Posted on: September 8, 2017 Posted by: Leslie E Royal Comments: 0

Affectionately known as the “show me” state, having over six million residents, Missouri frequently welcomes guests from around the world. It’s quite easy to see why. The state is known for a range of musical genres, natural attractions and “finger-licking” good dishes.

Holding its own, not only does the town of Branson not disappoint, it adds its signature stamp of beauty and intrigue on America’s 18th most populous state. The family-focused, fun destination offers the best in cuisine, spectacular shows, unique theme parks, discount shopping and more. A variety of lodging includes cabins, condos, bed and breakfast inns and hotels.

Commence your stay by exploring the elegant Hiltons of Branson.

This lovely, luxury hotel duet is in the heart of downtown. Across the street from one another, the Hilton Branson Convention Center and Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing are within walking distance of trendy restaurants, old time stores and a few attractions. Reserve a room at the Hilton Promenade which gives a magnificent view of a nightly synchronized lighting and water show. Inquire about rounds of golf, suites and condos as well as indoor/outdoor pools.

As you seek out restaurants in Branson, the wonderful thing is that you can really dress up or really dress down. The choice is yours. Dress your best for dinner at Level 2 Steakhouse. Your server will bring over a case containing distinctive steak knives of which you can choose. An infrared oven sears your 28-day, aged corn fed Midwest steak. Missouri pork, signature in-house desserts and locally grown veggies make for a wonderfully delicious meal.

Come as you are to Mel’s Hard Luck Diner.

There, you’ll meet the famous Branson’s Original Singing Servers. They’ll serenade you throughout your meal.  Try the Memory Maker Mushroom Swiss burger, Sundae Kind of Love and the gigantic, irresistible Rock Around the Chocolate tray.  It’s shareable for the entire group.

If you like Vegas shows and cruise entertainment, you’ll get that and more when you board the Showboat Branson Belle dinner cruise. Electrifying comedians, magicians, singers and dancers wow the audience as the boat rolls on the river. You can’t go wrong with the entertainment scene in Branson. A few great suggestions are the Acrobats of China, Legends in Concert and AYO starring Voices of Glory of America’s Got Talent fame.

Be sure to slate a full day to go to the incredible Silver Dollar City attraction.

Internationally renowned performers and rides like the Outlaw Run wood roller coaster and the Giant Swing mesmerize attendees. Celebrating the Year of Food & Crafts, sample some of the 200 new food items available throughout the season. Named one of the top theme parks in the world, enjoy 40 exhilarating rides, 60 shops and restaurants and up to 40 shows each day.

The Titanic Museum offers a sensational presentation with more than 400 artifacts from the sunken ship on display. Additional fun things to do include Ride the Ducks, Adventure Zipline, Marvel Cave, The Culinary Craft School, Sight and Sound Theatres, The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure, Lake Taneycomo and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. Go to: to plan your visit.