National Geographic Traveler

Mining for family memories in Missouri’s ‘Hillbilly Vegas’

THE CAB RIDE from the Springfield, Missouri, airport to Branson takes about an hour. It glides past rocky outcroppings, loping mountains, and a parade of roadside distractions: a 214-foot-tall cross emblazed with blue teardrops, riotously colorful signs hawking ziplines and arcades, and—on a particularly flashy billboard—an ad for Dolly Parton’s Stampede. A ticket apparently nets you dinner with a side spectacle of horseback riders leaping through fiery hoops or waving American flags.

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By Jenn Barger

July 15, 2020

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