Trip Ideas: Route 66 Part Two
Continue your Route 66 Trip. Starting from Cuba, Mo., start your great American road trip by heading west on Route 66 to see everything from picturesque courthouses to re-creations of Old Route 66 filling stations. Explore the Route 66 museum, quaint bed and breakfasts, wineries and more as you make one of the great American road trips down Route 66 in Missouri.
Morning
Is it ever too early to sip wine? We won't judge, and your friends at St. James Winery won't, either. Hey, they've got juice, too, so enjoy the free, self-serve tasting bar. There are 32 varieties of wine and juice. Wine cellar tours are offered hourly on Saturday and Sunday; other days by reservation.
540 State Route B, St. James MO 65559, 800-280-9463
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Rolla has several fun Route 66 attractions; one of the most unique is this half-scale replica of Stonehenge. It was created using water-jet technology at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Add an educational element to your Route 66 trip with a stop in Rolla.
1400 N. Bishop Ave., Rolla MO 65409, 573-341-4111
Hours: 24 hours
Built in 1941 to bring building supplies to Fort Leonard Wood. Stop at the scenic overlook from Teardrop Road, and then continue east to Trophy Lane and turn left to the old trestle bridge and journey back in time to see why Route 66 has become one of the great American road trips.
21050 Teardrop Road, Devils Elbow MO 65584, 573-336-6355
Hours: Open 24 hours
Afternoon
Dowd's Catfish and BBQ offers award-winning Southern fried catfish, barbecue, steaks, seafood, burgers, sandwiches, and salads.
1760 W. Elm St., Lebanon MO 65536, 417-532-1777
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Take a self-guided tour of this museum, which features recreations of a 1950s gas station and a classic diner, along with displays of antique cars, a collection of Route 66 books, magazines and videos. It’s the perfect place to add a history lesson to your Route 66 trip.
915 S. Jefferson Ave., Lebanon MO 65536, 417-532-2148
Hours: Mon.-Thur., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Route 66 was born in Springfield (it was here where the highway officially was named) and today, a section of the highway borders Jordan Valley Park. Take a break from driving and stretch your legs, while enjoying open spaces and water features; any kiddos in your group will enjoy the playgrounds.
735 E. Trafficway St., Springfield MO 65806, 417-866-7444
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
This recreation of a 1930 Sinclair gas station takes you for a journey in time. The site includes a replica station, along with original pumps and other memorabilia from the heyday of Route 66.
21118 Old Route 66, Ash Grove MO 65604, 417-234-4943
Hours: Daily: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Evening
Enjoy an evening stroll, and wonderful photo opportunities, around this magnificent courthouse. Built in 1894-95, this Romanesque Revival building is constructed of Carthage stone and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Jasper County Courthouse is said to be the second-most-photographed building in the state of Missouri.
302 S. Main St., Carthage MO 64836, 417-359-8181
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
It's a little bit off the Route 66 path, but a trip to Grand Falls, on Shoal Creek, is worth the trek. One of Missouri's most scenic destinations, it's the largest, continuously flowing natural waterfall in Missouri, plunging 25 feet.
5400 S. Riverside Drive, Joplin MO 64804, 800-657-2534
Hours: Dawn-dusk.
End your great American road trip on Route 66 with a secluded getaway at Creekside Cottage. This rustic and comfortable cottage is located beside Shoal Creek, three miles from Joplin. Fix breakfast at your own pace and on your schedule the next morning; you'll find all the fixings in the fridge. Creekside Cottage is a great place to enjoy the final days of your Route 66 holidays.
4041 Broadlawn Blvd., Joplin MO 64804, 417-674-7704
Hours: Office: Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.