Branson on Forbes List of Top 10 Places to Travel Now

Family picnicking at Liberty Plaza
Family having a picnic at Liberty Plaza in Downtown Branson.

Travel and family vacations have been greatly interrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic. While it may be months before things return to anything approaching “normal,” travel and events are still happening, albeit with extra precautions and care.

On Feb. 22, Forbes Magazine published their list of the “top 10 best places in America to travel right now and avoid the pandemic,” and Branson was at #4 on that list.

“With winter unwinding, there’s finally some hope that warm weather will return, businesses will start gradually re-opening, parks will re-fill, and people will become less afraid of one another,” writes Peter Lane Taylor, a contributor to ForbesLife at

To be fair, like everywhere else COVID-19 is a very real concern in Branson. Please don’t think that anybody is saying that a trip to Branson right now is a “vacation from the virus.” But with extra care and continued masking, and with millions of Americans now being vaccinated, it’s becoming possible for many people to get out and start to have fun again.

And Branson is built for fun, even while wearing a mask.

The Sparky trolleys resumed operations in summer of 2020 and have continued to operate since. On March 1, the trolleys will return to daily operation for the 2021 season.

In accordance with City of Branson and federal public transportation rule, masks or face coverings are required to board the Branson trolleys and for the duration of your ride.