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Route 66 Missouri



"Missouri has plenty to show the Route 66 road warrior. From the sprawling city and suburbs of Saint Louis to the former mining regions of Joplin, with the forested limestone hills of the Ozarks in between, Missouri loves company."

Jerry McClanahan, noted author (EZ 66 Guide For Travelers), artist and historian




"Your Route 66 Missouri Visitor Center"

Link to United States and International Route 66 Associations


Birthplace of Route 66 - Springfield Missouri


In 1922, Route 14 connected St. Louis and Joplin.  In 1926, that span of road was designated a national highway and renamed Route US 66.


Traditionally a Native American trail known as the “Osage Indian Trail”, the road between St. Louis and Springfield was an old road until the early-to-mid 19th century, when a telegraph line was laid along the road and the route was renamed “Wire Road”.  The highway eventually became part of the Ozark Trail.


Red’s Giant Hamburg, the first ever drive-thru restaurant in the world, can be found along Route 66 in Springfield.


Designated as “Route 66 Mural City”, Cuba, Missouri is home to numerous art and sculpture displays throughout the town and along the Route 66 corridor.


Many wineries can be found in a major grape growing area between St. James and Sullivan, Missouri.


On the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the 66 Drive-In, an outdoor cinema, was built in Carthage in 1949


Enjoy this video from the annual Cuba Fest in Cuba, Missouri:


Travelers on Route 66 enjoyed a scenic drive through the Ozarks as they headed West out of Rolla toward Springfield.  Small rental log cabins and stone cottages dotted the countryside, built by hard-working Ozark hill people.  These skilled artisans used local materials, logging the oak trees from the forests and cutting warm rusty Ozark sandstone from the hills.


Be Different - Travel with your Little Guy Teardrop Camper/Trailer


Missouri, known as the cave state, provided exploring opportunities for the curious motorist and their families.  Three memorable caves south of Leasburg included the immense cavern of Cathedral Cave, the Missouri  Caverns, and Onandaga Cave where they could float through the winding channel of the Lost River.  A few miles east of Leasburg at Stanton, travelers also enjoyed Lester Dill’s well-known Meramec Caverns, a first-class tourist destination.


Richard Hollingshead invented and patented the drive-in movie theater in 1933 and formed a company to franchise his concept.  Along Route 66, a drive-in movie provided inexpensive family entertainment and a brief respite from the long drive across the country.


Not as liberal as the folks in Illinois, Missourians built few roadside taverns along their 301 mile stretch of Route 66.


Get Your Kicks On Route 66 - Missouri Route 66 Attractions

Read about Web City, Missouri

City Motto - "We Love It Here"

Missouri Veterans

Honoring Crawford County Veterans

Vietnam Veterans



Visit St. Louis, Lake Of The Ozarks, Stanton, Cuba, Rolla, Lebanon, Conway and Springfield.


Discover Our Interactive

Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Map

Interactive map provided by the National Park Service

(click on map to find out information about your location on Route 66)


U.S. Highway 66 -- popularly known as Route 66 or the Mother Road -- holds a special place in American consciousness and evokes images of simpler times, mom and pop businesses, and the icons of a mobile nation on the road. This travel itinerary aids the public to visit the historic placesthat recall those images and experiences that are reminders of our past and evidence of the influence of the automobile.


The Route 66 DiscoverOur Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary was produced by the National Park Service's Heritage Education Services and the National Park Service Route66 Corridor Preservation Program, in partnership with the American Express and World Monuments Fund Sustainable Tourism Initiative and theNational Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.


Interactive Map of Illinois and Missouri

provided by the National Park Service

(click on map to find out information about your location on Route 66)