Branson Missouri

BransonBranson Missouri

After leaving Van Buren, we drove to Branson and stayed at a Coast to Coast campground – Treasure Lake RV Resort.  This campground is huge, and we literally drove around for an hour checking out the sites to decide where to park.  Looking for shade, but being able to have an opening for the DISH to work – we were there for 3 nights so wanted to be comfortable.

We found a great shaded site tucked away in the campground with plenty of shade.  We were hoping for a full concrete pad as some of the sites were not so level and gravel, and we found a concreted site long enough for us.  It was pretty quiet for a large campground, as the sites are pretty spread out around the huge campground.  It had the usual amenities – pools, mini-golf, laundry, wifi (not fast but ok), and more including a clubhouse and lodge that serves breakfast at very reasonable rates on the weekend.  They even have church service on Sundays.

This is another town there are tons to do.  In fact, a lot of the attractions are the same that we saw in Pigeon Forge.  There are a lot of shows to see, and lots of amusement parks.  There is also Silver Dollar City, but the day we went to visit, on a Monday, they were closed.

Branson, Missouri is a city located in Taney County, Missouri. The population was 10,520 at the 2010 census. This town is known as a tourist destination for its theatres, music shows, and family-friendly attractions. The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is located just south of the city.

The area that is now Branson was originally settled by Native Americans who believed the area to be a sacred place. White settlers began arriving in the area in the early 1800s. The first settlements were small farming communities. The town was founded in 1870. The town was named for William Clark Branson, an early settler and one of the founders of Hollister, Missouri.

The development of Branson as a tourist destination began in the early 1960s when Harold Bell Wright’s novel “The Shepherd of the Hills” was made into a movie starring Henry Fonda. The movie was filmed in the area and helped to promote tourism in the region. In 1967, Silver Dollar City opened near Branson. The theme park was based on the old mining towns of the Ozarks region.

Today, Branson is home to more than 50 theatres and music shows, as well as dozens of family-friendly attractions. Some of the most popular attractions in Branson include Silver Dollar City, Table Rock Lake, Marvel Cave, and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park.

Historic Branson and Branson Landing are two areas that are fun to walk and visit the stores.  Even in the heat, we enjoyed visiting the stores.

Next stop – Checotah Oklahoma