Suggestions wanted for a good halfway point to stop for the night driving from Beloit WI to Branson in Septermber.
Tend to visit Branson about once a year. Since we are coming from the NW suburbs of Chicago, we actually drive much of the same route once I-55 and I-39 meet up (around Bloomington). If you're looking for a halfway point to stop for the night, I would suggest Litchfield as a potential stop.
Litchfield would be approximately halfway Beloit and Branson to break-up the drive. Since it's not as big as some of the other nearby cities (such as Springfield and St. Louis), you can get a hotel room for reasonable price. We've stayed at the Baymont a few times and had very good experiences with them. Plenty of decent dining options as well. Plus, in September, the Skyview Drive-In theater is still open, which can be a fun experience. Not many drive-in theaters still in operation, so a fun rarity to enjoy.
Otherwise, if you want a bigger town/city feel for your overnight stop, both Springfield and St. Louis are great as well.