I escorted my first tour to Branson Missouri in 2003. I really did not think I would enjoy watching shows for several days as I am more at home being in the great outdoors, traveling to our National Parks. Since 2003 I have escorted eleven tours to Branson and look forward to many more! First of all Branson is in a beautiful setting, in the middle of the Ozark Mountains. Our beautiful hotel, the Hilton Promenade sits in the middle of a shopping area called the Branson Landing on the banks of Lake Taneycomo. Also steps away, the historic Old Town with a five and dime store, and neat little shops. It is also very convenient getting to Branson these days since they opened a brand new airport just south of town.
But what keeps people coming back to Branson are the shows that line the road known as Country Blvd 76, soon to be renamed Entertainment Blvd because it is not just country music you will hear. On our visit we watched the performances of Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Debbie Boone and the Gatlin Brothers, Tony Orlando and the Lennon Sisters, Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff, Japanese violinist Shoji Tabuchi, The Hughes Brothers, and Jim Stafford.
I had a really lovely, fun group. We enjoyed 70 degree days all but one, and a nice sightseeing tour around the area. Breakfast and dinner where included each day and the meals and restaurants were excellent. We were in town during the Veterans Day week with their annual parade passing right by our hotel. Branson is the most patriotic place in the country; they acknowledge our veterans each day of the year, not just on Veterans Day. I think the thing I like the most about Branson are the people, they are so friendly. We pull right up to the front door of the theatres and restaurants. No place else do I know of where the restaurant manager will come on to the coach and welcome you to his establishment. If you’ve never been to Branson, find a spot for it on your travel calendar, I don’t think you will be disappointed. Next year’s tour will depart sometime in the fall. Look for the itinerary in our newsletter the beginning of 2011.