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
, 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
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
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.