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

Beetle Bailey Statue in Columbia, Missouri

Beetle Bailey Statue in Columbia, Missouri

Celebrate comic strip artist and writer Mort Walker by visiting the Beetle Bailey Statue in Columbia, Missouri. Mort Walker (Addison Morton Walker, 1923 – 2018) was a well-known comic strip artist and one of his best-known creations was Beetle Bailey, a comic centered around a goof-off Private on a fictional United States Army post. Walker was an alumnus of...

Katy Depot - Sedalia, Missouri's Welcome Center and Museum

Katy Depot – Sedalia, Missouri’s Welcome Center & Museum

Built in 1896, the Katy Depot in Sedalia, Missouri was once a fully-functioning railroad station. Today, it serves as Sedalia’s official welcome center. The site offers historical exhibits that take you on a journey to the landmark and town’s past and is home to the Sedalia Heritage Foundation, Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Chamber of Commerce. It...

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge on Route 66

This Route 66 attraction was once an essential part of the journey, taking travelers from Illinois, across the Mississippi river, and into Missouri (or vice versa). While you can no longer drive the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, it’s still worth a trip to walk across and admire. The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge spans just over a mile across the Mississippi River...

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

Mega Mayor Muffler Man in Uranus, Missouri

What do you do when you already own one of the weirdest stops on Route 66? Make it more weird! And what better way to do that than by adding a muffler man. Better yet, a custom made muffler man modeled after yourself. Find the Mega Mayor Muffler Man in Uranus, Missouri. The Mega Mayor Muffler Man was erected in Uranus, Missouri – a kitschy strip mall of a town...

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven hotel in Springfield, Missouri

The weary traveler of Route 66 deserves a good night’s sleep. After a day behind the wheel, stopping at all of the Mother Road’s iconic roadside attractions, museums, restaurants, and more, a good shower and a comfy bed is always a welcome sight. Take that and add modern amenities, vintage charm, and a touch of Elvis, and you have this iconic Route 66 hotel. Welcome...

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

Gary’s Gay Parita on Missouri Route 66

Bonjour and welcome to Gary’s Gay Parita on Route 66 in Paris Springs, Missouri. This Missouri tourist attraction is a replica of a 1930s Sinclair service station complete with original pumps and Route 66 memorabilia.  The site was restored by Gary Turner, a Route 66 ambassador who loved telling history and giving tips to travelers who stopped in. He died...

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage, Missouri

Take a precious moment out of your Missouri road trip to check out this unique attraction: the Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage, Missouri. Illustrator Samuel J. Butcher formed the figurine empire Precious Moments Company, Inc. in 1978. The designs feature cute chubby bulb-headed children, often depicted as cherubs and many with a religious spin. The artist opened...

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

Missouri Route 66 Welcome Center in Conway, Missouri

Travel old Route 66 without leaving Missouri…and get some snacks and a bathroom break while you’re there. The Missouri Route 66 Welcome Center in Conway has a definitive theme alongside their amenities. When you exit your car you’ll first be greeted with a light up sign modeled after the Munger Moss Motel sign in Lebanon, Missouri. Stretch your legs by taking a...