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Don't let the small-town, rural surroundings fool you: there's a side of Branson that evokes Las Vegas without the casinos. Entertainment is non-stop on The Strip, a seven-mile stretch of live music and comedy shows, numerous restaurants, theme parks, shopping outlets and a multitude of hotels. You might catch Barbara Mandrell, Wayne Newton or Glen Campbell, all regulars at what some people call the Live Music Capital of the World, where close to 90 music and comedy shows run daily in over 47 theatres. But there's another side to this warm, hospitable town tucked into the foothills of the Ozarks: it's a paradise for outdoor recreation. The rolling hills offer 200 miles of trails for hiking, horse riding and mountain biking, and three scenic lakes are havens for fishing and water sports. For less strenuous water activities, hop aboard one of the many lake cruises. The kids won't want to leave Silver Dollar City, where thrilling rides are combined with a glimpse into turn-of-the-century Ozark life. You won't be alone on a weekend visit to modern-day Branson: the natural attractions and live entertainment draw seven million tourists every year.