|Branson Travel Guide|
Branson is a city located in Taney County, Missouri. It was named for Rueben Branson, operator of a general store in the area in the 1880s. The city has a total population of 6,050.
Originally envisioned as a center for lumber shipment, tourism began to develop in the 1930s. Today, Branson is a nationally popular tourist destination, famous for its many live music theaters, clubs and other entertainment venues, primarily involving Country Music.
Branson is located on the shore of Lake Taneycomo and is also close to Table Rock Lake and Bull Shoals Lake. All three lakes are formed by dams along the White River.
Branson has numerous museums, tourist attractions, over 100 shows, over 200 lodging choices, over 400 restaurants, 49 live performance theaters, three pristine lakes, 10 championship golf courses, dozens of festivals and events thoughout the year, nearby mountains, and wilderness areas.
Silver Dollar City, Celebration City, Dixie Stampede, White Water, Showboat Branson Belle, Branson's American Star, Stone Hill Winery, Ride The Ducks, The Tracks, and Splash Country are favorites. Yakov Smirnoff and other stars can be enjoyed here.
While some may find Branson overly commercial and perhaps a trifle trashy and low-brow, the town relies on tourism and unashamedly advertises the fact.
Comedian Dennis Miller once described Branson as "Las Vegas for people without teeth". And also, presumably, without a gambling habit. In one episode of The Simpsons, Branson was described as "Las Vegas if it were run by Ned Flanders"
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