This was just a quiet little Ozarks resort on the White River until Nashville came to town in the early 1980s. Today, live entertainment at over 30 theaters attracts 3.5 million tourists annually. Branson also features wax museums, a scenic railway, theme parks, even rides in restored World War II amphibious ducks.If your tastes run more to pitchin’ and flippin’ than pickin’ and grinnin’, the 52,300-acre Table Rock Lake is home to good numbers of largemouths, smallmouths, and spotted bass. The cold tailwaters of Table Rock Dam create an outstanding trout fishery, giving up 20-plus-inch rainbows as well as the occasional trophy brown. 800-214-3661; www.explorebranson.com.