States traversed: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana
US Route 63 runs from north-central Wisconsin, through western Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, and Arkansas, to end in northern Louisiana. US Route 63 gets its start just west of Ashland, Wisconsin, at a point along US Route 2 that isn't far from Lake Superior. The route starts heading southwesterly, crossing the Mississippi River at Red Wing, Minnesota. US Route 63 heads south from there through Rochester, Minnesota; Waterloo, Iowa, Columbia, Missouri; Jefferson City, Missouri; and Rolla, Missouri. Entering Arkansas, US Route 63 starts to do something completely inexplicable. It diverts southeast to join Interstates 555 and 55 to the Memphis area, then cuts west along Interstate 40 for most of the way to Little Rock. At Hazen, Arkansas, US Route 63 turns back southerly, returning to its former longitude from when it first entered Arkansas. At Stuttgart, Arkansas, US Route 63 heads southwest to El Dorado, Arkansas, where US Route 167 brings US Route 63 to its end in Ruston, Louisiana, at Interstate 20. The entire distance of US Route 63 in Louisiana is concurrent with US Route 167.
My photo of US Route 63 sits along the business alignment of US Route 36 in Macon, Missouri, which sits just south of the main expressway alignment. The photo shows a sign assembly facing north along US Route 63, for southbound traffic to see. This photo was taken in May 2014, along the first leg of my trip to the St. Joseph area in Missouri; this was my first trip dedicated to my national route collection. Back to the nationwide main page. Back to the home page.