A new guidebook that lists the top 100 towns in America has recently recognized Branson.

The book, called “The Great Towns of America,” by David and Joan Vokac, was written with both travelers and urban escapists in mind.

The book is subtitled “The All New Guide to the 100 Best Getaways for a Vacation or a Lifetime,” and is a completely revised follow-up to the original compilation of the entire nation’s greatest towns — first released in 1998.

Since then, 12 of the original 100 towns have been replaced by other communities. A press release said the Vokacs described Branson as the “recreation capital of the heartland.”

Gina Brubaker and her husband, George, both of St. Louis, were at the Keeter Center on Thursday as part of their week spent in the Branson Area.

“We come here three times a year with our friends,” Gina Brubaker said. “It’s always fun and I think it’s great that Branson would be in a book like this. It put it on the top of my list.”

“I love to read about fun places,” said Rachel Johnson, of St. Louis, who was traveling with the Brubakers and her husband, James. “That is definitely a book I would like to buy.”

According to the press release, the guidebook offers information on each of the 100 cities, which was gathered by the Vokacs traveling more than 80,000 miles doing research. It also offers information about the weather in each location.

Information courtesy of Branson Daily News