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Explore Missouri roadside attractions and other tourist traps, restaurants, stops, and detours to add to your Missouri road trip itinerary.

Cookin' from Scratch Chicken Car in Doolittle, Missouri

Cookin’ from Scratch Chicken Car in Doolittle, Missouri

Cookin’ From Scratch is a country restaurant in Doolittle, Missouri with mouthwatering menu featuring burgers, chicken fried steak, creamy fettuccine alfredo, and more favorites. The restaurant even boasts a 66oz. King of the Road Burger Challenge (a 66 oz. Burger and bun topped with 9 pieces of American cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato and onion with 1.5 pounds of...

Route 66 Murals in Cuba, Missouri

Route 66 Murals in Cuba, Missouri

Cuba, Missouri is known as the town “where art meets history” and you can see the spirit of that moniker on nearly every street corner. The Route 66 murals in Cuba depict historic scenes with both local and national themes. Created between 2001 and 2007, the public art in this “Route 66 Mural City” memorializes celebrity visits from Harry S...

Hubble Telescope Replica in Marshfield, Missouri

Hubble Telescope Replica in Marshfield, Missouri

The Hubble Space Telescope is one of the largest space telescopes ever launched by NASA. It’s remained in operation since 1990 and is maintained in space by astronauts. The Hubble Telescope Replica in Marshfield, Missouri isn’t quite as big, at 1/4 the size of the real thing, but it is much more accessible attraction for more of mankind. Edwin Powell...

World’s Largest Coal Shovel in Rich Hill, Missouri

World’s Largest Coal Shovel in Rich Hill, Missouri

When I first heard about the World’s Largest Coal Shovel in Rich Hill, Missouri I had in my head a giant snow shovel. You know what I mean, a long metal shaft darting high in to the sky attached to a bright red plastic blade big enough for kids to sled down. Instead, I got this: That is far from the vision I had in my head on my Missouri road trip years ago, not at...

Giant Praying Hands in Webb City, Missouri

Giant Praying Hands in Webb City, Missouri

Let’s give a hand to this Missouri roadside attraction: the giant praying hands in Webb City (the city of flags). These large hands in prayer stand at 32 feet tall (on top of a 40-foot-tall man-made hill) and weigh a whopping 110 tons! (It’s important to note that while these prayer hands are impressively tall, they aren’t the world’s largest...

Big Shoe Made of Shoes in Clayton, Missouri

Big Shoe Made of Shoes in Clayton, Missouri

Throw on your flats, lace up your sneakers, or secure your boots and head on over to Clayton, Missouri on your next road trip. This roadside attraction will have you kicking up your heels: a ten-foot tall woman’s high heel located outside of the Brown Shoe Company executive offices. What’s so special about this slipper? Look close! This is a big shoe made...

Crapduster airplane in Carthage, Missouri

Crapduster Airplane in Carthage, Missouri

Today’s roadside attraction isn’t a piece of … oh you know. The crapduster airplane in Carthage, Missouri is an airplane-shaped tourist attraction created in 1997 by artist Lowell Davis. The diminutive plane is made out of an antique manure spreader and biplane wings and has a crash test dummy for a pilot. The flying machine flies, propeller...

The Home of Sliced Bread in Chillicothe, Missouri.

The Home of Sliced Bread: Chillicothe, Missouri

Today’s roadside attraction is the greatest thing since sliced bread! Actually…it is sliced bread! Chillicothe, Missouri is the “Home of Sliced Bread.” It’s the town where the one intention every other invention has to live up to was first sold. The Rohwedder Bread Slicer was first put into use there by the Chillicothe Baking Company in...

Giant Solo Paper Cup in Springfield, Missouri

Giant Solo Paper Cup in Springfield, Missouri

I remember, as a child, having a plastic solo cup dispenser in our bathroom. You’d pull from it, one at a time, teeny tiny paper cups. Those teeny tiny paper cups held just enough water for a quick swig before bed or a rinse after brushing your teeth. They didn’t need to be any bigger. Didn’t need to be. Of course, you know our motto around here:...