But look again, this isn’t Las Vegas. This is Branson, Missouri. Lauded as the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World,” Branson draws myriads of visitors to its theaters, which feature anything from comedic magic acts to Elvis Presley tributes. The natural beauty cannot be ignored either, for the Ozark Mountains provide a terrain of sparkling waters and forested trails. Plus, temperatures are mild to moderate, and the area sees more than 200 sunny days per year.
As the pathway through the Ozark Mountains, the Branson Scenic Railway offers a 40-mile roundtrip journey through spectacular tunnels and breathtaking foothills. Panoramic views of the Ozarks are seen through each of the dome cars and wide windows, and seating is unassigned. Passengers learn the history of the area as concessions are offered on the Silver Lake car, and a luxurious dinner train runs May through December on Saturdays. As seating is limited on the dinner train, reservations are required.
Nestled amidst the Ozark Mountains is Table Rock Lake, a Mecca for aquatic enthusiasts and fishermen. Swimming, wake-boarding, skiing, tubing, racing, and diving can all be done in the lake, while hikers will find the endless trails and wildlife alluring. Underneath Table Rock is the massive Missouri cave system, which is also open for exploration. Fishermen will be interested to know the record largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and other fish reside at the lake. And all of Branson’s attractions lie just beyond the hills.
Silver Dollar City is the epicenter of entertainment in Branson. 30 amusement rides comprise the thrills, plus 10 family rides. 40 live shows happen daily, and over 100 craftsmen make Silver Dollar City a great shopping location. For dining, a variety of restaurants and concessions will satisfy any hunger. Silver Dollar City hosts six world events annually: Family Spring Break Days, Young Christian's Weekend, Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, SDC Season Pass Appreciation Days, National Kidsfest Festival, Moonlight Madness, Southern Gospel Picnic, and National Harvest Festival.
In 1963, the Titanic Historical Society, Inc was formed. This became the first and largest organization dedicated to maintaining the history of the RMS Titanic and the White Star Line. Now Titanic Branson serves alongside the organization to give tourists and locals an opportunity to explore the magnificence and tragedy of the Titanic.
Lake Taneycomo is accessed by way of Downtown Branson, south of highway 76 in Hollister. The lake is clear and coldwater, restocked each year with around 750,000 rainbow and brown trout. There are full-service marinas, outfitters, resorts, campgrounds, and RV parks on Lake Taneycomo, making it a great vacation destination.
Historic Downtown Branson consistently draws tourists year-round to see the multitudes of attractions and events it has to offer. Museums, theatres, musical productions, retail shops, and restaurants make Downtown Branson a premier entertainment district in Missouri. Walking tours of the history and spooky legends are offered daily, and free trolley rides are even given between Historic Downtown and Branson Landing. Annual events held include the Plumb Nellie Days, Fiddle Festival, Autumn Daze, Piccadilly Women’s Event, Veteran’s Day Parade, and the Adoration Parade.
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