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    Headed to St. Louis...

    for a convention downtown this weekend. I've heard two separate ways of getting there from Ames, both claiming to be the fastest.

    What's the quickest way there?


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    Re: Headed to St. Louis...

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfan964 View Post
    for a convention downtown this weekend. I've heard two separate ways of getting there from Ames, both claiming to be the fastest.

    What's the quickest way there?


    TIA.
    Go to Iowa City and take the Avenue of the Saints (218) down.

    I go about 2-3 times a year and that is the way I always take. Not sure if it's the fastest but it is an easy drive.

    On your way in or out stop in Chesterfield and go to the Brickhouse Tavern and Tap. Food is pretty good but the scenery is amazing.



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    Re: Headed to St. Louis...

    bring your gun/Kevlar.


    The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.

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    Re: Headed to St. Louis...

    By plane!

    By driving, drop down 65 to 163-63-34 to Mt Pleasant. Take the Highway of the Saints (27) down to I-70. Four lane all the way. I-80 sucks.



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    Re: Headed to St. Louis...

    Quote Originally Posted by CYKXBUT View Post
    By plane!

    By driving, drop down 65 to 163-63-34 to Mt Pleasant. Take the Highway of the Saints (27) down to I-70. Four lane all the way. I-80 sucks.
    this is the one that i took this summer and it seemed liked the drive went pretty fast since most of that highway now bypasses most of the small towns on the way



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    Re: Headed to St. Louis...

    Take the diagonal route (Ames - Pleasant Hill - Ottumwa - Mt Pleasant - St Louis). 4-lane and bypasses every town but Hannibal, MO. Drive that route several times every summer and it's less crowded overall, don't have to deal with the I-80 semis.



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    Re: Headed to St. Louis...

    I go to St. Louis maybe 6 times a year from Ames and this is the route I think is the quickest:

    Take I-35 to Des Moines
    I-35 S to I-80 E (you will hardly be on I-80, don't worry)
    I-80 E to US-65 S
    US-65 S to IA-163 E
    IA-163 E to US-63 S
    US-63 S to US-34 E
    US-34 E to IA-16 E
    IA-16 E to IA-27 S (Avenue of the Saints)
    Keep going

    You'll join up with the Avenue of the Saints just east of Houghton/north of Pilot Grove.

    I'm pretty sure if you Google Maps Ames to St. Louis, this comes up as the quickest way... I think that's how I discovered it myself.

    Just realized that this is the same route CYKXBUT posted except, instead of following US-34 to Mt. Pleasant and going south, you cut further down on IA-16 - I think it saves you maybe a few minutes.



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    Re: Headed to St. Louis...

    After reading everyone else's recommendations looks like I have a new route to try in two months when i have to go back to STL.



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    Re: Headed to St. Louis...

    Quote Originally Posted by clone2011 View Post
    Take the diagonal route (Ames - Pleasant Hill - Ottumwa - Mt Pleasant - St Louis). 4-lane and bypasses every town but Hannibal, MO. Drive that route several times every summer and it's less crowded overall, don't have to deal with the I-80 semis.
    This is the way I took when I went to the Chiefs/Rams game and I thought the route was great



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