Country music lovers, if you're feeling a little adventurous, take a short detour south from Route 66 along U.S. Highway 65 to the town of Branson.
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403 W. Main Street
Branson, MO 65616-2768
Best Western Center Pointe Inn
3215 76 Country Boulevard
Branson, MO 65616-3551
Best Western Music Capital Inn
3257 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway
Branson, MO 65616-8104
Best Western Branson Inn & Conference Center
8514 State Highway 76
Branson West, MO 65737-8881
Locals will be happy to inform you Branson is becoming the place for country entertainment, especially in the realm of classic country. If you have time, take in a show at any of Branson's more than 50 music venues.
If you'll be continuing on the Mother Road west from Springfield, use the Chestnut Expressway, which becomes Missouri 266 west of Interstate 44. At Halltown, Route 66 becomes part of today's Missouri Highway 96, a fairly speedy two-lane road.
Shortly after you pick up on Highway 96, watch for a turn-off loop through the former settlement of Spencer, which features an original 1926 Route 66 bridge over Johnson Creek and a classic stone Phillips station that dates back to the first days of the old road.