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So you're ready to visit Branson for the first time? Great! There are things you need to do to make your first time enjoyable for everyone in your family.
With all of the attractions, shows, traffic, and other special events going on in the Branson area, planning your vacation may be a bit overwhelming. However, following these guidelines will help to ease the stress so you can focus your time on enjoying the trip!
1. Plan ahead. Research web sites about Branson, view maps on the Branson area. Other than the famous Hwy. 76 strip, there are three routes to help ease the stress of traffic on Hwy. 76, they are: the Red Route, Blue Route and the Yellow Route. You need to learn them because you will use them!
2. Do a hotel comparison. There are over 100 hotels in the Branson area, and each one offers special features that can accommodate any family. A popular one for traveling with children is The Grand Country which includes a water park with your hotel stay which is on the premises. For romantic traveling, Cheatu on the Lake is a great resort, but if your in the mood for something a little cheaper, but still with a thrill, try a theme suite at Settle Inn. There are also several Bed and Breakfast inns, cabins, and vacation homes for rent in the area. Many of these lodging options are away from the traffic and noise of the main routes yet still close to attractions.
3. Make reservations before you leave your house! Depending on what season it is, vacancy will be unheard of if you haven't already made reservations. You can also make reservations to shows ahead of time, and then pick up your tickets once you get there. If you want to see a show like Dixie Stampede, you will want to make reservations early as this is a popular attraction for families. Call the theaters of the shows you plan to see, some you may need to make your reservations ahead of time. You'll be able to pick the seats you want by calling the theaters.
4. Make sure to hit the highlights of Branson! Since it's your first time, you want to know what all does Branson have to offer, right? Take a drive all the way down Hwy. 76 and observe. You will see many shows, shopping and places to eat along the way, but just enjoy the ride without stopping this time. Go visit the Dam and the lake. There is also a hidden beach near the river, if the weather is nice, it's a great spot for the family, and most of all, it's free! Go downtown and shop the Historic shops of Branson. If you keep going past the downtown part of Branson, you will come upon the all new Branson Landing. Park your car, hop on the trolley and ride it back and forth a couple of times, see the water and fire show and do a little shopping.
5. Most of all, enjoy your vacation! There's always something to do in Branson, so if it rains and you planned a day outside, rearrange your plans and do something fun indoors! Branson offers a variety of attractions and events to enjoy it every season of the year and every type of weather throughout. Take the family, and enjoy!