Branson Vacation Planning
DH and I decided that this summer we are going to go on a vacation. I know it's not the most frugal thing to do, but with our tax return we will be able to knock out a bunch of debt and I just got a promotion with much better pay.
That being said, DD is 3 and I will be about 6 months pregnant. We really want to go on a vacation with DD while she is still an "only child". We are seriously considering Branson, MO. For us it would be about a 9 hour drive. I'm pretty sure DD could handle it. I am looking at borrowing a portable DVD player for her to enjoy her movies for the trip. Our SUV is in really good condition. I've calculated the gas for the trip and it still much cheaper than flying. I've also read that Branson is a city you really need a car in since some of the stuff is so spread out, so us driving would eliminate the need for a rental car.
I am getting a pretty good idea of the attractions and shows I want to see, but I am having a hard time narrowing down the accommodations. I am good with a hotel, I don't need a cabin or lodge environment, but I am getting such conflicting reports from the Branson forums and Silver Dollar City forums.
Have you been to Branson? What did you like and not like? Where did you stay? Any tips would be appreicated!