If you’re visiting in the summer, there’s no better way to escape the heat than exploring the underground landscape of sparkling crystals known as Talking Rocks Cavern. See formations such as “cave bacon” and the 100-foot-tall Cathedral. After your tour, you can mine for semi-precious gems and minerals in the sluicing area, walk nature trails, play miniature golf and crawl through two crawl mazes.
While this hotel is on the same highway as many of the shows and tourist attractions, it's a scenic 10-minute drive from downtown. You'll pass Inspiration Tower, which offers stunning panoramas of the Ozarks, and will find the hotel just steps away from Silver Dollar City and conveniently near Table Rock Lake. The hotel features an indoor pool and game room and accommodations with private balconies overlooking the mountains.Book NowCourtesy of Chateau on the Lake Resort and Spa
Courtesy of Chateau on the Lake Resort and Spa
Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa
415 N. State Hwy 265
Looking out over Table Rock Lake from your private balcony at this AAA Four Diamond
resort, you’ll forget you’re only 10 miles from Branson’s bustling downtown. With its scenic outdoor pool, elegant spa and fine dining, this Ozarks oasis is the perfect place to unwind after a day of attractions, shows and shopping.Book NowAAA / Inspector 503
Chateau Grille at Chateau on the Lake
415 N. State Hwy 265
Treat yourself to locally caught fish or an aged steak at this AAA Three Diamond
restaurant overlooking Table Rock Lake. A piano player entertains on weekends. Reserve the Chef's Table for a custom-created, five-course meal with wine pairings. This restaurant is a popular spot for special occasions, so call ahead for reservations.Read MoreiStockphoto.com / Michael Phillips
iStockphoto.com / Michael Phillips
Danna's Bar-B-Que & Burger Shop
15 Hope Way (SR 13 business route)
Whether you choose the Branson West location near Silver Dollar City or the one south of the busy strip, the draw here is barbecue: pork or beef that is marinated, coated in a secret rub and slow-smoked to perfection. Burgers, fried catfish, sandwiches and salads round out the menu, and you can top it all off with a frosty root beer float.
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