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Top 5 Tips To Improve Your Branson Vacation

Branson, Missouri, the Live Entertainment Capitol of the Midwest, is the perfect place to take a vacation. This unique town has everything the perfect vacation needs – lakes, forests, beaches, a huge variety of shopping venues, hotels for any budget, great restaurants, fantastic shows, theme parks, thrill rides, historical sites and more! You could stay in Branson for weeks and still not do it all – which is why many people come back year after year! So here are five tips to make your Branson vacation the one you’ve been dreaming about – plan your trip today!

#1. Beat the traffic! If you have ever spent any time in or around Branson, you know that the traffic around town can be awful – especially if you take your Branson vacation in the summer! So what can you do to get to your shows and attractions on time, and make sure you don’t run out of gas while sitting in your car in the middle of The Strip? Familiarize yourself with the back roads that the locals call ‘The Routes!’ There are three color coded, time saving routes in Branson that will make your life easier – after all, that is what vacationing is about! Look for the signs for the Blue Route, the Yellow Route and the Red Route, and mark them on your travel map too – you will be able to bypass Highway 76 while still getting to all of your destinations!

#2. Make a list! By now, you probably know that you may not be able to cram all of Branson into a one week vacation. So take a moment to sit down with your family and decide what you REALLY want to do. Maybe the kids want to go to the Promised Land Zoo, and Mom and Dad want to go to The Landing, and the whole family wants to go to Moonshine Beach. Make an agenda and stick to it – but be sure to schedule in some time for resting!

#3. Choose your Branson hotel! There are dozens of great places to stay around town – but one of the best is Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. They have some great stay options for you to choose from – from hotel rooms to cabins to lakeside condos! And when you stay with Thousand Hills, you have access to all of their great amenities – like their award winning golf course, exercise facilities, and more!

#4. Get your Branson vacation guide! Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort offers their guests the ultimate vacation guide, with all the information that Branson visitors could ever want – where to eat, where to shop, the best shows, it’s all there!

#5. Have fun! The best part about taking a Branson vacation is how much fun you can have. So pack the camera to capture the memories and the laughs, and get ready for the best Branson vacation ever!

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If You Don't Like the Weather in Branson, Wait an Hour

Branson Winter WeatherIf you have spent any amount of time in and around Branson, you know that the weather can change in a minute. It can go from hot to cold to wet to dry and back again, all in a few days! So, if you are planning to head to Branson for a vacation, how do you know what in the world to prepare for? What do you pack? Read on to find out!

Heat
No doubt, you know that Branson can get HOT in the summer, and the humidity can reach extremely high levels. To prepare for the heat, first make sure you pack your sunscreen – and plenty of it. Then apply liberally if you plan on being out in the sun. Also be sure to pack a refillable water bottle – one for each member of your family. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids throughout your day, and stop to refill your bottles often! Wearing a hat and sunglasses is also a must during hot Branson weather – the hat can protect you from getting a sunburn, and sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. If it’s humid, make sure to stop in some air conditioned buildings throughout your day on the town to rest for a few minutes to refresh yourself!

Rain
Branson rains can range from a light, misting, drizzle to a downpour that the locals call ‘toad stranglers.’ Packing a pair of rain boots or galoshes is always a good idea. A light rain jacket is also a must have – you can pack this garment in your car or suitcase to have on you at all times. Making sure to have an umbrella is also a good idea. If you get caught out in a severe thunderstorm, it is best to find shelter in a sturdy building instead of staying out in the weather. Having a portable weather radio with an alert for severe weather in the area can help keep you out of the worst storms.

Cold
Even if you are in Branson during the warmer months, it is best to pack for cold. For spring and summer, make sure to have some long pants and sweaters in your Branson weather kit. For the fall and winter, pack your WARMEST gear, like down jackets, gloves, wools socks, a sock hat or earmuffs, and shoes with tread. Should it snow, ice or sleet during your time in Branson, it is best to not venture anywhere by car until the roads have been clear to keep you and your family safe – keep an eye on the local weather channel to stay in the know.

With a little observation and a LOT of preparation, you can enjoy your time in Branson – not matter what the weather!

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Your New Outfit Awaits You

Branson Shopping CenterMost people will end up having a mid-life crisis at least ONCE in their lives, in which they find they need to completely redo their wardrobe. Maybe it’s a new job, or a change in the seasons (and therefore the weather!), or a celebration of a weight loss goal reached. Whatever your needs are for your new wardrobe, there are plenty of Branson clothing stores to help you redo your look – and your closet! So check out some of these great stores today – they’ve got great clothes, great prices, and plenty of Branson flair!

Khol’s

Known for their name brands and their great sales, Khol’s in Branson, located on Branson Hills Parkway next to PetCo, is one of the best places to go for both your look and your wallet. Featuring clothing brands like Urban Pipeline, Vera Wang, Levi Strauss and Jennifer Lopez, you will find all your wardrobe needs here. Khol’s carries clothing for men, women and children at a price families can afford. They have a great selection of jeans, tops, jewelry, ties, sweater, shoes (athletic and stylish!) and undergarments. Be sure to sign up for Khol’s coupons to be sent to your mailbox too!

GAP Outlet

There are a LOT of great clothing stores in the Branson Tanger Outlet Mall, and the GAP Outlet is one of them. GAP is known for their casual yet cool looks, and comfortable clothing. They have clothing for everyday wear, and also athletic gear for those who like to be comfortable when they work out! GAP’s clothing is soft and sturdy, and they make clothes for the whole family – mom, dad, junior and baby. Make sure you stop by the Tanger Outlet Mall hub to pick up your coupon booklet before you venture over to GAP – chances are, you’ll find a coupon in there for some cool, comfortable, GAP clothing!

Bass Pro Shops

For the rugged outdoorsman or woman, Bass Pro Shops on the Branson Landing, has some of the sturdiest Branson clothing around – not to mention one of the coolest shopping experiences around too! Bass Pro carries men’s and women’s clothing that is sturdy yet functional. Nature’s Reflection is one of the great brands that Bass Pro Shops carries for women, and for the guys – everything from button up shirts to fishing vests to waders! After you shop for some new wardrobe pieces at the coolest store in town, head across the way for dinner at the White River Fish House!

These are just a few of the great Branson clothing shops where you can pick up your new wardrobe. You’re sure to find some other great stores while cruising around town as well. Happy shopping!

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Romance In A One Bedroom Cabin

There are a lot of things that you can see and enjoy in Branson, but it would be no fun if you have no one to share the wonders of Branson with you. Branson boasts of a lot of attractions and activities that people of all ages will surely like. From theme parks to nature parks to the best museums in the area, Branson has got your leisure time all covered. There is never a dull time in Branson because you will never run out of things to do.

For your Branson vacation, bring along your special someone for some quality time together. Branson, albeit an adventure place, is also a good spot for romance. Take on a new adventure that you and your loved one will remember forever. Visit Silver Dollar City and Table Rock Lake Marina State Park for a fun yet romantic moment for the both of you. You can also learn new and interesting facts in the best of Branson museums such as the Branson Titanic Museum, Hollywood Wax Museum and Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. This time of the year is a great opportunity to make the most out of the outdoors experience that Branson’s natural wonders can give you.

The secret of having the best and the most memorable vacation is to have the perfect lodging place. With that, Branson’s Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort offers you a lodging option that is perfect for your romantic getaway. Branson cabins are a popular choice among small families and couples. The rustic wooded setting of the cabins is one of its unique attributes. You are also guaranteed a secured setting and utmost privacy as the cabins are situated in the Ozark woods. Each of the cabins in Thousand Hills are uniquely decorated. For your vacation, get a one bedroom Branson cabin in Thousand Hills Golf Resort.

A one bedroom Branson cabin is more than 675 feet, and it also features a large two person Jacuzzi tub in the open living area of the cabin. The amenities that come with the one bedroom Branson cabin are certainly top-of-the-line. All rooms have a large TV and DVD player, a fully furnished kitchen, front and back porches, and free high-speed wireless internet, too. Leaving your cabin may seem impossible with this very homey and comfortable atmosphere inside it.

Staying in a one bedroom cabin in Thousand Hills is also an advantage for you since you are staying close to Branson’s entertainment district, outlet malls, and theme parks. Having fun may not seem like a tiring idea after all, knowing that you will be in the comforts of your cabin in no time.

Reserve your very own one bedroom Branson cabin for your vacation now by calling 1-877-262-0430.

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Live the Dream, Live in a Cabin at Grand Mountain

 

Your dream home will always be one of your trophies in life, and it is also a crucial decision to make. You may have a lot of places in mind where you can have your dream home, but considering Branson Missouri for your new home is definitely the best idea. Branson Missouri is known to many as the premier vacation destination in the Midwest, and it has also gained much popularity to tourists for its live music shows.

If you have been on a vacation in Branson, you would know that it is extremely hard to leave Branson because of the many activities and attractions in the area. Have you ever imagined what life would be like if you were actually living here in Branson? Branson real estate market lets you live the dream by offering you the best homes in Branson. Let your dream home be in a place that is exciting enough, so there would always be something to look forward to.

For the best real estate choices in Branson, trust Thousand Hills Golf Resort to give you the best homes and the best deals. Plus, it also doesn’t hurt that Thousand Hills is located near Branson’s entertainment district, theme parks, outlet malls, museums, and restaurants. It would be a whole lot convenient for you since you can go to any show or park that you want and be in the comforts of your home in just a matter of minutes. Your stay in your home is also peaceful since the residential area in Thousand Hills are much closer to the Ozark Mountains and the TriLakes Area. This is so you would not be bothered much by the city noise that comes from the nearby recreational areas.

The popular choice in Thousand Hills is the Cabins at Grand Mountain. These cabins are located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, just two blocks north of the Grand Palace on Oak Ridge Road near Branson’s The Strip. Cabins are made of Colorado cut spruce logs to exude a rustic exterior, and also to complement well with its modern interior. The interior design of the cabin is also as such so the natural setting of the Ozarks will be integrated in it.

The Cabins at Grand Mountain has a two bedroom unit with loft – perfect for a family home. There are also three bedroom units for big families. Give your family the dream home they deserve by getting a cabin at Grand Mountains. For more inquiries about the cabins and other real estate choices at Thousand Hills, call 1-800-495-4653.

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All That Glitters is Gold at the Branson Landing

 

Shopping in Branson may not be your main agenda for coming to this place as it is more popularly known as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World. But more than the live music shows, Branson’s shopping sites have also captured the attention of many tourists. Aside from the big discounts and great fashion finds, being in the outlet malls of Branson is already an experience in itself.

One of the malls that people frequent is Branson Landing. Located on the shores of one of Branson’s most pristine lakes, Lake Taneycomo, the Branson Landing offers its guests the best collection of attractions, restaurants, and shopping venues. Branson Landing is also known to be one of Branson’s largest recreational areas.

Shopping in Branson Landing is an enjoyable experience. Belk Department Store is the heart of shopping at the Landing. Enjoy more than 60,000 square feet full of clothing, home items, luxury items, and everything that you want and need. All at the best price! For men, they can also do their own shopping at the Bass Pro Shop. There are more than a hundred specialty shops along the water’s ledge where you can find unique gift and souvenir items. As you stroll from shop to shop, you can also enjoy a breathtaking view of Taneycomo Lake. In fact, you can also rent a boat at the marina to have your own boating experience.

The restaurants at the Landing caters to everyone’s cravings. After a long day of strolling at the park, it would be a good idea to grab something to eat. Aside from the fast food restaurants in the Landing, it is also famous for its fine dining restaurants. Having dinner here is something relaxing and fulfilling - may it be with your date, family, or friends. The restaurants are also overlooking Lake Taneycomo and the 1.5 mile boardwalk. Try out restaurants like Liberty Tavern, The White River Fish House, Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar, Waxy O’Sheas’ Irish Pub, and the Cantina Laredo. Your whole dining experience at the Landing will definitely be worthwhile and memorable.

It is also in Branson Landing where you can find one of the greatest attractions in Branson. The water fountain show at the Landing is one that you should not miss on your visit. This show by the Branson fountain features an awe-inspiring display of water, fire, lights, and music. Other attractions that you can catch in the landing are bridal shows and live concerts.

Plan your visit to Branson Landing now! Bring along your loved ones for an amazing vacation experience. For your lodging needs, just go to Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort for a variety of lodging options. It is also situated near the Branson entertainment district and outlet malls. For reservations, call 1-877-262-0430.

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April's A Great Time To Visit Branson

 

The month of April in Branson is the season of spring, and this season usually sees the whole city of Branson come to life. The winter season is when the theaters and theme parks usually close down at the end of the year, but this April, you can expect the shows to come full swing.

A lot of activities and attractions await you this April in Branson. Plus, the crowd isn’t that big as compared to the months of June or July. This means waiting in line would not be as stressful. Since most of the shows and attractions in Branson open up in April, why not have a vacation and make the most out of the time you spend here.

The live music shows in Branson during April promises something new for everyone. If you have seen a specific show the past year, you are guaranteed to see something fresh and equally exciting this year! Be one of the first audiences of the new stuff that the musicians and entertainers of Branson will bring this year. Another advantage of going to Branson this April is that the show tickets are cheaper than the other times of the year. Branson even gives you the chance to experience more shows by spending less money. Introducing the Springtastic Show Spree, guests can now enjoy ten different shows for a very low price.

Other events in Branson for this April is the World Fest at Silver Dollar City. World Fest begins on April 17 and it goes on until May 5. This is one of the most anticipated festivals of Silver Dollar City since it features international performers and acts for everyone to see. You get to be immersed in different cultures all over the world by just being in Silver Dollar City. World Fest is also an exciting learning opportunity for the kids about the different countries and their respective cultures. April in Branson also sees the US Open Bow Fishing Championship, which will be held first week of April. The Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce Spring Gold Tournament, on the other hand, will be on third week of April.

It is so much fun to be in the outdoors as you experience spending spring in Branson. The daytime temperatures are usually about 45 to 68 degrees, and this is makes it very much favorable for activities like hiking, boating, swimming, and the likes. As Branson comes to life this April, make sure that you are there to witness the fun and exciting activities.

For your lodging needs, always choose Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort, where you can have several lodging options ranging from log cabins to lakefront condos. Thousand Hills is also situated near the theaters and theme parks of Branson, and near the Ozark Mountains, too. You are in for a convenient and peaceful stay at Thousand Hills. For inquiries and reservations, dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Greaet Vacations Begin With Great Cabins

 

If you are going for a vacation in Branson Missouri, your places to visit should not be the only things you should plan. One vital thing that is most often overlooked when planning vacations is the choice of lodging place. Branson gives you the best choices in lodging so you can have a great time here. All you need to do is find the perfect place for you to settle in.

In Branson Missouri, the best place to be in is Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. This is the place where you can have both convenience and comfort all at once. Thousand Hills is located in the heart of Branson’s entertainment district, so you can catch your favorite live music show and theater plays. You can also take on a new adventure anytime you want in the nearby theme park, Silver Dollar City. Not only that, you also get to stay close to the best shopping malls, restaurants, and museums.

Thousand Hills also offers you the best lodging options in town. You may be used to having hotel rooms for your vacation. Branson gives you a fresh twist to that. It offers you the best Branson cabins where you can chill and unwind after a long day of adventure. These Branson cabins are made of Colorado cut spruce logs, which gives its exterior a rustic feeling. But the interior of these log cabins in Thousand Hills speak of modernity. The log cabins are also situated in the woods in the Ozarks so you can have a relaxing atmosphere around you. This way, you get to stay near the attractions in the city, but you also get to be far away from the city noise to have your much needed peace and relaxation.

The log cabins in Thousand Hills also have the best hotel-like amenities for you. Renting a cabin in Thousand Hills entitles you to having fully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms in your place. They also have king sized beds and Jacuzzi tubs to make it even more comfortable for you. For those who like cooking, you can also whip up your own creations in the cabin’s fully equipped kitchen. It has all the basic things you need from your own kitchen. The cabins also have cable televisions in every room, and a DVD player, too. This way, you can still have your movie nights even when you are on vacation. The cabins also has free wireless internet. If you want some quiet time for yourself, there is also a private deck in the cabin for you to enjoy the fresh air and the scenery.

The Branson log cabins in Thousand Hills will surely make your dream vacation come true. Book one now by calling 1-877-262-0430. 

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Summer in Branson is Heating Up!

Branson, Missouri, is a great place to spend time out of doors, free of the constrains of a house, a desk, or a car. Settled deep into the Ozarks, the Branson outdoors is full of beauty, intrigue and adventure. It is also full of variety – water, trees, forested hills, open meadows, and so much more. You won’t want to spend your summer anywhere else! So get ready to put on your best outdoorsman (or woman!) face and have a great adventure in the Branson outdoors.

The Lakes

Moonshine Beach on Table Rock LakeIt is no secret that Branson is famous for the lakes in and around the area. So why not spend some of your outdoor summer on the water? Table Rock Lake is perfect for boating, and the Table Rock Lake Marina has WaveRunners and other fun floating devices available for you to rent! This particular lake is also great for swimming in the summertime – so pack a beach towel, some sunscreen and a picnic and get ready cool off from the humid, Ozarks summer heat! Table Rock State Park has some great stops to jump in to the water, and also features a boat launch, BBQ grills, picnic tables and restrooms. Farther down the road and across the Dam, Moonshine Beach is one of the most popular places to swim on Table Rock – and it’s one of the only places in Branson that you will find real sand! If you prefer to stay out of the water while still enjoying the Branson outdoors, grab your tackle box and head to Lake Taneycomo for the finest trout fishing in the area.

The Forests

If you are in or around the Branson area, chances are that you’ve noticed an abundance of trees! Put on your hiking boots and get ready to head into the woods. Table Rock Lake State Park features a lovely lakeside trail that winds through the timber. The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery also features a few wonderful hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty – but all three feature plenty of the beautiful flora and fauna of the Ozarks! And if you want a truly great wilderness experience, head up the highway a short ways to Busiek State Park – it’s acres and acres of some of the best and most rugged natural landscapes that the Branson outdoors has to offer!

The Other Outdoors

In Branson, you don’t necessarily have to be rugged and adventurous to enjoy the outdoors. There are plenty of other activities around town to get you into the fresh air and sunshine! Like walking the Branson Landing, for example – you’ll catch cool breezes coming off of the lake and get some exercise too! Silver Dollar City and White Water are some fun outdoor theme parks for you to enjoy. And you and your family can spend hours wandering the outdoor Promised Land Zoo in Branson too!

With so many awesome Branson outdoors summer activities, you won’t want to waste any time inside. So get out there!

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Spend a Rainy Day in Branson

Everyone has been there – you have your entire day planned out, right down to the very last little detail and then BOOM! A thunderclap hits and you have to restructure your entire day’s agenda due to rain. As frustrating as planning around the weather can be, if you have the opportunity to live or vacation in Branson, there are plenty of great Branson attractions that can keep you and yours entertained on a rainy day! So the next time you hear rain on the roof, don’t get discouraged – check out any of the fun places below to keep your spirits up!

hollywood-wax-museum-entranceHollywood Wax Museum: If you are looking for something fun to do with family or friends during a rainy day, take a trip to the Hollywood Wax Museum, located on Highway 76 in Branson! This fun museum features incredibly lifelike wax models of celebrity stars like Johnny Depp, John Wayne, Morgan Freeman, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Jamie Foxx and so many more! You can play with the stars here, and get your picture taken with your favorite celebrities! What could be more fun than that on a damp, dreary day?

Fun Spot at Grand Country Inn: For some active family fun on a day full of rain and thunder, check out all of the fun activities that the Grand Country Inn on Highway 76 has to offer! Play a truly extreme game of tag – laser tag, to be exact! A two story, 3,000 square foot laser tag arena takes you through an intense tag competition and features crazy fun special effects like fog, jungle like surroundings and laser light beam shows! Don’t forget Blacklight Mini Golf, an arcade with games like Guitar Hero and Big Bass Wheel, and Mini Bowling, plus a great prize redemption center where you can cash in for goodies! You will certainly want to keep the Fun Spot on your list of rainy Branson attractions.

Branson Cinema 11: You can’t go wrong with a movie on a rainy day in Branson! Grab some friends and head over to the Branson Cinema 11, located in the Branson Meadows Shopping Center off of Gretna Road. This cozy movie theater is fully digital on all 11 screens, making for a crystal clear movie experience that will certainly brighten up a rainy day. Branson Cinema 11 is always showing the latest releases, and features Free Popcorn Tuesdays!

Books a Million: While Branson’s favorite bookstore isn’t exactly an attraction, if you prefer quiet and cozy on a rainy day, what better way to spend it than drinking coffee and reading books? Books a Million is located off of Branson Hills Parkway, and features an in store coffee shop, chairs, and all the books a rainy day reader could ask for!

These are just a handful of the different Branson attractions that make for some rainy day fun. So get creative the next time the weather makes you change up your plans – you might even find that you like the alternative activities even better!

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