Spots for Sweeping Views in Branson

The drive – or flight in – to Branson should give you some clue about the natural beauty that abounds in the Missouri Ozarks.

What you might not notice while in transit are the myriad attractions that give you excellent, bird’s-eye views of this lively city and the area that surrounds it.

Here’s a look at some of the spots offering such great views of Branson, they make eagles jealous: 

  • Parakeet Pete’s Skydeck – Perched atop Mount Branson and overlooking the Branson Landing, this bluff-top terrace above Lake Taneycomo gives visitors a panoramic view of the city (and it’s a cool spot for get-togethers). How do you get there? Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline, of course!
  • Branson Ferris Wheel – Seeing the bright neon lights of Branson’s live-show theaters is impressive enough from the road, but it’s downright incredible from 150 feet up – the position you find yourself in as your Ferris Wheel gondola reaches its apex.
  • Route 465, the Ozark Mountain High Road – One of the highways into Branson from the north, this road (offering convenient access to Silver Dollar City) has sweeping vistas, as the name suggests. Gentle curves and plenty of undulations make this seven-mile jaunt a great route for motorcycle riders.
  • Table Rock Lake – Magnificent views of the lake and hills that surround it are highlights of an excursion with American Para-Sail, which operates out of Table Rock State Park Marina. Prepare to be surprised by the serenity of sailing 250 feet above the water. It’s a can’t-miss experience.
  • Branson Bigfoot on the Strip – Scheduled to open in 2017, this new attraction on Highway 76 will take riders 200 feet up and bring them back down one of three ways. Adventurous folks will like the free-fall style ride and the option to go flipping end-over-end in a saddle swing. For those who prefer a slow-and-steady pace, there’s an observation cart that rotates 360 degrees to give more complete views of the area.
  • Scenic Overlooks – Okay, here’s a two-fer. The Route 165 scenic overlook is part of a scenic drive that runs about 22 miles and includes stretches of Route 265. On the drive, you’ll see Table Rock Lake and the Table Rock Lake Dam. Inside the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area, a scenic overlook that’s less than a half-mile from the parking lot leads to a 40-foot-tall viewing tower atop a formation known as Dewey Bald, where views of the White River Hills await.

These are just a few of the ways to reach new heights and find unforgettable views in Branson. Check them out on your next visit.

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