Even if you’re not into cars, you’ve heard of Route 66. And even if you don’t know much about the historic highway, you’ve likely heard a song or two about it. References to Route 66 have made it into lyrics sung by Nat King Cole, Depeche Mode, The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, The Cheetah Girls, Van Morrison… the list goes on. You probably also know that Springfield is considered the birthplace of this much-talked about highway.
Thanks to this historical designation, tour groups and visitors from all across the country make a pitstop in Springfield to soak up some car-themed history, and one of their first stops while in town is at the Route 66 Car Museum. Here, they can see owner Guy Mace’s collection of 100-plus vintage cars, and they can pick up an illustrated map of Route 66 that will help guide them on their drive.
To get a snapshot of the must-see stops along Route 66 here in Missouri, we’ve rounded up the most intriguing road-side attractions from St. Louis to Joplin.