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Thousand Hills History

Branson, Missouri, is an area steeped in rich history and heritage. Take the history of Shepherd of the Hills and the Baldknobbers, for example. Or perhaps the history that surrounds the Table Rock Dam. Silver Dollar City, one of the worlds’ leading theme parks, is a great showcase of the Missouri Ozarks heritage. There is a great deal of natural history here too – just look at all of the beautiful springs, forests and rock formations. If you are a Branson history buff, you just might be interested in the history of Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort, one of the leading resorts in Branson.

Thousand Hills in very well known in the Midwest for its award winning golf course, and for the venue’s willingness to cater to golfers of all levels, from professional all the way down to novice. The golf course is open to the public, and Thousand Hills often hosts golfing events. The resort side of the business is also extremely popular; Thousand Hills offers golf course and lakeside condos, as well as a hotel and rental cabins. All options come with a host of luxurious amenities to make a travelers stay comfortable and convenient. Thousand Hills also partners with several area businesses to offer guests the Platinum Experience during their stay. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that Thousand Hills has become such a popular destination for both tourists and locals alike. So how and when did it all get started?

Thousand Hills Golf ResortIn 1990, partners of Silver Dollar City purchased a spread of 330 acres for a whopping $2.85 million dollars; this purchased property was dubbed ‘Thousand Hills.’ Over the next few years, some of the acreage was sold to other businesses. In 1992, the beginnings of what would later become an award winning golf course began to take shape. Condominiums were soon added to the lineup and in that same year, Thousand Hills sold eighty condos in eleven weeks – and that was just the beginning of condo success!

In October of 1993, construction on the golf course began. One hundred twenty thousand yards of rock were moved, and over seven hundred thousand dollars of topsoil was purchased and trucked in to aid in course construction. In 1994, the Clubhouse was built and in 1995, the golf course and clubhouse were completed with a total cost of $8 million. The legendary Andy Williams hit the venues’ first ever golf ball in April of 1995, and history went on from there. The condos, and later on, cabins, continued to be a huge hit and sold out repeatedly. Everyone wanted a piece of the Thousand Hills pie, and that still holds true today!

So come visit Thousand Hills Hotel and Gold Resort today – stay in a cabin or condo, play a round of golf, and simply enjoy this great place that history brought forth.

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Great Outdoor Activities awaits you this Spring Break in Branson

Spring break in Branson is a perfect vacation destination where fresh blooms of flowers and plants filled the surroundings of the wildlife around the Ozark Mountains. During this spring time, it is great to enjoy viewing the lush greenery, feeling the cool mornings, shopping in the outlet malls, cruising on the lake, and watching live entertainment shows. As Branson is beautifully connected with the three lakes namely, Table Rock Lake, Bull Shoals Lake, and Lake Taneycomo, it makes the place the best tourist destination. With these lakes around the area, you can imagine the vast possibilities of enjoying exciting water sports and other outdoor activities.

When you spend a spring break in Branson, you will certainly enjoy every bit of your time with a variety of exciting activities and wonderful attractions. When rain showersSilver Dollar City's River Blast Logo pour in the Ozarks in spring time, lush greenery flourishes while redbuds, dogwoods, and wildflowers bloom. Spring break in Branson is really such a great time to enjoy as the season’s temperature averages from 50 to 80 degrees which means sunny and warm days while the evenings are refreshing.  Branson’s live entertainment shows and beautiful theme parks introduce new features of world-famous performers, exciting acts, and new exhibits.

In Branson, there are spring events offering the most exciting spring break activities and exciting attractions. Here you can experience in the theme park at the Silver Dollar City the most thrilling and the most exciting RiverBlast and multi-level go kart tracks that can be an unforgettable ride of your life. The park features 40 shows and 30 thrilling rides to entertain visitors of all ages. The park also features treetop fun houses, a play area with climbing nets, a carousel, and sand tables.

In the heart of Branson, you can enjoy movie shows in 50 theaters and many live entertainment performances. You can also visit some of the most interesting museums like the Hollywood Wax Museum or the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum. Try to pose beside the beautiful wax figures of some of the Hollywood famous stars such as leather clad James Dean, John Wayne, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson.

If you want to attend a wonderful show with dinner, watch the Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show. You will get your own roasted chicken with several side dishes while watching a very extraordinary show. Here in Dolly Parton’s Show, you will get the chance to watch costumed southern bells, Civil War soldiers, 32 trick horses, and a unique show giving tribute to America.

Your enjoyment with the exciting activities and live entertainment shows won’t be enough if you don’t go shopping. There are over 101 specialty shops and three outlet malls in the heart of Branson. With the abundance of outlet shops, you surely can find the thing you like to take home as souvenir.

If you have not decided yet where to go for your perfect spring break destination, considering going to Branson where rain showers this season bring fresh blooms of flowers and plants.

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Make the Most out of your Spring Break in Branson

If you are searching for a perfect spring break destination where you will see fresh blooms of flowers and plants, come and explore Branson this spring time. Spring break in Branson is a great time to enjoy around the Ozark Mountain with its lush greenery, the cool mornings, cruises on the lake, outlet mall shopping, and entertainment shows. With lots of exciting attractions in Branson, you will certainly enjoy every bit of your time this spring season.

Spring break in Branson, is a great time to enjoy as the climate temperature averages between 50 and 80 degrees which means the evenings are refreshing while it is sunny and warm during the day. In spring time, there is occasional rain shower in Branson which brings forth blossoms of plants and flowers around the natural scenery and wildlife of the Ozark Mountain.

A wholesome fun is waiting for you in Branson, as there are over 80 live entertainment performances and movie shows in 50 theaters.  If you have a passive approach to your spring break vacation, you may prefer to spend your evening with fine dining and shopping to satisfy your cravings for delicious foods and shopping pleasures. If you are a sports enthusiast with full energy, there are areas around the lakes that offer a wide variety of outdoor activities that include biking, hiking, boating, and fishing.

Fire in the Hole! LogoIf you want to know more about fresh water fish, the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery in Branson is a great educational destination for you and your family. You will learn here what fish and how much fish the hatchery can produce annually. If you want to add more knowledge about the wine making industry, the Stone Hill Winery is also an interesting place to visit.

If you play golf or just appreciate it, Branson has seven golf courses, one of which is the famous Thousand Hills Golf Course and Resort. However, if you like to try a more thrilling and exciting experience, there are plenty of attractions to enjoy in Branson during spring season than simply playing golf. You can visit the Silver Dollar City theme park that offers entertaining fun rides such as Rollercoaster Fire-in-the-Hole, Power Keg, and Frisco Silver Dollar Line Steam Train.

There are also many world’s famous live entertainment shows to enjoy during spring season in Branson. These world’s famous shows are: Dublin’s Irish Tenors and the Celtic Ladies which is performed in King’s Castle Theater; the “Dancing Queen: Abba’s Greatest Hits” which is also performed in King’s Castle Theater; Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus which is performed in the New Shanghai Theater, and many other exciting live entertainment shows.

However, your enjoyment with the live entertainment shows will not be enough if you don’t include shopping in your itineraries. Branson has over 101 specialty shops and three outlet malls in the downtown area. With the abundance of specialty shops in Branson, you can surely find the items you want to take home with you.

If you are searching for a perfect spring break destination where rain shower gives off fresh blooms of flowers and plants, then visit Branson and stay at Thousand Hills Hotel & Resort.

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Grab Lunch Near Your Branson Condo

Everybody likes to have a noon meal. It used to be called luncheon. Some cultures still call it dinner. For some people, it’s the biggest meal of the day. Whatever you associate with lunch, your stomach certainly knows when it’s time for it! If you happen to be staying at one of Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort’s many condos here in Branson, you’re in luck! There are some great Branson lunch spots just a hop, skip and jump away from your luxurious condo! Read on for some of the best luncheon hotspots in Branson.

Great Gourmet: If you are after a fancy formal lunch in a classy restaurant with elegant place settings, grab a reservation at the Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, just a mile or two down the road from Branson. Here you’ll find a student run restaurant set in a lodge style building with vaulted ceilings, a gift shop, and great service. The Keeter Center makes it a point to serve as much local food as possible – and they make it delicious! Another high class restaurant for your lunchtime pleasure is Cantina Laredo on the Branson Landing. This is not your typical Mexican restaurant – it’s a five star establishment with some spice! Enjoy made fresh guacamole on the patio while you wait for your meal.

vaskens-deliCultured Cuisine: Ready to try something a little different for your noon meal? Check out Vaskens International Deli on Gretna Road! It’s a Branson lunch spot that is sure to satisfy your hunger. Serving Greek foods like gyros and hummus, Vaskens takes pride in their freshly served heritage. Try a Firehouse Gyro and a pastry for dessert today! Are you up for some sushi? Head on over to Mitsu Neko on Highway 76 – you won’t find better or fresher sushi anywhere in Branson! Try a Strawberry Delight Roll with salmon and a bright strawberry sauce. Or order some of their other dishes like steak, duck or chicken! Round it off with a little Crème Brulee and you’re good to go.

Savory Sandwiches: If you’re up for a classic sandwich and soup kind of lunch, run over to Panera Bread, located on Green Mountain Drive. There is no shortage of sandwich options here! Enjoy a Classic Turkey sandwich on Country White Bread with a bowl of Broccoli Cheddar soup, or branch out a little with a Panini and some White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese. For something a little faster, head down to Charlie’s Sub Shop on the Branson Landing. There’s a great variety of tasty sandwiches at a low price – perfect after a morning of shopping and exploring the Landing!

These are just a few of the numerous Branson lunch spots that you can find near your Thousand Hills condo – the possibilities are endless. Head out, follow your nose and find your favorites! Be sure to review your restaurant experiences on so that other lunchers can give them a try too!

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See Branson in the Month of March


During the month, we see the season of spring blossom. And there is no better place to be during spring but in Branson Missouri. Branson boasts of breathtaking sceneries, and endless activities and attractions, too. Imagine the weather just right, the greens in full bloom, and you have all of Branson to enjoy.

For your visit to Branson in March, there are a number of things happening that you should not miss. After all, Branson is a very fun place and you will never run out of things to do. Make your vacation an adventurous one by spending it in Branson’s old-fashioned theme park. Silver Dollar City is an 1880’s themed amusement park right in the heart of Branson. It features thrilling rides such as the Outlaw Run, which is the world’s most daring wood coaster, Giant Swing, Geyser Gulch, and many others. Silver Dollar City also has more than 40 live music shows that can be your breather from all the excitement brought to you by the park. Silver Dollar City is also known to have the best theme park food all over America. This theme park for the whole family opens mid-March. For other activities, you can also try to catch the park’s several festivals like the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, and the National Kidsfest. The lanes in Silver Dollar City are also overflowing with craftsmen and women. It also has a Culinary and Craft School for the visitors who love to cook, or would want to learn how to cook.

You can also be one with nature in your Branson vacation this March. There are a lot of outdoor adventures in Branson waiting to be experienced by you. The daytime temperatures run from 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, but the weather may vary. It would be wise to check on the weather forecasts before planning any outdoor activities. The Branson outdoors guarantees you of fresh air and blooms. Tour the Ozarks to have the total sight-seeing experience. You can make your Branson tour very unique too. Try touring Branson on horseback, biking, or the adrenaline-filled zip line tour. Another extreme adventure that you may try is exploring the Talking Rocks Cavern via a cave tour.

To cap off your Branson vacation in March, why not catch one or two of Branson’s live music shows? The first Branson shows of the year are mostly happening during March, so you will be lucky enough to catch the fresh versions of standard local shows. Some of the famous Branson artists whose shows you might want to catch are Hamner Barber Variety Show, Baldknobbers Jamboree, The Cat’s Pajamas, The Presleys, and many more.

Though March may be a good time to visit Branson, anyone would still enjoy their visit to Branson any time of the year. For the month of March, get to experience the beauty that spring brings to make your first vacation of the year truly memorable. 

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Rock Your Body with Songs of Praises at the Branson's Christian Weekend

If you want to witness a great live entertainment from different popular Christian Artists, visit the Branson Christian Weekend in the Silver Dollar City and stay at Thousand Hills Resort Hotel. Silver Dollar City features great festivals and events all year long. With this year’s weekend extravaganza for young Christians, many people from around the nation will come together to rejoice and worship the Christian Weekend celebration. Silver Dollar City also features Worlds Fest which is billed as America’s largest international festival that will amaze everyone its authentic food and live performances brought to you from around the world.

Bransons Christian Weekend LogoThis March 28 to 30, 2014, Silver Dollar City is celebrating Young Christians’ Weekend. In this celebration, young Christians standing up together, rejoicing the freedom that they have and profess our faith to the Lord. This three day celebration features the biggest lineup of Audio Adrenaline, Big Daddy Weave, Kutless, Finding Favour, Tim Timmons, Group 1 Crew, and Shine Bright Baby. The following are the schedules of the Branson’s Christian Weekend in Silver Dollar City.

March 28, Friday

The weekend celebration’s kick-off with a concert Friday night by Big Daddy Weave, Group 1 Crew and Tim Timmons at the Echo Hollow Amphitheatre starts at 8:30 PM.

March 29, Saturday

Noon time, 3pm or 6 pm – The rallies feature Christian music’s hottest performers – Kutless, Audio Adrenaline, Shine Bright Baby, and Finding Favour. These four bands also perform in Echo Hollow Amphitheatre. When you reserve your tickets, be sure to choose a rally time you prefer.

9am – 6 pm – You can enjoy America’s Best Theme Park that feature thrill rides and roller coasters at the Silver Dollar City.

March 30, Sunday

8:30 am or 11 am – Experience and rejoice a second day of Christian Weekend celebration and fellowship featuring praising songs by Finding Favour and Kutless at Sunday Worship in Echo Hollow Amphitheatre. Plus a life-altering message from Joe White, a nationally-acclaimed youth speaker. To join the rally, choose a worship time you prefer when you reserve your tickets.

9am – 6 pm – Spend a second day enjoying exciting activities at Silver Dollar City.

If you want to experience a great live entertainment performed by different popular Christian Artists around the nation, visit Branson Christian Weekend in Silver Dollar City. Come celebrate the Branson Christian Weekend and rejoice to the Lord with songs of praises.

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Go to Branson’s Praise Fest this March


There are a lot of reasons to visit Branson. Aside from the live music shows and the attractions in Branson, your Branson vacation will also be made even more special with the special events happening in Branson. For this month of March, come and visit Branson for the Praise Fest!

The Praise Fest in Branson is a 3 day, 4 session event. There are evening sessions that begin at 7 PM on Thursday and Friday evenings. The morning sessions begin at 10 AM on Fridays and Saturdays and end at 1 PM. The Thursday sessions in the evening starts at 7 PM until 10 PM. This event will be held in Oak Ridge Boys Theater in 464 State Hwy 248, Branson, Missouri.

Get ready for hours of singing and good music. Make sure you got your jam when you go to this event so you can enjoy and participate in the activities. The Praise Fest in Branson this year has many great artists for you! The organizers of Praise Fest 2014 has already released an artist lineup schedule for the event.

For Thursday evening, at 7 PM to 10 PM, enjoy the music from the Greater Vision, Legacy Five, The Hoppers, Tim Lovelace, Freedom Singers, and the Penny Loafers. You will surely want more after a night of good music. For Friday morning, at 10 AM to 1 PM, continue singing the songs of praise together with the Mark Trammell Quartet, Greater Vision, Tim Lovelace, Freedom Singers, and the Penny Loafers. Since you have started your day with praise songs, why not end it with praise songs also. Friday evening, from 7 PM to 10 PM, you can experience really good praise songs from the Collingsworth Family, Gordon Mote, Legacy Five, TaRanda Greene, Tim Lovelace, and The Penny Loafers. The last session of the Praise Fest is on Saturday morning, at 10 AM to 1 PM. The artists for that day will be Dr. Charles Stanely, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, TaRanda Greene, The Penny Loafers, and 11th Hour.

Enjoy the music in Branson’s Praise Fest this March. And while you are in Branson, make the most out of your vacation time, too. Catch the famous live music shows in Branson featuring the homegrown talents. You can also try to go to the theme parks and nature parks in Branson like Silver Dollar City, Tracks Family Fun Parks, Table Rock State Park Marina, and many others. For your lodging needs for your Branson vacation, go to Thousand Hills Golf Resort. In Thousand Hills, you get to be close to the entertainment district in Branson and at the same time, you get to live in the caress of the Ozark Mountains. For more inquiries and for reservations in Thousand Hills, just call 1-877-262-0430.

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It’s Time for Visioncon 2014 in Branson


Calling all the gamers and anime fanatics out there! It’s time for you to visit Branson for the months of February to March this year for a very special event. The gaming, science fiction, fantasy, and anime convention is happening in Branson this February 28 to March 2, 2014. This is Visioncon 2014 that will truly bring out the kid in you.

The Visioncon for this year will be held at The Raddison in Branson Missouri. This is the time of the year when The Raddison Hotel in Branson is filled with magical and mystical characters. This 2014 may just be the biggest cosplay ever for Visioncon. You can go to participate in the cosplay event, or you could just be a spectator and have fun with the event itself.

This year’s Visioncon in Branson is being planned to be the killer experience for the anime enthusiasts and toy collectors. For those who are going to this event for the first time, you will surely enjoy being a newbie among the con-goers. Some events that you should watch out for in this year’s VisonCon staples in Branson are the Slave Auction, Best Buy Game Room, Anime Room, and the Masquerade Ball. VisionCon 2014 will also feature a free photo booth so you get to keep your precious moments in printed photos.

Branson is known to be the premier vacation destination because of its endless list of attractions and activities that will guarantee you hours and hours of fun and excitement. There are several attractions like Silver Dollar City, Branson’s most famous 1880’s themed amusement park. Make your Branson vacation for the Visioncon even more worthwhile by visiting other Branson attractions as well. You can also watch the live music shows in Branson that earned the place the title “Live Entertainment Capital of the World”. Take advantage of the moment to have that total Branson experience. One activity you can do after attending the Visioncon in the Raddison Hotel is to catch the intense games in the NAIA Basketball Tournament which happens in the month of March.

To make your Branson experience even more special, choose Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort to be your lodging partner for your vacation. Thousand Hills is located in Highway 76, where the entertainment district is located. Thousand Hills will also be the perfect place to stay in while you go to the VisionCon 2014 in Branson. You will get to experience the vacation vibes in Branson and at the same time, attend the gaming and anime convention that you wanted to attend.

Attend the biggest gaming and anime convention in Branson this year! See you in Branson this February 28 to March 2!

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A Promise of Forever for the Whole Family in Promised Land Zoo

Promised Land Zoo in Branson is a family owned and operated zoo established in 1999. It began with just a few animals and now it has over 500 animals and expanded to more than 120 acres. The zoo is open daily from 9am to7pm year round. Visitors can bottle feed animals daily at 10am, 2pm, and 6pm. There are hundreds of animals from all over the world that represent 50 species. There are Kangaroos, antelope, deer, lemurs, tropical birds, large replies and many more. Rescued large reptiles and tropical birds can be seen inside the zoo.Promised Land Zoo Logo

Promised Land Zoo is a complete fun and a great adventure for family with kids. School buses and charter buses as well can be accommodated inside the zoo. The zoo offers personal tour so you can get up close and personal with the animals. Bottle feed a camel, a monkey, or hear stories of the zoo from your personal tour guide. Some animals are in large pens that you can toss them food.  The goats and ponies are amusing creatures. Few parrots have impressive language that is fun to talk to.

The petting zoo can let you get up close and feed goats, horses, porcupine, tortoise, hogs and much more. When you drive through the property, you will be greeted by emus, deer, buffalo all looking for some food. You can buy various sizes of food at the shop. As you drive along, you stop for awhile and feed the animals every time they come close. The animals are not shy and will come to your window and eat the food out of from your hands. If you have ample time, you can drive for an hour and enjoy looking at the animals.

The Promised Land Zoo is a truly bizarre place. In just one minute you’re in the middle of the wooded hills of the Ozarks, the next minute you see herd of zebras while buffalo eyeing you and ostriches chase your car. The zoo has monkeys, big cats, and all other kinds of animals.

Going to Promised Land Zoo, be sure to bring camera with you – you may love to snap some photos of Forrest Hump (a baby camel), an adorable Zebra, and the squirrel monkeys. Other baby popular baby animals is an Olive Baboon named Calamity Jane that animal show performer Jungle Josh performer fed and raised by himself. The zoo also has the world’s largest albino Burmese Python.

All visitors are welcome to walk around the zoo, ask questions, or take pictures. The zoo has the Parakeet Paradise, a screened house full of exotic birds. The zoo also feature live animal shows daily  at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm where Jungle Josh and his helpers take out all kinds of fascinating animals for visitors to feed while Jungle Josh teaches you about each unique animal. The zoo has facilities of gift shop full of fun nature themed items such as stuffed animals and zoo themed merchandise.

So if you are looking for something unique and different to enjoy, something exotic on the wild side, come to the Promised Land Zoo in Branson.

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Branson Spring Break Means Spending Time with the Family

Branson Spring Break is a great time to experience a family-focused attractions jam-packed with entertainment options and some of the best outdoor activities in central United States. Branson is one of the best tourist destinations in the Midwest as it is beautifully connected with the three lakes namely, Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo, and Bull Shoals Lake. With the three lakes around the area, you can imagine how vast the exciting outdoor and water sports activities offered around the lakes.

During spring time in Branson, when rain showers pour in the Ozarks, lush greens will flourish while dogwoods, redbuds and wildflowers bloom. Branson’s family attractions and world-famous entertainment shows and beautiful theme parks introduce new features, exciting acts, and new exhibits. Branson and the lakes area are really a perfect family-friendly spring break destination.

RiverBlast LogoSpring Break Events in Branson, Missouri is going to be the most exciting Spring Break in history. Experience the most exciting and thrilling multi-level go-kart tracks and the new thrill ride RiverBlast at Silver Dollar City that will give you an unforgettable ride of your life. The park has about 30 thrilling rides and 40 shows to entertain kids and adults, a play area with climbing nets, treetop fun houses, sand tables, and a carousel. Styled after a 1800s Ozark town, the park also offers educational opportunities, such as a visit to Culinary & Craft School classes, Marvel Cave, and a chance to watch craftsmen creating items from blown glass.

Other exciting attractions in Silver Dollar City Amusement Park include  The Track Family Fun Park (good for multi-level go-kart tracks), and a museum visit of your choice that includes the Hollywood Wax Museum, and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum. In the Hollywood Wax Museum you can have the chance to pose beside the wax figures of some famous Hollywood stars such as John Wayne, a leather clad James Dean, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson.

In the evening, you might want to attend a wonderful show with dinner at the Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show. Each guest will all get their own roasted chicken and several side dishes while watching a very entertaining and extraordinary show. The live music shows with costumed southern bells, 32 trick horses, and Civil War soldiers, pay tribute to America while providing the best cuisine, wholesome entertainment, and comedy for people of all ages.

During your spring break in Branson, you can also visit the Ozark Mountain Spring festival with a wide variety of events that await you in the Branson/Lakes Area. One of the events includes the WorldFest at Silver Dollar City featuring cuisines from classic foods to home favorites.  The festival also features sporting events of the NAIA College Basketball Championship and FLW Bass Tournament.

The nicest things you’ll find out at Branson Spring Break are the panoramic view around the lakes and the beautiful scenery of the Ozark Mountain.  If you want to take a break this spring season, come to Branson and stay at Thousand Hills Hotel & Resort.

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