It's getting well into the beginning of vacation time and of course, with the latest efforts of the oil companies to bleed everybody dry, fuel has gotten more expensive than ever. Thing is, people still want to take vacations and honestly I am not a hamster, I think it's important to be able to do *something* that allows you to "decompress" from the day to day routine that you deal with the rest of the year.
So, as the media has been busy pointing out, a lot of people are changing their vacation plans. For example, people living in Southern Missouri or Northern Arkansas might elect to go someplace like Branson instead of taking longer trips that would likely eat up most of their vacation funds just getting there and back.
A place like Branson has a lot to offer. If you like live music, Branson is billed as the "Live Music Capital of the World". Then there's theme parks. Silver Dollar City is close by and has over 30 rides and attractions. There's bound to be something for anyone.
Branson is also home to The Titanic Museum, a half scale replica of the infamous ocean liner. When you "board", you recieve a boarding pass that bears the name of one of the 2200 crew and passengers that were abord it's maiden voyage. That museum alone would be a fascinating part of any vacation.