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Missouri

Route 66 - between St. Louis and Springfield

Between St. Louis and Springfield, the I-44 freeway has been built right on top of the old Route 66 corridor, and dozens of ruins of old motels, motor courts, gas stations, and other highwaydependent businesses line the remains of the old road, which serves as a frontage road for most of the way.

Travelers will find plenty of antique shops and cafes to make the journey interesting. Travelers looking to experience the nostalgia of old Route 66 can stop by the 1930s Wagon Wheel Motel, which still stands in Cuba.
They can also drive the Old Route 66 in St. James, a five-block stretch of the first divided Route 66 pavement in America.
While in St. James, travelers can visit some of Missouri’s fine wineries including:
Ferrigno Vineyards & Winery
Meramec Vineyards
Rosati Winery and the
St. James Winery.

Rolla, on of the biggest towns along Missouri’s middle stretch of Route 66 boasts essential stops for Route 66 fans including Memoryville USA — an auto museum that includes a gift shop offering antiques and collectibles, and an automobile restoration shop where visitors can view restorations in progress.
At the University of Missouri-Rolla, travelers can view the half-scale replica of Stonehenge created using waterjet technology.
While at the University they should also be sure to visit the limestone Experimental Mines founded in 1921. Tours of the mine exhibit are given daily. Before departing Rolla, travelers can stop at the Route 66 Motors & gift shop, a vintage auto in a converted Route 66 filing station and restaurant.

Along I-44 east of Rolla, the old Route 66 roadside is lined by ramshackle wooden stands, which, at the end of summer, sell Concord grapes from local vineyards.

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