Is there a more iconic American highway than Route 66? Known as the Mother Road, the Will Rogers Highway, and the Main Street of America, U.S. Route 66 was part of the original United States highway system established in 1926.
Quite a bit of the original highway is still in use here in Missouri.
In the St. Louis area, two different roads that were part of Route 66 during different eras are home to numerous attractions that tell the story of America's past. These are our real estate agents' favorite roadside attractions on Route 66.
- Crown Candy Kitchen - 1401 St. Louis Ave., St. Louis, MO 63106
The oldest soda fountain in St. Louis, Crown Candy Kitchen offers an experience that truly feels like stepping back in time. Crown Candy Kitchen is located just minutes from many St. Louis homes for sale, on a street that was part of Route 66 from 1926 to 1928. But the shop dates all the way back to 1913, and they've been serving great malts, shakes, BLTs and roast beef cheddar melts ever since.
- Missouri History Museum - 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112
You'll learn about every era of Missouri's past at the Missouri History Museum. That certainly includes the Route 66 period, but the museum—itself a St. Louis monument dating back to 1866—also offers exhibits on everything from the Lewis and Clark era to the Jazz Age. Photos and collections from the Missouri Historical Society are also housed here.
- Donut Drive In - 6525 Chippewa St., St. Louis, MO 63109
Coffee and donuts from the iconic Donut Drive In have fueled many weary travelers on their way out west. This St. Louis staple has been serving classic baked goods for more than 70 years now, and they don't show any signs of slowing down.
- Crestwood Bowl - 9822 Watson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63126
You'll see the historic sign for Crestwood Bowl blinking from a mile away, inviting you to take a break from the road and bowl a few rounds. That sign was originally erected in 1957 and later restored in 2012 thanks to a grant from the National Park Service. The interior of the bowling alley, including its sports bar and lunch counter, doesn't appear to have changed much either.
- Route 66 State Park - 1628, 97 N Outer Rd., Eureka, MO 63025
With a visitor center inside a former roadhouse built in 1935 on the original Route 66, Route 66 State Park offers more than its fair share of history. You'll find a lot of classic artifacts and memorabilia on display here, and the outdoor portion of the park is a great place to stretch your legs on some picturesque nature trails. The park is just minutes from many Eureka homes for sale.
- Jesse James Wax Museum - I-44, Stanton, MO 63079
The Jesse James Wax Museum is the kind of kitschy roadside attraction that could only exist along Route 66. You'll just have to visit in person to see the wax figures and learn the "true" story of how Jesse James faked his death and spent his last years living in a cabin at the site of the present-day museum. A short drive from these Stanton homes for sale, the site also includes Meramec Caverns.
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