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Visit Branson’s Inspiration Tower



Branson is known for being the Live Music Capital of the World. It is also known to have the best nature parks and amusement parks in America, which is why it has been the prime vacation destination for so many people. Branson may be perceived as a city of fun and excitement, but everyone should know that within the city of Branson lies the Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower.


The Inspiration Tower in Branson is one of the places where you can have your quiet time to yourself to easily de-stress and forget all your worries. This tower also enables you to see whole of Branson. Get ready to be inspired in this tower which is actually the second highest point in Missouri. If you come on a clear day in Branson’s Inspiration Tower, you can even see across the state line of Arkansas!


This 230-foot Inspiration Tower in Branson is of the perfect height for you to see every location in Branson. The view in the tower itself is breathtaking. The tower can also be seen from any location in Branson. Whether you are going shopping or enjoying a day at the famous TriLakes area in Branson, you can still see the top of the tower.


The Inspiration Tower of Shepherd of the Hills, was built in the year 1989 to commemorate the historic 100th visit of Harold Bell Wright, who is the author of the book “The Shepherd of the Hills”. Wright first visited the 160 acre homestead in which the tower, and Shepherd of the Hills, stand today. It was first called as the Inspiration Point, which is Harold Bell Wright’s very first campsite on the homestead. The visitors of the Inspiration Tower in Shepherd of the Hills in Branson can now see why Wright was inspired in this same exact spot. The view of the Ozarks never fails to leave one speechless.


It was costly to build this tower, costing roughly $1.5 million for its construction. It also contains over 92,000 pounds of structural steel. Its sturdy foundations contains rebar weighing 34.5 tons. Glass was also installed in the tower to add to its majestic effect. This tower was constructed to be safe to enough to weather winds of up to 224 miles per hour. For guests to climb up to the observation deck, two glass elevators are available for transport.


During the Christmas season in Branson, the tower is decorated and lit up with Christmas lights. It is made to look like a giant Christmas tree and serves as an eye candy to the visitors. There is also a gift shop at the ground level of the tower where the visitors can buy their souvenir items and snacks.


This tower has been inspiring people for over twenty years. Do not miss out on this chance and visit Shepherd of the Hills’ Inspiration Tower in Branson now.

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Branson Lodging for the Holidays


This Christmas, spend the season in Branson, Missouri. Take the whole family and have a merry Christmas with all the things you can see and do in the city. You can watch Christmas-themed live musical shows as well as other regularly scheduled shows, visit different museums such as the Hollywood Wax Museum and Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, shop at great shopping malls such as the Branson Landing, experience the amazing outdoors at the three pristine Branson lakes, try the thrill rides and water activities of Silver Dollar City, or even dine at unique Branson restaurants that serve wholesome hearty Christmas dishes. You can have all of these in Branson. But a day is not enough, thus, make Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort your home away from home. You can choose from three famous Branson Lodging.

Branson Condo

A Branson Condo is not your typical condo. From a spacious living room to a beautiful and refreshing view of Missouri's award-winning golf course, you will definitely find this Branson Lodging worth it.

Branson Cabin

These cabins are the famous accommodations at the cabins at Grand Mountain. They are situated in a rustic, wooded setting with interiors and exteriors that blend with the surrounding environment. This is a great place to have that much needed rest after a fun-filled day during your Branson Christmas.

Branson Lakefront Condo

These are the newest addition to the Branson Lodging at Thousand Hills. Appropriately called The Majestic, these condos are located just minutes from one of the most pristine lakes in Branson, Table Rock Lake. You will delight in the breathtaking view of the main channel of Table Rock Lake. Spend the holidays in one of these and make the most out of your Branson Christmas.

All of these Branson Lodging are with a spacious living room, a fully-equipped kitchen with all major appliances, high-end beddings with pillowtop mattresses in each room, as well as a whirlpool Jacuzzi-type tub in each bathroom. And you can never get bored with the complete TV and DVD sets in each room and free wireless internet. You will surely feel the spirit of Christmas as these Branson Lodging will be decorated with a Christmas theme. Feel the difference in staying at these Branson Lodging. Whatever your lifestyle or taste is, Thousand Hills has something to fit it. For more information or for reservations, please dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Turn your Christmas into a Branson Christmas


Branson, Missouri is a place for your family this Christmas. If you want to make the most out of this once-a-year holiday, then going to the entertainment capital of the Midwest would definitely be a great decision. It’s always family time in a Branson Christmas with all the things you can see and do in the city. You will surely make more than just memories that will last a lifetime in your hearts. You can make everything count!

This coming Christmas, plan your visit to Branson, Missouri. The city did not become a tourist destination for the past few years for nothing. There are just so many things around to keep you as busy as a bee during your holiday. Just as what is written above, make everything count! And by doing so, make sure not to miss any of these Branson Christmas activities!

Branson Festival of Lights

What's Christmas without the lights? During the Festival of Lights, there will be dazzling light displays all over town, which you can drive through. You can either take your car and drive through the light displays filled towns or take the Ride the Ducks for your convenience. Be dazzled and amazed as these light displays shine their brightest to impress you.

Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights

The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead is what made Branson known all over the world. With its beauty, having trail of lights all over the place would definitely make it more beautiful. This Christmas, head out to the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and witness different trails of lights and dioramas. After which, you can enjoy a steamy hot chocolate at the gift shop or ride to the top of the inspiration tower to see the eye-catching view of Branson at night.

Silver Dollar City's Old Time Christmas

Get ready for this as the whole Silver Dollar City becomes a Christmas Wonderland. Witness the miles of lights and the beautiful 5-story Christmas tree which will delight both young and young at heart! You can also watch Christmas-themed musicals or enjoy some hot cocoa or Wassail. Have a blast through the past and celebrate an old time Christmas!

The Annual Adoration Parade and Lighting Ceremony

This event signals the start of Christmas in Branson. Be sure not to miss this when you visit the entertainment city this Christmas! For more information, contact the Branson Chamber of Commerce.

Santa's Workshop in Branson

You better watch out, you better not cry for Santa will be in Branson! Bring your kids to downtown Branson and decorate the "Giving Trees" to collect gifts for the Boys and Girls Club and residents of local nursing homes. They can also visit Santa and decorate a cookie or ornament that they can take home.

Branson Live Shows

What's Branson without the shows that have made it famous? You can enjoy various Branson Shows during this holiday and some are even Christmas-themed for your enjoyment!

Branson Christmas Shopping

There's always some space for a little Christmas shopping! Branson has all your shopping needs with its numerous shopping malls and outlet stores. If you need a gift or some holiday shopping, Branson has if for you!

Transform your Holiday into a Branson Christmas. You will never regret going to Branson, Missouri. If you need a place to stay, make sure to check out Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort. It has different Branson Lodging for your convenience. Whatever lifestyle or taste, Thousand Hills has it for you. You can choose from a specious Branson Condo, a luxurious Branson Lakefront Condo, or a secluded Branson Cabin. Let your eyes feast on the beauty of these accommodations by visiting  The accommodations can also be decorated with a Christmas theme to help you celebrate the season! For more information or for reservations, please dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Not Just Country!

When many folks think of Branson, they tend to think of fiddles, banjos and music with a sweet Southern twang. While it’s true that Branson, Missouri, the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest, is the home of bluegrass, and hosts numerous country music show including Silver Dollar City’s annual Bluegrass and Barbeque Festival, there is more than just country music to be found in Branson. If country music just isn’t your speed, or if you have a wide range of musical tastes, check out some of these other great Branson music shows!

SIX: Without a doubt, SIX has quickly become one of the most popular live music shows in Branson. This modern music show is one that the whole family will love, so book your tickets to see SIX in Branson quick – it will be an experience to remember! This show is performed by a group of six brothers who have been in the music industry for quite some time – they’ve performed at functions for all sorts of celebrity parties. At this great show, you’ll hear music from Bieber to Coldplay, all with great harmony and electrifying stage presence. Along with all the tunes, you’ll get some good old-fashioned comedy and some family stories from the brothers that will really make the show more personable.

The Haygoods Bring Music Variety to BransonThe Haygoods: This all sibling musical and entertainment group has taken Branson by storm – everybody loves the sweet sounds and special effects of the Haygoods! The talented group performs everything from 80s classic rock to modern day hits, with tight harmonies, fabulous dance routines, intense instrumental abilities and great stage presence. Folks who see the Haygoods show want to come back again and again!

it: The it show at the Hughes Brother Theater is certainly one of the ‘it’ performances to attend! Featuring the five talented Hughes Brothers and their equally talented wives and children, this fun show features not only some rockin’ good music, but also breathtaking costumes, stellar dance moves and more. The cast of the show (almost 50 members) are nearly all Hughes family folks, which only makes the show more enjoyable! If fact, they are known as ‘The World’s Largest Performing Family!’ The theater that the Hughes family performs it in is their very own, and coincidentally, used to belong to country music star Roy Clark!

There are countless opportunities to hear some great Branson music besides country and bluegrass – but of course, you can hear those too if you like! Branson caters to every musical taste with stunning shows you won’t soon forget.

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Branson By Boat – Spend the Day On the Lake

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There are lots of different ways to see the town of Branson, Missouri, the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest. You can tour the town by car – Branson has many lovely scenic routes that take you through some of the most beloved parts of town. Some folks like to bike through Branson, or perhaps run or walk. The Branson Scenic Railway offers a look at the town from a train car, and the Branson Trolley gives guests a fun, old fashioned tour! But perhaps one of the best ways to see Branson is on the water – in a boat! Don’t miss your chance for some Branson boating!

Table Rock Lake: Table Rock Lake is one of the best boating sites around – with multiple boat slips and launch sites stationed on its shores, you can get into the water from almost anywhere. Table Rock Lake State Park has many great places to put your boat in, and features a spacious dock for tying up your craft, or for simply kicking back and enjoying the beautiful lake view. This Branson boating friendly state park also has its own marina! Here boaters can get captained tours of the lake, rent a boat, or even take a WaveRunner out for a spin. The Table Rock State Park Marina also features a bait and tackle shop and a snack station.

Lake Taneycomo: Lake Taneycomo is a great lake to put your fishing boat out on. With miles and miles of beautiful shoreline scenery that cuts through the rugged heart of the Missouri Ozarks, you can relax on the water and take it all in – all while having a line in the water! Lake Taneycomo (short for Taney County Missouri) is one of the best trout fishing locations in the Midwestern United States. Brown and rainbow trout make their homes in these chilly waters – in fact, there is a fish hatchery right below the Table Rock Dam that releases their fully grown charges right into the lake! You sure can’t beat that kind of fishing!

Showboat Branson Belle: For some of the most luxurious Branson boating available, book your tickets for the Showboat Branson Belle! This beautiful steamer sets sail from the shores of Table Rock Lake, and will take you on a gentle cruise past breathtaking scenery. This glamourous boat ride features a full course meal and live shows and entertainment while you are on the water. Open air viewing decks make a great location for a romantic after dinner look at the lake! Group discounts for the Showboat are available – so book your tickets today!

These are some great options for seeing the amazing town of Branson by boat – so what are you waiting for? Hit the water and get a brand new view of Branson!

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Save With Free Branson Activities

Everyone loves saving money. That is why we clip coupons, shop sales, drive bargains, and bundle our insurance. Saving money is an important way to build wealth, prepare for an emergency or an unexpected bill or auto repair, and set an example for your family. While saving money is responsible and awesome, you don’t want to skimp on fun family and social activities. Luckily for all you penny pinchers out there, Branson, Missouri, the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest, has some very cool activities that you can enjoy for free! And what better way to save money than that?

Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery: While this stop on your Branson activities list is a little ‘fishy,’ it is certainly free! This interesting and educational facility offers visitors self-guided and conducted tours through the nature center/museum (filled with information about the trout that are raised at the hatchery and then released into Lake Taneycomo) and the outdoor concrete raceway area (filled with – what else- fish!). You can get up close and personal with the trout that are raised here, and even feed them from one of the on-site fish food stations.

Stone Hill Winery: If you like local and you like wine, or perhaps both, take a free tour of the Branson Stone Hill Winery! These free tours offer guests a firsthand look at the complex process of creating and aging fine wines. You’ll see a short film giving the history of the business, followed by a look around the Sherry room, where the sherry is baked and aged, and then take a look at how the finished wine is bottled. The tour ends with free tasting of Stone Hill’s wines – plus grape juice for the kids!

College of the Ozarks: A trip to this unique college should definitely be on your list of free Branson activities! Take a stroll around the beautifully landscaped campus, and gaze of the shores of Lake Taneycomo at Point Lookout. Check out the on-campus dairy, where the school’s herd of Holstein cows are milked daily; follow that with a tour of the gardens, where the produce that is sold at the C of O Farmers Market is grown. Edwards Mill offers free tours and demos of weaving, basket making and grinding flour. Don’t forget to stop in at the Keeter Center for some samples of their delicious ice cream!

Dewey Short Visitor Center: Just across the lake from the Table Rock Dam, the Dewey Short Visitor Center is often referred to as the crown jewel of Table Rock Lake. This beautiful facility showcases interactive exhibits and historical information about the dam’s construction, and information about the lake and its surrounding wildlife. The Visitor Center also offers picnic sites and swimming access for visitor enjoyment.

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These are just a few of the great free Branson activities that are available to visitors and locals alike. Don’t miss any of these opportunities to have fun and save money in Branson!

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Lake Activities for Every Taste

One of the highlights of Branson, Missouri, the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest is undoubtedly the lakes. Branson is not often referred to as ‘the Branson/Tri-Lakes area for nothing’ – there are indeed three great lakes here that make Branson even more exciting than it is already! Table Rock Lake (named after a large, flat rock structure on the lake shore), Lake Taneycomo (short for Taney County Missouri) and Bull Shoals (part of this lake is also located in Arkansas) are all loaded with opportunities for you to get adventurous – no matter what your tastes are, there is a lake and some Branson lake activities for you to enjoy!

Table Rock Lake: Table Rock Lake has loads of fun activities, whether you are a local who heads to the lake often, or a visitor who only stops by once or twice a year. Table Rock Lake is best known for its awesome fishing – in fact, there are nationally recognized bass fishing tournaments held here annually! Whether you are a tournament fisherman, or just like to sit on the shore and dangle a line, the fish are always biting in the waters of Table Rock. Table Rock Lake also boasts a state park complete with its own marina with boats for hire, a boat dock, hiking trails, and picnic areas. And if swimming is your thing, you will want to check out Moonshine Beach – it’s the only place in the Ozarks with sand!

Lake Taneycomo: While Lake Taneycomo might be a little cold for diving in and taking a swim, there are plenty of other great Branson lake activities to enjoy here. Instead of donning a swimming suit, grab some waders instead and partake in some of the best trout fishing around! Lake Taneycomo is home to rainbow and brown trout, and the cooler water temperatures make it the perfect habitat for these sought after fish. Lake Taneycomo also has the benefit of being the host body of water to the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery! Not only is it a great place to explore and learn about the trout, the lake and the surrounding area and wildlife, but it makes the fishing right below the dam pretty good too…

Bull Shoals: For a really unique activity, how about going IN the lake instead of on or beside it? That’s right, for the REALLY adventurous lake goers, Bull Shoals Lake offers some of the most unique scuba dive tours around. At the Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock, you can take a scuba diving class from P.A.D.I certified trainers, take a daytime OR nighttime guided boat diving trip, and even learn how to become a search and recovery scuba diver! You can rent or purchase your scuba diving equipment from the Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock, and group charter rates are available.

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Whether you like to just get your feet wet, or if you are the kind of person who just dives right in, there are Branson lake activities waiting for you on any of these great lakes!

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High Speed Thrills with Branson Go Karts

Go Karts at the tracks in BransonBranson, Missouri, the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest, is jam packed full of fun family activities. That is one of the reasons that Branson is such a wildly popular vacation destination in the United States – it truly is fun for the whole family! Family vacations are something that everyone enjoys – it creates great memories, strengthens bonds, and provides some much needed rejuvenation for everyone involved! So the next time YOUR family is in town, check out all of the great venues for family fun – like Silver Dollar City, Grand Country Inn, horseback riding at Bear Creek and of course…Branson Go Karts!

All of the Branson go kart venues provide you with family fun and high speed thrills, all rolled into one! With numerous places around town to buckle up and put the pedal to the metal, this is the ultimate family fun ride that you won’t want to miss out on. Just make sure that everyone involved uses safe driving skills so that it is fun for all!

The Track Family Fun Parks is out to help families have fun – their motto is ‘Don't act your age...Just Drive! Go-karts make kids feel like grown-ups, and grown-ups act like kids!’ That sure does sound like a recipe for family vacation memories. The Track features 14 – yes, you read that number right! – different go kart tracks, geared for little ones on up. Everyone can feel included when you drive The Track Branson go karts!

One of the popular go kart tracks featured in Branson is the new Heavy Metal High Rise – a crazy thrilling track that is four stories high! Fashioned from steel and concrete, this go kart ride will leave you breathless as you hurtle down the raceway. This track is 1,200 feet long and features a four story spiral followed by a three tiered slope back to ground level. It took 700 cubic yards of concrete and 200 tons of steel to build this monster!

Another popular Branson go kart track is the Wild Woody – if you like old school wooden roller coasters, this is the track for you! This cool wooden track has become a landmark in Branson – it’s hard to miss. At four stories tall and featuring two mini spirals, one full spiral and a blind peak, this rattling roller ride will thrill your senses!

And don’t forget The Lumberjack –this was Branson’s original go kart track and it is still a huge favorite to this day. Three stories tall with a blind peak, two full spirals and a logging theme, this high rise wooden track is one you won’t want to skip the drive on!

Many of the awesome go kart tracks in Branson don’t limit themselves to just go karts – you can play mini golf, laser tag, ride bumper cars, practice your swing in a batting cage, or take a crazy ride on the Skycoaster! It’s a whole lot of thrills packed into one family fun activity here in Branson.

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The Presley’s – Branson’s First Show On The Strip

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Branson, Missouri, the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest, has quite a bit of originality layered with history almost anywhere you look around the town. Take Silver Dollar City, for example – this original theme park got its start as a show to keep folks waiting to visit Marvel Cave entertained. Today, it is a multi-million dollar amusement park with thousands of visitors from all over every year! Branson is full of venues like these – including Presley’s Country Jubilee, Branson’s first show on the strip!

presleys-bransonPresley’s Country Jubilee has been inspiring music, laughter and repeat fans for decades – this is one original Branson show you certainly don’t want to miss while you’re in town. If you like country, gospel, dancing and knee slapping comedy, this is the show for you! Presley’s Country Jubilee is located at 2920 76 Country Blvd in Branson, also known as The Strip. You can’t miss the theater that houses this great show – it has become a landmark in the Branson area! But the Presley’s didn’t start in a theater…they got their show business start in a cave!

The Presley’s are an Ozark’s born and bred clan from the very beginning – this musically talented family began playing bluegrass for their neighbors inside caves – and imagine how great the acoustics were! The popularity of the Presley’s family show in the caves grew until they ran out of room in their underground stages – so in 1967, they built themselves a brand new theater to wow the crowds. It just happened to be the first live music theater in Branson; and if you look around the town today, it seems that the Presley’s started a trend!

From caves to a state of the art theater, Presley’s Country Jubilee has gained a wealth of fans – including those who tune in to RFD-TV every week to watch the show that is broadcast worldwide! This original Branson show is a cumulative effect of bluegrass, country and gospel music, coupled with dancing and instrumental talent, charming costumes and hilarious comedy, all provided by Branson’s favorite family! Don’t miss your chance to see the show that Springfield News-Leader calls ‘the standard by which all other shows are judged.’ Tickets for the Presley’s Country Jubilee can be booked in advance over the phone, or online at Be sure to ask about season passes, because once you see this great original show once, you will want to see it again and again!

The Presley’s Country Jubilee is one of those great Branson venues steeped in both history and originality. So for a real taste of Branson, this is the show to see.

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 Choose Branson Real Estate for your Christmas Home


Christmas is just a few days away and there’s no place to celebrate it other than Branson, Missouri. This entertainment capital of the Midwest continues to bring joy and excitement to all its guests and visitors with different form of entertainment. From live musical shows to unique shopping finds, Branson has the complete package that will make more Christmas more than just a yearly holiday. That is why Branson has become one of the most popular vacation destinations every Christmas. It’s always a merry Christmas in the city!

With so many things to do in Branson, a place to stay with the same quality as the city’s entertainment is essential when planning your visit. Since it’s not yet Christmas, there still time to consider a great investment you can make. Thus, this upcoming Christmas, consider having your very own place in the city. That’s having a luxurious vacation home or a second home whenever you want it. With this kind of offer, there’s no doubt why many have transferred their homes already in the city. You could just be next!

Thousand Hills Sales Company, which is a part of Thousand Hills Golf Resort, proudly presents its Branson Real Estate. There are more and more projects being done as people continue their search for the perfect vacation home or second home. As a result, we remain the premier real estate specialist in the city limits. The years that we have been in business serves as proof to us being the best with what we offer our clients. You might want to consider us and we can assure you that you will not regret it.

Thousand Hills Sales Company offers you different homes that will fit your lifestyle and taste. We simply provide you with the most luxurious vacation homes at the best locations in town. You can have your dream home while not being far from Branson’s Area Attractions. That’s having the convenience of being able to go home anytime you want after a day full of fun and thrills. But what makes them a great investment is that you can choose to participate in our nightly rental program when you’re not using your home. The perfect vacation home with rental income is what best describes our Branson Real Estate. So, what are you waiting for?

Make the most out of your Christmas this year by having your very own place to stay in the entertainment city. Make memories that you will cherish for the rest of your lives in your Branson home. Here are the Branson Real Estate Thousand Hills Sales Company offers. Click the link of the Branson home you wish to know more about.

Branson Golf Condo

Branson Golf Home

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Branson Lakefront Condo

With Thousand Hills Sales Company, your search for the perfect Branson home will be over! We look forward to doing business with you. For more information, dial 1-800-495-4653 or email us at Thousand Hills Sales Company

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