Love it or hate it–Branson seems to elicit strong reactions from just about everyone, especially from those who have never been here and dismiss it as a hick town filled with kitsch and country music. If you’re checking out what Branson offers, however, you’ve probably already guessed that Branson’s 8 million annual visitors must be on to something. The truth is, Branson’s small-town friendliness, quaint historic downtown and improbable pairing of outdoor recreation and big-time entertainment make this Missouri town an irresistible lure. It’s also affordable, which explains why it’s a big hit with families and for family reunions. And it’s within a day’s drive of one-third of the country’s population.
By Beth Reiber
September 12, 2017