Best Stops Along Route 66

Best Stops Along Route 66

Travel down the iconic Route 66. Its history and many attractions make the route a popular road trip destination for families, friends and adventurers. Whether you are using the road during your travels to a specific location or following it for fun, you'll have many places to visit. 

Why Is Route 66 Popular?

Back in the 1930s, during the Dust Bowl, Route 66 became the primary route for people moving west. It was one of the most famous roads in the United States because it stretched halfway across the country. People could easily travel from Chicago, Illinois, through St. Louis, Missouri, to Los Angeles, California. 

While the U.S. 66 Highway Association marketed Route 66 during its prime, its popularity lasted until the 1950s, when the Interstate Highway System surpassed it. Still, Route 66 remains forever famous and preserved as “Historic Route 66.” 

Best Places to Stop Along Route 66

Here are some popular places in Missouri you could stop at while traveling along Route 66.

1. Gateway Arch

Stop by the famous Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. The iconic monument is known for its impressive construction. While you can see it from the outside, you can also step inside and go up to the top.

2. Meramec Caverns

Go underground for a bit while visiting the Meramec Caverns in Sullivan. You and your family can go on a guided walking tour to see some of the largest and rarest cave formations in the world. 

3. Route 66 Car Museum

Drop by the Route 66 Car Museum in Springfield if you continue traveling west. See cars from the start of the automotive period in the late 1800s to the early 1900s. You'll also see a variety of sports cars and classics, as well as vehicles owned by celebrities and historical figures.

4. Giant Rocking Chair

When you are exploring what is on Route 66, you don't want to miss the Giant Rocking Chair in Fanning, Missouri — south of Springfield. It used to be the largest rocking chair in the world, but then a bigger one was installed in Illinois. Now, the red chair in Missouri is known as the “World's Largest Rocking Chair on Route 66.”

Stop at St. Louis West / Historic Route 66 KOA Holiday

Stay at a comfortable campground to rest during your travels along Historic Route 66. St. Louis West / Historic Route 66 KOA Holiday is right off the highway, giving you easy access to continue your adventures. Plan your trip to see the remaining attractions along Route 66 by booking your campsite with us today!

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