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Bucket List Adventures- Branson

 

Hello, from The Show Me State: Missouri

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Missouri has a variety of landscapes that offer spectacular scenic views of the prairie lands, rolling hills, the Ozark mountains, forests, and lakes. In Missouri, you can sightsee, engage in many water activities, go hiking in the trails, explore deep caves, watch world-class shows and so much more!

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Historic Downtown Branson is lined up with shopping districts, dining options, theater shows and attractions. Branson is known best for its live entertainment!

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Route 76 Country Blvd is the hub for festivities. On Country Blvd. you check out the amusement park, theaters, and boardwalk. The Branson Ferris Wheel all lit up really stands out. They also have Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Titanic museum, zip lining, mini-golf, go-karts and more! It’s even better at night with all of the flashing and neon lights. I loved seeing all of the famed Branson theaters lined up in this iconic entertainment district!

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Branson Landing is great for shopping, dining and viewing the fountain show. I walked alongside the Taneycomo Lakefront at Branson Landing and watched the magical fire, water, and music fountain show! the animated fountain show is a true spectacle!

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Popular Branson Theater Shows: Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, The Haygoods, Celtic Ladies, Presley’s Country Jubilee, Six, Sights and Sound Theater, Acrobats of China, Amazing Pets, Broadway’s Greatest Hits, Hamner’s Unbelievable Variety Show and more!

Top Branson Attractions: Showboat Branson Belle, Silver Dollar City, Marvel Cave, Titanic Museum, College of the Ozarks, Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, Table Rock Lake, Veteran’s Memorial Museum, Downtown Historic Branson, The Branson Landing and many more!

Silver Dollar City and Marvel Cave offer park-goers an opportunity to take a step back into the 1800’s. In this amusement park, Silver Dollar, offers visitors period demonstrations, amusement rides, and good old-fashioned fun! Silver Dollar City is home to Marvel Cave, and the amusement park is actually built around it. Marvel Cave is a living limestone cave, and dates back to the 1500’s!

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Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is actually the largest trout fish conservation center. The conservation facility has upwards of 35,000 rainbow and brown trout fish birthed in the aquarium tanks. The majority of the fish are rehomed in Lake Taneycomo. You can also stroll the little gardens and see many butterflies.

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Table Rock Dam is definitely to be admired and marvel at the architecture of the dam. Table Rock Dam was completed in 1959 to serve the purpose of damning the White Water and resulted in a new lake, Lake Taneycomo to be formed. The grounds and views of Table Rock Lake reservoir are quite special.

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Table Rock Lake is widely popular for outdoor recreation and water sports. Table Rock Lake is an artificial lake with many attractions for visitors and locals alike. At Table Rock Lake you can visit marinas, beaches, and swimming holes, and also engage in boating activities, sightseeing tours and even more.

Table Rock State Park is perfect for outdoor adventures including campsites, picnic sites, swimming spots, biking and hiking trails, fishing, and much more. There are amazing views of the Ozark mountains!

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State Park Marina is your go-to place for water sports. You are able to take catamaran boat tours or rent your own paddleboards or boats at the State Park Marina. There is also concessions, a food spot, and a gift shop.

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Moonshine Beach is part of Table Rock Lake and has sparkling blue water like the ocean, minus the saltwater. Moonshine beach offers picnic and play areas, hiking trails, swimming and boating, and a volleyball court.

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Sight and Sound Theatres is a live theater show where cast reenacts some of the most famous stories in the bible. Sight and Sound Theatres puts on famed bible stories such as Moses, Samson, and Jonah.

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College of the Ozark’s- is a Christian faith-based, tuition-free college that promotes self-sufficiency by having students utilize and work on the land. The college’s motto is Hard Work U and encourages personal development and hard work ethic. The college has an on-site church, museum, restaurant and more. College of the Ozark’s overlooks the beautiful Ozark Mountains and Lake Taneycomo.

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The Top of The Rock Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail is a top recreational resort property offering guests lodging, dining, golfing and golf-cart tours through paved trails and the on-site cave. The Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail afford visitors with beautiful scenic views of the Ozark Mountains and Table Rock Lake.

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Branson is a lively city known for its entertainment varieties and beautiful geography. In Branson, you can catch world-famous shows and performances! Branson is situated perfectly in the Ozark mountains and offers many outdoor activities!

And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

With All my Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side.” -Roman Payne

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Bucket List Dreams- Top of the Rock and Lost Canyon

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Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail

Greetings from The Show Me State! Missouri is filled with many outdoor activities for you to enjoy, whether it’s attending a world-class show, or immersing yourself in nature. My journey took me through two very beautiful mountain regions the Ouachita’s and the Ozark’s!

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Branson is perfect for a mini vacation or weekend getaway. Top of the Rock is a recreational resort destination offering lodging, golfing, nature trails, dining and shopping. There is also a museum and gift shop on site.

Big Cedar Lodge offers guests luxurious rustic log cabins, lodges and cottages. The stunning resort is situated with views of the Ozark’s and Table Rock Lake. You can stay lake-side, or even mountainside for woodsy views.

Top of the Rock Golf Course is a premier golfing destination. At top of the Rock you can get your practice in, schedule lessons, or just have a quiet morning stroll among the relaxing and inspiring scenery.

Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail allow guests to take a leisurely ride through the immaculate nature park. The Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail showcases the best vistas, scenic landscapes and panoramic views of The Great Outdoors.

Other points of interest: Chapel of the Ozark’s, Jack’s Civil War Cabin, Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum and the Golf Pro Shop, and The Amish bridge.

The Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail was the highlight of my Missouri trip! We paid the 10 dollar entrance fee and drove up to the Top of The Rock. You get the ten dollars back to either put towards food, amusements or the cost of the tour tickets (which we did.) We checked in and signed some waivers and paid the 25 dollar fee per person for the golf cart self-guided tour. There is a multitude of man-made and natural formations to observe and explore.

I spent the day exploring the beautiful Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail!

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We started off and saw waterfalls and rock formations, and then made our way to the four-story cave. The cave was so beautiful with a waterfall overhead, and when we came around the bend I saw the Bat Bar. The cave tour was a great experience and definitely a lot of fun. The views inside the cave were spectacular!

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We continued our way and stopped off many times to take in the gorgeous views from up at the top. You can see many beautiful cascading waterfalls, stacked table rock formations, and wildlife. Top of The Rock sits high atop a bluff and you can see Ozark’s and Table Rock Lake. This place is a photographers dream. Everything we witnessed was so mesmerizing.

 

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I love the unexpected discovery of being completely enchanted with the discovery of a new place. At Top of the Rock you will take in the scenic vistas of Ozark’s. The cave offers mystery and intrigue to curious minds. The gorges and canyons are bold and daring. The mountain views, rolling hills and towering waterfalls are awe-inspiring.

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The Lost Canyon affords visitors with unparalleled views of the Ozark mountains and Table Rock Lake. I am eternally grateful for getting to witness the beauty and greatness of The Lost Canyon!

And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water. ” -Roman Payne