Highlights of Route 66 Missouri - In Photos

Route 66 Missouri  - Joplin mural_by_Laurence Norah-2
It's time for post seven in our photo essay series covering our Route 66 trip from California to Chicago, with Missouri being the seventh state on our adventure.

We followed as closely as we could the original route, and saw a lot along the way, from the high desert scenery of the west through to more rural scenery in the mid and eastern parts of the USA.

We've got some resources at the end to help you plan your own Route 66 adventure, but for now, lets focus on some of our favourite sights along Route 66 in Missouri.

Route 66 Missouri - 66 drive in theatre Brooklyn Heights_by_Laurence Norah

No Route 66 adventure would be complete without a drive-in movie theatre. We passed a few of these on our adventures, and stopped at one in Oklahoma for a double-bill. Definitely a must if you're driving the route!

Route 66 Missouri - Amanda murals_by_Laurence Norah-2

We also loved all the murals along the Route. This was in the town of Amanda, where there were all sorts of murals depicting scenes from the past.

Route 66 Missouri - Boots Court Motel Carthage_by_Laurence Norah

Boots Court in Carthage is a classic old Route 66 motel that has recently been lovingly restored to how it would have been during its heyday in 1949. We weren't able to stay the night here, but we were given a full tour. If you get the chance, we highly recommend you stay over.

Route 66 Missouri - bowling alley_by_Laurence Norah

Bowling was (and still is!) a popular way to spend an evening on Route 66, so stopping at one of the many bowling alleys along the way is a great option. And this one has the name and everything!

Route 66 Missouri - burger_by_Laurence Norah

I couldn't do a Route 66 post without a photo of some diner food.

Route 66 Missouri - Diner Carthage_by_Laurence Norah

And the inside of a diner. Love these old style locations! This is in Carthage.

Route 66 Missouri - Gardenway motel_by_Laurence Norah

Like every state, not all the businesses in Missouri have survived the coming o the interstates and the decline in Route 66 traffic, with plenty of abandoned buildings and properties to photograph. Here, this motel seems to be not much more than a sign.

Route 66 Missouri - Giant man statue_by_Laurence Norah

Route 66 is all about quirky road side attractions, like this giant statue of a pirate.

Route 66 Missouri - Giant rocking chair_by_Laurence Norah

And this giant rocking chair!

One of Missouri's most famous attractions are the Meramec Caverns, a huge cave complex near Stanton. The caverns were advertised all across middle America, primarily on barns, and they have now become a classic part of the Route 66 legend. A few still survive on the route, so keep an eye out.

Route 66 Missouri - Meramec Caverns_by_Laurence Norah

And of course, once you've seen the barns, you'll want to check out the caverns themselves!

Route 66 Missouri - motel_by_Laurence Norah

Of course, no Route 66 photo essay would be complete without some motel signs.

Route 66 Missouri - Munger Moss Motel sign_by_Laurence Norah-2

We stayed in this one, so managed to get some photos of that Route 66 neon!

Route 66 Missouri - Red Oak II Ghost Town_by_Laurence Norah-5

This vintage car is part of the Red Oak II ghost town. It's not strictly a ghost town, rather, all the buildings have been brought here from around the country, to be restored and looked after. It's a really cool place to visit, and we loved wandering around. The next two pictures are from Red Oak II.

Route 66 Missouri - Red Oak II Ghost Town_by_Laurence Norah-6

Route 66 Missouri - Red Oak II Ghost Town_by_Laurence Norah-10

Route 66 Missouri - St Louis Gateway Arch_by_Laurence Norah-3

The city of St Louis is particularly known for it's Gateway Arch, signifying how this was the gateway to America's West. The arch is 192 metres high, making it the world's tallest arch, as well as the largest man-made monument in the western hemisphere.

Route 66 Missouri - Stonehenge replica Rolla_by_Laurence Norah

Speaking of man made monuments, we also came across this scale replica of Stonehenge in the town of Rolla.

Route 66 Missouri - Ted Drewes Frozen custard_by_Laurence Norah

Every state on Route 66 seems to have a must-try food stuff. In Missouri, that's frozen custard. Which of course we tried, and it was delicious.

Route 66 Missouri - Woodys Diner_by_Laurence Norah

There are also numerous dining options offering huge plates of great value food.

Route 66 Missouri old gas station_by_Laurence Norah-2

Finally, our photo essay of the highlights of Route 66 in Missouri concludes with this wonderful old gas station.

As you can see, Missouri has no shortage of photogenic locations along Route 66, and we loved driving through the state and exploring all of them. Hopefully, this series has inspired you to want to do your own Route 66 adventure - if so, read on for our:

Tips for Planning your own Route 66 Adventure

If you’re planning your own historic Route 66 adventure, we’ve got a bit of reading for you!
Enjoy your Route 66 trip, and let us know which has been your favourite state so far in the comments below!

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