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Family Vacation - Driving from Chicago to Branson, Missouri

Updated on January 16, 2013

How long is the drive from Chicago to Branson?

The drive time from Chicago, Illinois to Branson, Missouri is about 8 1/2 hours. Think of all the things you will miss on the way to Branson if you don't stop and smell the roses. If you have read my other travel lenses to Washington D.C. and Orlando, you know I don't take the shortest route, but the route with the most adventures. So don't spend all of your time in Branson, Missouri, take some time to explore other treasures along the way like Springfield, Illinois, St Louis, Missouri, and Hannibal, Missouri

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Will this be your first visit to Branson, Missouri?

Will this be your first visit to Branson, Missouri?

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Places to visit between Chicago and Branson

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A markerThe Arch -
St Louis, Mo
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B markerThe home of Mark Twain -
Hannibal, Mo
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C markerPresidential Library of Abraham Lincoln -
Springfield, IL
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D markerChicago, IL -
chicago, il
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E markerBranson, Mo -
branson, mo
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Springfield, Illinois

A typical stop to Springfield, Illinois will include many visits to places featuring Abraham Lincoln, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the state capital of Illinois, and the Lincoln Tomb located in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Hannibal, Missouri

A quick ride from Springfield, Illinois and you find yourself in Hannibal, Missouri. Hannibal is the boyhood home of Samual Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. You can almost picture the scenes from the books the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the Adventures of Tom Sawyer as you walk around town on the mighty Mississippi River.

While in Hannibal, visit the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum and the Mark Twain Caves.

Books to read before visiting Hannibal, Missouri

St Louis, Missouri

St Louis, Missouri is right on the Mississippi River and a visit to the Arch and the Cathedral Basilica are a must at least once in your lifetime. If you are in St Louis during the summertime, take in a ballgame and watch the St Louis Cardinals.

Things to do in Branson, Missouri

Now that you made it to Branson, Missouri, check out all the things you can do.

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A markerTitanic Museum -
3235 W State Highway 76, Branson, Mo
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B markerSilver Dollar City Amusement Park -
399 Indian Point Rd, Branson, Mo
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What are some of your favorite spots between Chicago and Branson, Missouri?

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