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The Wildfire roller coaster at Silver Dollar City near Branson, Missouri.

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Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, a Missouri town is ranked among the nation’s top travel destinations of the year, according to a travel website.

Branson ranked third in Tripadvisor’s Top Trending Destinations for 2022.

The travel website says it created the list “based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings” of places in the United States and around the world, regarding accommodations , restaurants and things to do from November 1, 2020 to October 31. 2021.

Branson was the only city in Missouri — and the only place in the Midwest — ranked among the top trending destinations across the country. Worldwide, no American city has been ranked among the top 10 places to visit.

“Missouri’s entertainment capital blends shows and attractions with plenty of outdoor activities,” says Tripadvisor. “The city of Branson, Missouri is full of entertainment. Catch star-studded performances at The Haygoods; explore (nearby) Silver Dollar City Theme Park; get back to nature in the Ozark Mountains and three pristine lakes; play one of the best golf courses in the Midwest; visit museums showcasing the region’s history and culture; or browse the town’s boutiques and outlets.

“Once the day is done, you can unwind at one of the many resorts in the area.”

Specifically, Tripadvisor has listed three must-do activities if you’re visiting America’s third-hipest travel spot this year:

The Big Island of Hawaii has been ranked by Tripadvisor as the trendiest American place to visit in 2022, followed by Charleston, South Carolina, at number two.

Globally, Mallorca, an island off the coast of Spain, took the top spot.

Kaitlyn Alanis is a McClatchy national real-time reporter based in Kansas. She is an alumnus of agricultural communication and journalism at Kansas State University.

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