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The Inspiration Tower – One of Branson’s Tourist Attractions 


Branson is considered as a home to a lot of tourist attractions, which is the main reason why people keep on coming back to this gem in the Midwest. People choose to come to Branson no matter what time of the year it is because you will never run out of things to do here. You can have a grand time anytime because of the endless activities and attractions that choose no  season or month to give you a world-class experience.

One of the most visited tourist attractions in Branson is Shepherd of the Hills. People come here to visit many attractions, and one of these is the Inspiration Tower. The Inspiration Tower is the second highest point in Missouri, so once you are up here, you can have a 360 degree view of the entire city of Branson. On a clear day, you can even see all the way across the state line into Arkansas. In any location in Branson, you can also sight the Inspiration Tower. This 230-foot tower is certainly a must-visit attraction in Branson.

With the aim of commemorating the 100th anniversary of Harold Bell Wright’s first visit to the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, the Inspiration Tower was built in 1989. Wright is the author of the book Shepherd of the Hills, and the spot where the Inspiration Tower stands right now is his very first campsite on the homestead. Wright has found the scenery in that same spot to be inspiring, thus the Tower was named as such, hoping to also inspire the guests of the tower.

The construction of the Inspiration Tower in the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead was a huge project. The total cost for the construction was roughly $1.5 million. The tower weighs 3 million pounds, with more than 92,000 pounds of structural steel. The glass installed in the tower was also enough to cover a third of a football field. The tower is sturdy enough to withstand even the strongest gusts of wind, too.

Once you are in Shepherd of the Hills, you can take a ride in one of the glass elevators that will bring you to the observation deck. And mind you, the ride is a thrilling experience on its own already! The Inspiration Tower is open to visitors all year round, from 9 AM to 5 PM. After your time at the observation deck, you can always enjoy a good snack from the snack shop at the bottom. There is also a specialty gift shop where you can buy tower themed souvenirs and other Shepherd of the Hills items.

Make your Branson vacation more memorable by staying in Thousand Hills Golf Resort. You can have the best lodging options, and you also get to stay near Branson’s entertainment district. Book your stay in Thousand Hills now by calling 1-877-262-0430. 

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The Jim Stafford Experience


One thing that people know about Branson is the live music show. No wonder it is called the Live Music Capital of the World. There are many shows in Branson for you to watch, especially in Highway 76, or more popularly known as The Strip. With the wide variety of shows in the area, it may be hard to choose one. But one thing for sure is that you will never go wrong with watching a show at the Jim Stafford Theater.

The man behind this theater hailed from simple beginnings. Jim Stafford was born into a musical family, and he grew up playing guitar with his father on their front porch in Florida. At the age of 14, he began playing for his first band – The Legends. Jim also did gigs in clubs and weddings. After he graduated high school, he moved to Nashville and became e backup singer for Jumpin’ Bill Carlisle. He then recorded a song called Swamp Witch, and landed a deal with MGM records. This song that Jim composed became a Top 40 hit. His next single, Spiders & Snakes, quickly catapulted to gold. And as they say, the rest is history.

The fame that Jim Stafford still hasn’t lost its luster. He is considered to be a one person band. He can play the guitar and drums at the same time! He even added another guitar to his personal band, so you can see him play three guitars at the same time. Aside from Jim Stafford’s musical prowess, the show will be made even better by his equally talented children, Sheaffer and GG. This show is all about music, fun, and family. Bring the whole family with you in Jim Stafford Theater to have that unique Branson experience.

The Jim Stafford Show begins in January up to December. If you have seen the Jim Stafford show before, it is definitely worth watching again because of the improvements made in the theater. New projectors are up to provide the audience a more life-like 3D experience. You can now appreciate the 3D illusions in the show better with these improvements.

For your stay in Branson, choose Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort to have convenience and comfort in your stay. Thousand Hills offers you several lodging options. You can choose to stay in Thousand Hills’ comfy Branson cabins and condos. These lodging choices all have great amenities and are situated in the peaceful Ozark area to keep you away from the city noise. Thousand Hills is also located in the heart of Branson, just two blocks away from Highway 76, Branson’s entertainment district. Reserve your unit in Thousand Hills now to ensure yourself of that awesome Branson vacation. Call 1-877-262-0430 now. 

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Staying Well In Branson

Chances are, you probably don’t think about going to the hospital or visiting your doctor for more than an annual wellness exam – most people don’t. But accidents happen – you could trip and fall and fracture an ankle. Your son or daughter could wreck their bicycle and break an arm. Your spouse could come down with a high fever. At times like these, you want the peace of mind of knowing that there is someone nearby who can assist you. If you are fortunate enough to live in Branson, Missouri, you have nothing to fear – the doctors and nurses at the Branson hospitals and health clinics are standing by to help.

Cox Regional Medical Center BransonSkaggs/Cox Regional Medical Center: The Cox Regional Medical Center, located in the heart of the Branson community, is the area’s most state of the art hospital – and it has a long history as well! Originally named Skaggs Regional Medical Center, the hospital was founded in 1950 by local couple MB and Estella Skaggs. The then 25 bed hospital expanded over the years and now has 165 hospital beds and a new name; in January 2012, Skaggs began seeking assurance that Branson would continue to receive quality medical treatment through a healthcare partnership. That partner was the CoxHealth Network. In January of 2013, Skaggs began doing business under Cox Regional Medical Center. This Branson hospital provides emergency and urgent care, pediatric services, a cancer center, home health care, rehabilitation and more. Rest assured that you will be well cared for at the Cox Regional Medical Center!

Branson Walk-in Clinic: Located on Highway 248, the Branson Walk-in Clinic gives patients the freedom of medical care without an appointment. Owned and operated by Dr. Leonard Bridges, a local general practice physician, the clinic accepts most medical insurance, and performs general medical office procedures and tests, as well as minor emergencies. Other medical services include stitches, slings and splints.

Mercy Urgent Care: For medical treatment you can count on, visit the Mercy Urgent Care Clinic on Highway 248 in Branson. With low cost treatments, no appointments and shorter waiting times, you will get the care you need quickly and affordably. This clinic can treat cuts, abscesses and puncture wounds, cold and flu symptoms, fevers, UTI infections, rashes and minor burns. Drug screening, occupational medicine, and worker’s compensation care are also available at this Branson clinic.

With so many choices for Branson hospitals and clinics, you can rest assured that you and your family will be well taken care of, whether it is a life threatening emergency, or simply a common cold.

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Stay in Shape While Having Fun

Everybody knows the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle. It is promoted in schools, on TV, in magazines, and countless research studies. People who live a healthy lifestyle and exercise regularly live longer, have fewer problems with depression, and are happier. And if you happen to be a resident or a regular visitor of Branson, Missouri, you are in luck – this town makes it easy to get in shape! Branson regularly hosts fitness events like 5Ks and the Iron Man Challenge, plus there are lots of great places to hike, bike and more! So get your Branson fitness face on, and get active!

Run: Branson is a great place to be if you are an avid runner, a weekend jogger, or just looking for a good way to exercise. The hills and slopes of the Ozarks make for some great training ground for runners! Many people simply run around the block or on some of the roads in town – lots of things in Branson are within walking distance, which makes them within running distance too! If you choose to run on some of Branson’s busier roads, make sure be observant of vehicle traffic, and wear reflective clothing as a safety precaution, especially when running at night. If you want to make your workout more fun, consider running one of Branson’s many 5K races! The Diva Dash, the Silver Dollar City Roller Coaster Race and the Tanger Outlet 5K are all fun options for runners.

Hike: Not only is hiking a great Branson fitness option, it’s a great way to get back to Nature at the same time! The Branson/Tri-Lakes area is full of great places to hike. Busiek State Park and Wildlife Area, about ten minutes north of Branson on Highway 65, offers some of the best hiking trails around. Each trail has a varying level of difficulty, depending on your personal level of fitness, making it a great workout stop for any outdoor exerciser. If you prefer terrain that is a little more solid and a bit flatter, check out the trails at Table Rock State Park, or the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery.

Bike: If riding bikes is your idea of Branson fitness, you are in luck! Branson is home to one of the state’s premier mountain biking trail systems. The White River Valley Trail System is nearly twelve miles long, and features four different trail loops, with the Red Loop being the most difficult and technically challenging, and the Blue Loop being one of the best nature watching trails. This trail system features obstacles and terrain of every kind, and is great for the experienced cyclist or someone just easing into the sport. Be sure to wear a protective helmet while mountain biking!

Swim: During the warmer months, there is plenty of water in Branson for you to swim in! Swimming is a great cardio exercise – and it’s also fun! Table Rock State Park offers some nice swimming areas, and Moonshine Beach is a picture perfect swimming cove! Neither swimming area has a lifeguard on duty, so be sure to use proper swimming safety.

With so many different Branson fitness options, you’ll be in shape (or stay in shape!) in no time! So what are you waiting for? Get moving!

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Out of the Way Attractions Near Branson

If you are at all familiar with the geography of the Missouri Ozarks, you probably understand how easy it would be for things to get overlooked. With all the timbered hillsides, deep ravines, curvy roads and surprise bodies of water, not everything in the Ozarks is located in a place to be eye catching. Luckily, though, for the visitor or the local, there are many hidden Ozarks attractions that are worth hunting for – and many of them are not far from the Branson area! So the next time you and your family are searching for a unique attraction to visit, travel off the beaten trail to check out some of the Ozarks attractions below.

National Tiger SanctuaryThe National Tiger Sanctuary: Did you know that there are real live tigers hiding in the Ozarks? Well, now you do! These beautiful striped cats live happily at The National Tiger Sanctuary, located in Chestnutridge, MO, just west of Highway 65 down Highway BB. At this ‘grrrreat’ Ozarks attraction, you can see tigers, lions and panthers up close and personal, while being educated on the cats, how they live, and what you can do to help protect them for future generations. The sanctuary offers several different tour options – everything from a general tour, to a feeding tour where you can feed the tigers yourself!

Smallin Civil War Cave: If you are a history geek, a Civil War buff, a spelunker, or just someone looking for a neat hidden attraction, you’ll want to be sure to visit Smallin Civil War Cave, located in Ozark, MO! Just off of Highway NN, Smallin Civil War Cave is a family owned attraction that will fill you with wonder. With a cave mouth that is fifty feet high and set back into a beautiful forested hillside, you can feel the cool cave air rushing out to greet you as you approach the cave. Your cave guide will take you on a one hour tour (approximately) and teach you all about the geology and folklore that surrounds that cave, as well as some of the real life people and events that were centered around the cave. Deep inside the cave along the paved walking trail (it’s wheelchair friendly!), you can see rock formations, cave crickets, bats, and other neat cave critters. You won’t want to miss this beautiful and educational trip into the Ozarks – literally!

Uncle Rooster’s Restaurant: Most people wouldn’t consider a restaurant an attraction – but eating at Uncle Rooster’s is truly an Ozarks experience! This famous restaurant in Seymour, MO, on the side of East Highway 60, was founded, owned and operated (and still is today!) by Ozarks locals Wayne – Uncle Rooster – and Bobbi Dunning. This roadside eatery attracts locals, visitors, bikers, buses, families and individuals – anyone who wants a good meal experience! The first thing you’ll notice about Uncle Rooster’s as soon as you walk in the doorway is the floor – it’s covered in what appears to be graffiti. A closer look reveals that the colorful ink on the floor is the signatures of everyone who has visited Rooster’s! Guests old and new are given giant Sharpies by the waiters and waitresses and asked to sign the floor. While you wait for your Sweet Corn Nuggets, Catfish Dinner, Fried Chicken, Vienna Hot Dog, or other delicious menu option, be sure to check out all of the artwork hanging on the walls – it’s all local, and all for sale! So when you leave, you can take a piece of Rooster’s with you.

These are just a few of the hidden gems in the Ozarks that you can visit. Take the road less traveled by and find some more!

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Three Bedroom Branson Condominiums For Your Budget Trip


Everybody wants a grand vacation, but the major drawback is the amount of money to be spent. Good news for you, because you can have a luxury vacation in Branson Missouri and come home with big savings! Turn your budget trip into a luxurious one in Branson!

Branson Missouri has long been known for its live music shows and attractions. People always flock to Branson no matter what month or season for the world-class entertainment, dining, and shopping experience. It all happens in the famous 76 Music Boulevard, also known as the Strip. With all these attractions and activities in Branson, one day will certainly not be enough for you to experience everything. While you are in Branson, make the most out of it by renting a three bedroom Branson condominium with your family and friends.

The three bedroom Branson condominium at the Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort lets you stay close to the Strip, and it also lets you stay in the warmth of nature. With Thousand Hills located just minutes away from the entertainment and shopping district, theme parks, restaurants, and museums, you can maximize your time and have more opportunities to enjoy all the perks that come with renting a three bedroom Branson condo.

Your rental of the condo unit already comes with a fully furnished bedroom, complete with luxury bedding which includes triple sheeting and lots of pillows. You can also use the sofa sleeper, making the three bedroom condo a convenient space for 8 people. The televisions in all bedrooms are all equipped with cable channels and HBO. You can also enjoy free wireless internet and DVD player so you can be entertained and you won’t have to miss out on the important updates from the online world even if you are on a vacation. The condo also features a fully equipped kitchen. It has all the major appliances needed, with dishes, glasses, pots, and pans. Other amenities in Thousand Hills which you can use are fitness center, seven swimming pools, sports court, tennis court, and children’s play center.

The Branson condominiums offer a great deal for you when you are travelling with a large group. It also gives you the homey space that you need. Thousand Hills is located in the heart of Highway 76, so you are just a few steps away from the famous shows and attraction of Branson. But staying close to the city does not mean you can’t get the peace and quiet you want. Thousand Hills lodging places are secluded enough for you not to be disturbed by the city noise.


Call 1-877-262-0430 now and reserve your very own three bedroom Branson condo. Start planning your visit to Branson now!

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It’s A Good Day to be Out in the TriLakes Area


One of the many things that Branson can brag about is its outdoors. More than the live music shows which made this place famous as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World, the adventure seekers have turned to Branson to have a grand time with the gifts of nature. One popular place that people often visit in Branson during this time of the year is the TriLakes Area.

The TriLakes Area serves as a home to three of Branson’s most beautiful lakes – Table Rock Lake, Bull Shoals Lake, and Lake Taneycomo. People frequent these lakes because of the various water activities that they can enjoy such as boating, jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, wakeboarding, swimming, fishing, and many more. The TriLakes Area is also a great spot for picnic with the family. Whether you may be an adventure junkie, sports enthusiasts, or anything, you are sure to have a good time in the TriLakes Area in Branson.

Table Rock Lake is a man-made lake that is located 10 miles from Branson’s entertainment district – the famed Highway 76 Strip. It is also here in Table Rock where you can find some of the country’s top bass fishing. You can catch largemouth, smallmouth, Kentucky spotted bass, white bass, and rock bass in Table Rock Lake. Some of the state record holders were also caught here in Table Rock Lake, like the 5 pound, 6 ounce record white bass and the 7 pound, 8 ounce record spotted bass.

Another large lake is the Bull Shoals Lake. You can enjoy houseboat rentals, recreation and world-class fishing in this lake. Bull Shoals has been hosting several regional and national fishing tournaments, which serve as an added attraction aside from boating, jet skiing, and other water sports in the lake. Some of the state record holders from Bull Shoals Lake are the 13 pound, 14 ounce largemouth, the 51 pound striped bass, and a 21 pound, 1 ounce walleye. The underdeveloped shores of Bull Shoals Lake make it an excellent fishing spot for some father-and-son bonding activity, or for competitive fishing, too.

Last but not the least, Lake Taneycomo also gives Branson tourists additional enjoyment. Lake Taneycomo is a cold water haven for trout, and it also serves as a breathtaking backdrop for Downtown Branson. This lake is also the spot where cruises and boat tours depart, so if you want a unique and fun tour of Branson, you can always go here and join the tours.


The TriLakes Area in Branson is a sight to behold. Plan your trip now to experience the lakes during the spring season. For your lodging needs in Branson, choose Thousand Hills Golf Resort for comfort and convenience. Thousand Hills is located near Table Rock Lake and Highway 76. For reservations and inquiries, call 1-877-262-0430.

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A Branson Vacation is the Perfect Mothers’ Day Treat


Branson Missouri is a place that people frequent because of the many activities and attractions in the area. People of all ages will also enjoy the live music shows, theme parks, shopping malls, restaurants, and nature parks. People can also have a grand time with the festivals happening in the area. No matter what time of the year you get to visit Branson, you will always find a celebration waiting for you.

This May, bring along the first woman you have loved in your life for one wonderful treat in Branson. Our mothers deserve all the best, and that is why a trip to Branson will be the perfect gift for someone as special as your mom. Celebrate Mothers’ Day in Branson this May 10, 2015 and enjoy all the activities and attractions. Mothers can also bring along the entire family if she wants to treat the kids, since all of the attractions here are suitable for all ages. Plan your Mothers’ Day trip to Branson by keeping in mind these must-visit places. You can enjoy brunches by the TriLakes Area because there will be several restaurants that will be offering a special menu for Mothers’ Day. These restaurants also offer a very relaxing ambiance brought about by the lakes in Branson, which all mothers will truly enjoy.

Branson is called the Live Entertainment Capital of the World because of the live music shows. Treat your mom to a show featuring songs from her favorite artists by the local talents of Branson. Some of the family friendly shows that you can catch are The Presleys, The Baldknobbers, The Cat’s Pajamas, Dixie Stampede, The Haygoods, Mickey Gilley, and a lot more. These musicians will not only entertain you with their musical prowess, but you will also find yourself laughing with their antics onstage. Museums in Branson are also good places to visit to make for an interesting trip. Visit the Titanic Museum in Branson, Hollywood Wax Museum, Veterans Memorial Museum, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum for a fun and memorable way of learning new stuff – from the Titanic to the Hollywood stars, Branson can give all that to you.

Other activities that you can do to spend Mothers’ Day are playing golf and shopping. Your mom may be a novice at golf or a pro golfer, but worry not since Branson golf courses can offer the right set for any skill level. Lastly, who doesn’t love to shop? Moms will be surely delighted to find that there are big discounts that await them in Branson outlet malls. Malls such as Tanger Outlet Center, Branson Landing, Branson Craft Mill Village, and a lot more will let you score great finds at the lowest prices.


Spend Mothers’ Day in Branson now and have a great time with your moms and family. For lodging concerns, go to Thousand Hills Golf Resort where you can avail of various lodging options. Thousand Hills is also situated close to Branson’s entertainment district, making it more convenient for you. For reservations, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Wonderful World-Fest Celebration in Branson


It’s not yet too late for you to experience one of the largest international festivals in America. In Branson Missouri, not only will you get to witness the spectacular live music shows and plays that the place has become famous for; you also get to participate in several exciting festivals in the area. It does not matter what time of the year you get to visit Branson, because you are sure to have a festival waiting for you.

The celebration may have started but it hasn’t ended yet because World-Fest in Branson is still ongoing until May 3, 2015. Come and join the celebration of the diversity of cultures in World-Fest, a festival hosted by Silver Dollar City. Silver Dollar City is known to be one of Branson’s most famous theme parks. It is famous for its thrilling rides and also for the shows that provide the guests with a breather from all the excitement in the park. This theme park is also hosting several festivals all throughout the year. This May, you can catch the World-Fest, which aims to unite seven continents into one festival.

Lots of tourists often come back to World-Fest year after year, simply because this festival always has something new to offer to everyone. Every year, you can expect World-Fest to give you fresh talents and cuisines from different countries and cultures. Watch out for the special performances this year from talents like Ireland The Show, Cirque Zuma Zuma, Ansambel Navihanke, Stix of Steel, Island Fire, Ecuador Manta, and a lot more. Aside from the shows, you can also enjoy the food. Try different cuisine like Italian calzones, chicken fajitas, tiramisu torte, and many more. Experience the world, even without leaving the Ozarks – that’s a promise by the World-Fest to you. No wonder it is hailed to be America’s largest international festival.

Even with the World-Fest going on, you can still enjoy the rides and attractions in Silver Dollar City. In fact, Silver Dollar City has just opened a new ride called “Tom & Huck’s Riverblast”. This ride is America’s biggest water battle, and if you visit Branson in the first week of May, you will be just in time for the conclusion of the World-Fest and the opening of this new awesome ride.


A day in Branson is not enough to experience all the fun and adventure that it has in store for you. If you are planning to stay in Branson for two days or more, avail of the best lodging options in Branson – Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Thousand Hills is located very near Silver Dollar City so you get to be close to the festival. The lodging areas in Thousand Hills are enveloped with the tranquility of nature so you would not be disturbed by the city noise. Make Thousand Hills your partner in a memorable Branson trip. Call 1-877-262-0430 now for inquiries and reservations.

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