Friday, December 14, 2012

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-44 in Missouri

Alley Mill, powered by Alley Spring, in the Oz...
Alley Mill, powered by Alley Spring, in the Ozarks of Missouri, in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 44 travels on a diagonal across the state of Missouri. I-44 begins just south of St. Louis and runs southwest connecting this city to Rolla, Springfield and Joplin. This beautiful highway, which cuts through the Mark Twain National Forest, has attractions nearby that include the Meramec State Park, Ozark National Scenic Riverways and Table Rock Lake which is located near Branson. For country music fans, I-44 is the closest interstate to Branson.

My favorite exit on this road is Exit 8 in Joplin. I am able to get gas at the Sam's Club where I also stock up on bottled water. Even though many hotels are available at this exit, rooms may be limited for a while since many construction workers are staying in this area. They are building a new hospital to replace the one destroyed by the recent Joplin tornado.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.
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