Great American Road Trip
Pack your bags for a Route 66 Missouri adventure!
Historic Route 66 spans 8 states and over 2,400 miles. To really enjoy the entire route you need to set aside at least 3 weeks, and you would still not experience it all!
We have a vacation idea for you!
Why not break down your Route 66 adventure, and start with Missouri! Pulaski County, Missouri makes the perfect home base for your week of vacation!
Make Your Route 66 Reservations
First order of “business” is to reserve your stay. Choose from a number of hotels or motels to fit your budget and desires…pet friendly? Pool? Fitness Room? Kitchenette?
Spend your first few days exploring Pulaski County’s 33 miles of Route 66
The night before – Settle into your home away from home. Enjoy an evening out, and rest up for 5 busy days, and a couple of relaxing ones too!
Day 1 – Start the day out with our Route 66 tools; Audio, Interactive Map, and Brochure. Each tool provides you with turn-by-turn instructions and historic information. Meander along the divided highway and photograph Hooker’s Cut. Experience the calm and peaceful Devils Elbow community. Take pictures along the Big Piney River, mail a postcard from Sheldon’s Market. Stop off at the Scenic overlook of the wooden trestle railroad bridge. As you move west roll the window down to take a whiff of sweet BBQ wafting through the Ozark region. As you round the corner, tap those breaks when you see the dinosaurs and spend the day at Uranus Missouri. Sample fudge, take photos, get thrown in jail, tour the Sideshow Museum, play a round, or two, of miniature golf.
Day 2 – Head on into the quaint community of Waynesville. Stroll throughout downtown and learn about the local history. Visit area museums. Spend time at the parks, walk along the Roubidoux River, visit the Trail of Tears Memorial, take a dip at the local swimming hole. Stop by the library and rent a fishing pole and purchase a fishing license at one of the bait and tackle locations.
Day 3 – Spend a lazy day with one of Pulaski County outfitters. Rent a kayak, paddleboard, canoe, or raft and the outfitter of your choice will shuttle you for your river adventure. Choose from 2, 4, and 6 hours float trips.
Route 66 – Saint Robert to Saint Louis
Day 4 – Rise and shine and fuel up on a hearty breakfast as you set out to the east. Stop by Rolla and visit the Stonehedge Replica. Tour a winery or two in Saint James, stop by the Trail of Tear’s remembrance. Stop by Fanning for photos with the huge Route 66 Rocking Chair. Cruise Cuba, the City of Murals. Missouri is known as the Cave State, so be sure to visit either Onondaga State Park in Leasburg or Meramec Caverns in Stanton, the most visited cave in Missouri. As you move east towards Saint Louis, plan time in Gray Summit Purina Farms or Laumeier Sculpture Park in Sunset Hills. Saint Louis must-stops include the Gateway Arch and the Chain of Rocks Bridge at the Missouri-Illinois state line.
Route 66 – Saint Robert to Joplin
Day 5 – Spend some downtime enjoying your home away from home. Choose a themed tour in Pulaski County that fits your pleasure – Military Memorials, Gamer’s Trail, or Shutterbug locations. Or check out the “must stops” of Dixon, Crocker, and Richland. Take aim at a local golf course or indoor shooting range, or simply take a dip in your hotel pool, or at a public access along the riverways.
Day 6 – Try another hearty breakfast and roll out to the west. Finish up the Pulaski County Route 66 Driving Tour from Waynesville thru Laquey. Venture across the Hazel Green bridge and photograph the remnants of the original 1924 bridge. Roam the Route 66 themed Bowell Park and the Route 66 Museum in Lebanon. Stop off at Redmon’s in Phillipsburg. Makes stops at the Marshfield Mural and Hubbel Telescope. In Springfield a must-stop is the Route 66 Car Museum, then head on over to Gary’s Gay Parita Gas Station in Paris Springs. Carthage offers a number of 1940’s gas stations, Webb City’s Gigantic Praying Hands is a sight to behold, too. And on into Joplin, you will want to make a stop at the Route 66 Mural Park, Bonnie & Clyde apartment, and memorials in remembrance of the Joplin tornado of 2011.
Head back to Pulaski County for a great night’s sleep!
Day 7 – It’s time to head home! Full of good memories and fun times. Make sure you tell your friends #PulaskiCountyUSA!