2022 Motor Tour, September 23-25, 2022
Each September the Route 66 Association of Missouri hosts a motor tour along Missouri’s 340+ miles of Historic Route 66. This is a great opportunity to make friends and experience locations up and down America’s Mother Road.
Tour participants will be traveling between St. Louis and Lebanon, spending a good portion of the day in Pulaski County, Saturday, September 24th. Although this year is a “free roam” tour, planned stops include Devils Elbow; the Elbow Inn, and a photo opportunity at the Bridge, lunch in Waynesville, and a hoppin’ good time at the Hogs & Frogs Festival.
Museums, Boutiques and More
While in Waynesville tour the downtown area. Stop by the Old Stagecoach Stop Museum and learn more about the rich history of this building and the local area. Connect with the Historic Downtown Historic Walking Tour available in print and an interactive online map.
Roam through unique shops and boutiques featuring art, Missouri-made items, Route 66 souvenirs, and jewelry. Area shops include; Route 66 Community Art Gallery, Eclectic Originals, Just Because, Endlessly Blessed Boutique, Westside Salon & Boutique, Drachenfutter’s on Route 66. Lost In the Woods Antiques. The Pulaski County Farmers Market will be open until noon – for a variety of coffees, woodwork, and locally grown veggies, fruits ,and breads. Stop by the National Park Service Trail of Tears Cherokee Encampment, and the peaceful Roubidoux Spring. Participants will look forward to an array of delicious lunch choices.
- Drachenfutters – Extensive menu featuring sandwiches, salads, fresh-made pastries, and their delectable coffees! Outdoor dining available.
- Hopper’s Pub – 66 beers on tap, juicy burgers, sandwiches and salads.
- Paradise Deli – Hearty German fare, Urusla is known worldwide for her amazing Jager Schnitzel
- Piney River Taproom Brewery – Stop by and try a flight of cool refreshing craft beers. Freshly baked pizza with a variety of topping choices! And yes, the sauerkraut is amazing on pizza! Indoor and sidewalk seating available.
- Purn’s Thai Kitchen – Thai Fried Rice to Peppersteak, you will enjoy every bite.
- Sam’s Sweet Treats – Known for her honey ice cream, Sam serves up lunch specials too.
- Westside Cafe – Home-cooked meals, with breakfast served until 3. (Biscuits and gravy are amazing!)
Pulaski County’s 33 Miles of Fun!
While traveling Pulaski County’s 33 miles of the Route, travelers enjoy using our Route 66 tools which include an audio download, an interactive map, and printed brochure. These turn-by-turn directions and historic anecdotes enhance the experience. Key stops include Uranus Missouri, an entertainment complex featuring a sideshow museum, miniature golf, general store, and their famous fudge. George M Reed Roadside Park, is an original roadside park along Historic Route 66, in St. Robert, and the future home to the City of St. Robert Route 66 Neon Park. The City is in the process of restoring vintage neon signs which will be erected in an open-air museum-like atmosphere, so watch for more information coming soon!
A few off-the-beaten path Route 66 themed stops include the home-cooked meals of Route 66 Diner and the next-level tacos at Route 66 Taco & Wings Company. It is also worth a few minutes to drop by the patriotic tributes; USO Chimney and Freedom Rock, rounding out your exploration of the City of St. Robert’s segment of America’s Mother Road. As you head into Waynesville stop by for a roadside photo opportunity of Waynesville’s famous W.H Croker aka Frog Rock.
With so much to do and see, plan to return again soon! Future events include the Frog Hill Half Marathon and Tadpole 5k, the Route 66 Challenge – a motor tour trivia and mission game. Or make room on your 2023 calendar to make Pulaski County your home for the week, enjoy more of Route 66, learn about military history, and experience a scenic river adventure!