Quality time with friends and family is precious. Why would you ever want to waste your time sitting in traffic? You wouldn’t. And the good news is you don’t have to.
There are so many things to love about Branson (attractions, shows, restaurants, shopping, etc.), but traffic isn’t one of them. Navigating around Branson during vacation doesn’t have to be a hassle. The entertainment district is small, and with a few simple tips you can drive like a local. Hint: Locals know all the shortcuts.
Color Coded Route System
You’ve heard of color-by-numbers, but did you ever think you could apply it to driving? Branson has a super simple color system to get you just about anywhere you want to go!
GREEN – Known as Highway 76 Country Blvd, or even more well known as the “Strip.” The Green Route includes the heart of Branson activities. It’s the original road from which all of Branson has grown. Explore this five-mile stretch from historic downtown Branson all the way to Silver Dollar City theme park.
RED – Alternative route that runs parallel to the Strip on the north.
YELLOW – Alternative route that runs parallel to the Strip on the south.
BLUE – The least straightforward alternative route of all the colors, but the most valuable to understand. The blue route runs between the Strip and Red Route and is the best option for bypassing the most traffic. The need to get to a particular location on the Strip paired with the Blue Route will make you a tourist force to be reckoned with. It uses cross streets to connect you to the Strip that will give you the same edge as our locals have.
Access a map of all color routes from the Branson Convention & Visitors Bureau by clicking here. Already in Branson and need traffic relief? Maps are available at gas stations, restaurants, shows, and welcome centers. Plan your routes now and save precious time later.
Avoid the Green Route
There are a few different opinions out there about how the Strip got its name. Some say it’s because it’s the primary street in town. Others say it’s because it will actually strip you of all your patience and it should be avoided at all costs!
There isn’t a trip to Branson that’s complete without an activity of some kind on the Strip. It’s an endless road-side display of attractions, shows, shopping, and more. It’s the true hub of entertainment that makes Branson what it is. But the Strip is a choice, not a necessity.
Choose wisely when to take the Strip. On your way to a 7 p.m. show? Take an alternative route or find yourself in bumper-to-bumper traffic. And that’s traffic with a capital “T”. Got up early for a family breakfast and want to see the sites? Cruise the Strip and enjoy the giant chicken, Ferris wheel, and a leisurely drive at your own pace.
Gridlock equals mental block. You want to have fun on your vacation, not get stuck in traffic wasting time. Or worse, you don’t want to get lost in an unfamiliar place.
Vacations are for memories. Don’t miss out because you’re focused on the license plate two feet in front of you.
Save time and avoid the long lines of traffic.
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