When it comes to popular vacation destinations, Branson is often top-of-mind and well-regarded by folks in every facet of the travel industry. We thought it would be interesting to check out just what type of accolades have been heaped on Branson, and some of its attractions, over the past couple of years or so. If you were on-the-fence about where to go on your next family vacation, girlfriends’ getaway, class reunion, or maybe just a nice weekend for the two of you, these positive acknowledgements might just be the extra nudge you need to decide that Branson is where you want to be!
Expedia.com: “Americans Pick Their Favorite Destinations” - Branson hits #19 on a list that includes popular places like Key West, Aspen, and Lake Tahoe.
Family Vacation Critic: An Old Time Christmas at Branson’s Silver Dollar City was listed among the “7 Best Holiday Light Displays in the U.S.” for 2018.
Hotwire: “Best Cities for a Short Trip in the US” - Branson ranked #2 among cities with a population of less than 150,000, landing it above favorites like Santa Fe, New Mexico and Charleston, South Carolina.
House Beautiful: “The Best Spring Getaway in Every State” - Branson claimed the title for Missouri in 2019.
Matador Network: Branson named a “Best Spring Break Destination” for 2019.
National Geographic: Big Cedar Lodge of Branson was named among “The World’s Best Lake Resorts” - with 20 resorts on the list, the majority were from exotic international destinations.
Realtor.com: Branson ranked #1 in “Top 10 Most Affordable Lake Towns of 2019” - a designation also received in 2018. (Just in case you’re looking for the perfect place to relocate or retire!)
Travel & Leisure: The National Crafts & Cowboy Festival at Silver Dollar City in Branson was their Missouri pick for “Best Fall Festival in Every State” in 2017.
Travel Channel: Christmas at Silver Dollar City in Branson was named among the “8 Holiday Light Displays You Don't Want to Miss” for 2018.
TravelMarket Report: “The Best Places to Visit in the U.S. During Christmastime” features Branson at #9 for 2018.
Travel South Showcase: Branson earned a perfect 5.0 score from journalist delegates - the first time a destination was given a perfect score in the history of the Showcase!
TripAdvisor: “Top 25 US Destinations” - Branson has been in the Top 20 for six straight years! (#17 for 2017 - #18 for 2019 - #19 for 2019)
TripAdvisor: “America’s 20 Most Kid-Friendly Places for a Family Vacation” include the World’s Largest Toy Museum in Branson
TripsToDiscover.com: Branson featured in “11 Best Small Towns to Visit for Christmas in the US.”
Trivago: “Best Value Destination” for 2016 and 2017 - This means Branson grabbed the #1 spot for two straight years!
U.S. News & World Report: Featured Branson in “16 Incredible Midwest Locations” for 2019.
U.S. News & World Report: The National Crafts & Cowboy Festival at Silver Dollar City in Branson was selected as one of the “Top 8 Fall Harvest Festivals.”
USA Today: Branson’s Silver Dollar City ranked #4 on the list of “Top Amusement Parks in America” - more than 400 amusement parks were considered!
USA Today: 2019 Best of Readers’ Choice selected Silver Dollar City’s Time Traveler as the #2 “Best New Amusement Park Attraction.”
VRBO: Ranked Branson #4 among U.S. destinations on their “Bang for Your Buck Index.”
Where to Retire: Branson makes the list in the book “America’s 100 Best Places to Retire” as one of the “10 Best Lake Towns.”
This isn’t even close to being a complete list of acknowledgements and accolades, but at least you get the idea, Branson is a phenomenal place to visit! These recent posts should be handy while you’re planning a visit: “Branson - 11 Good Things to Know Before You Go!” -- “Branson - 11 Handy Stores for Groceries & Everything You Forgot to Pack!”
For a few excellent ideas on what to do while you’re in Branson: