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Branson Introduction


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Many people wonder how a tiny town in a quiet corner of the Midwest became a major center of entertainment and tourism. If you pay a visit to the Branson, Missouri, area, it starts to make more sense. The mountains and lakes of southwest Missouri are a beautiful place to visit. In fact, a fair number of people have been vacationing there since the early 1900s. Entertainers recognized these visitors as a steady audience for their performances and realized that Branson would be a pleasant place to spend part of the year. Put big-name entertainment into a friendly locale—with good fishing and breathtaking scenery—and it's not so surprising that the small town of Branson does big business.   Click here to see the full Branson travel guide on Travel42 »

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Branson Geography


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Branson is located about 11 mi/18 km north of the Arkansas line in the rugged, scenic Ozark Mountains, which reach from southwest Missouri to northwest Arkansas and into northeast Oklahoma.  Click here to see the full Branson travel guide on Travel42 »

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Branson History


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Once the domain of the Osage people, the Ozarks were visited by European fur traders beginning in the late 1600s. No large-scale settlement took place until the 1800s, however—after the territory passed to the U.S. in the Louisiana Purchase.  Click here to see the full Branson travel guide on Travel42 »

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Branson Sightseeing & Things to Do


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In Branson, many of the noteworthy sights and attractions combine elements of Ozarks history and culture with modern technology. Silver Dollar City, for example, preserves the culture of the Ozarks through musical presentations, crafts demonstrations, storytelling and conservation efforts. The region's past is also the focus of the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and Outdoor Theatre, a theme park and dramatic production based on Harold Bell Wright's novel set in the Ozarks at the turn of the 20th century.  Click here to see the full Branson travel guide on Travel42 »

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Branson Nightlife


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Nightlife options in Branson—meaning bars and nightclubs—are rather limited, as most visitors prefer to take in an evening show at one of the live theaters. The fact that Branson is a small, family-oriented community also results in a limited number of establishments that serve alcohol. And since state law requires bars to stop serving alcohol at 1 am, most places close about then.  Click here to see the full Branson travel guide on Travel42 »

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Branson Restaurants & Dining


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Branson's restaurant offerings now boast more than 260 eateries. Although most dining establishments are casual and inexpensive and serve traditional American fare, there are several eclectic or upscale restaurants as well. All-you-can-eat buffets are plentiful, catering to big groups who need to eat on a schedule. Most offer four entrees, an assortment of cooked vegetables, a salad bar, breads, desserts and beverages. You'll also find a mix of mom-and-pop diners, steak houses, fast-food joints and national chains.  Click here to see the full Branson travel guide on Travel42 »

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