Traffic on highway 76 can be very slow at times. The worst times are when the shows are starting (7:00 ish) and over (10:00 ish). Over the years they have built traffic relief routes so tourists and locals can avoid this. However, a lot of tourists probably aren't aware of where they are or don't figure it out until it's time to go home.
The traffic relief routes are color coded on this map and there are signs around Branson marking the roads. The colors are red, blue, and yellow. Our Branson condos are located on the Yellow route (Green Mountain Drive) which parallels highway 76 most of the way around. Use this route to avoid heavy traffic. There are many places to cut back to highway 76 to get where you are going.
If you have never been to Branson then it's worth driving down highway 76 (The Strip) at least once. There is a lot to look at and you might find something to do that you were not aware of.
Click on the map below to print it. Also, there are Branson maps in most lobbies of restaurants, grocery stores, and Walmart that are free.