We always stay off the "strip" (76 highway) to avoid the traffic and general crankiness that brings. Check out motels around Fall Creek and near Silver Dollar City if you're in Branson for the lake or the amusement parks. Silver Dollar City is always great, don't forget it's sister park Celebration City. It's a nice little park that's only open in the evenings in the summer. Don't waste money at the buffets on the strip, they're overpriced and bland. We've always had good luck with the food at the amusement parks and a few restaurants away from the main drag. Especially good is Danna's BBQ near Fall Creek Inn and in Branson West.