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Old 04-17-2006, 02:13 PM   #1
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Quickest Route from KC to Branson?

What is the quickest way from KC to Branson. There are a couple of routes but I am not sure which is the best.
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Old 04-17-2006, 02:34 PM   #2
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For my money, you go down South 71 Highway to Highway 7 through Clinton, Pick up Highway 13 there - take it all the way to Springfield, jump on I-44 East to Highway 65 South then down 65 to Branson. That is the usual route we travel and have found it to be the quickest.
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Old 04-17-2006, 02:44 PM   #3
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I agree with VBeason. That is the route we always use and it is faster than any other we have tried.
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Old 04-17-2006, 03:22 PM   #4
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What is the quickest way from KC to Branson. There are a couple of routes but I am not sure which is the best.
The simplest way is to go Hwy 71, south to I-44. East on I-44 to Springfield, and then south on US Hwy 65 to Branson,

It's all 4-lane Highway.

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Old 04-17-2006, 03:43 PM   #5
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Don't forget to take the bypass around Springfield. I believe it's called James River Parkway (something River Parkway, at least) and we always take it to avoid going into Springfield. It's usually very light traffic, and you come out onto 65 just north of Ozark.
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Don't forget to take the bypass around Springfield. I believe it's called James River Parkway (something River Parkway, at least) and we always take it to avoid going into Springfield. It's usually very light traffic, and you come out onto 65 just north of Ozark.
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Old 04-17-2006, 04:01 PM   #7
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I agree with vbeason - 71 to 7 to 13 - we have taken many different routes and this is our favorite! Don't forget to stop at Osceola at the cheese place!! Yummy samples!!
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Old 04-17-2006, 05:30 PM   #8
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The highway from Clinton to Springfield is almost all 4-lane now. Only a small section around Collinsville is 2-lane. Much shorter than going 71 to 44. Will save you probably 30-40 minutes.
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Old 04-17-2006, 06:07 PM   #9
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I agree with VBeason that Hwy. 71 to Hwy 7, then Hwy. 13 to I-44, then east to Hwy. 65 is the most logical way to go, especially considering it is the shortest distance and with escalating gas prices you will save dollars.

FYI... try to fill-up your vehicle at Ozark, Mo. on Hwy. 65, as that will be where you will find the cheaper gasoline.
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Old 04-18-2006, 07:50 AM   #10
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If you take that route and get hungry (for other than snacks that you can get in Osceola at the Cheese place . . . In Collins is a great restaurant called Smith's -- it is on the west side of the road and is wonderful. They also built a new place just south of Boliver, again on the west side of the road. They have great food and wonderful Pies, even sugar free!

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Old 04-18-2006, 09:23 AM   #11
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Since you have avoided lots of calories by having sugar free pie, you can stop at the Russell Stover outlet on the south side of Ozark. You might as well start putting on weight before you get to Branson.
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Old 04-18-2006, 10:09 AM   #12
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We are thinking of going to Kansas City this summer from Branson. How long does it take to get there going the shortest route?
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Old 04-18-2006, 10:54 AM   #13
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Since you have avoided lots of calories by having sugar free pie, you can stop at the Russell Stover outlet on the south side of Ozark. You might as well start putting on weight before you get to Branson.
Of course they also have an outlet just North of Garden City on 7 Highway that is a standard stop for us. THe last time they were having "case" sales and we picked up all kinds of sugar free and low carb stuff for snacks there too.

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We are thinking of going to Kansas City this summer from Branson. How long does it take to get there going the shortest route?
It is about a 3 to 3 1/2 hour drive going the shortest route. Depends on how many stops you make and what you like to see along the way. We are antique nuts so it takes us about 6 hours sometimes to get from KC to Branson. plus I have to stop about every hour or so to walk around because of a back injury. Can't just "drive it all" any more (although I do try to when I'm by myself). I believe the miles stated on Mapquest are about 212-213 miles - most of this is at 65 MPH and some of it is 70 MPH, so you cut that down to about 3 1/2 hours. It is a very pleasant drive. We enjoy it a lot.

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We always try to give ourselves 4 hours, to get to the KC airport, which is on the north side of KC.

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