Friday, January 18, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-55 in Missouri & Arkansas

St. Louis on the Mississippi river by night. J...
St. Louis on the Mississippi river by night. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial aka. Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse are visible. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 55 crosses the Mississippi River and enters the state of Missouri at St. Louis. This highway runs parallel to the river during its journey in this state and joins St. Louis with Cape Girardeau and New Madrid. In Arkansas it links Blytheville with West Memphis, where it intersects Interstate 40. Some attractions close to this highway include the many recreational activities available on and near the Mississippi River and, of course, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. To the west are the Ozarks with the Ozarks National Scenic Waterway and the Mark Twain National Forest.

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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