Headed to St. Louis...

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  1. cyfan964

    cyfan964 Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  2. FarminCy

    FarminCy Well-Known Member

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    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.:smile:
     
  3. thatguy

    thatguy Well-Known Member

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    bring your gun/Kevlar.
     
  4. CYKXBUT

    CYKXBUT Active Member

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    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.
     
  5. hawkeyeh8r

    hawkeyeh8r Well-Known Member

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    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
     
  6. clone2011

    clone2011 Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  7. CyFan61

    CyFan61 Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  8. FarminCy

    FarminCy Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  9. isufbcurt

    isufbcurt Well-Known Member

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    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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