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

Big Boy statue at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

Big Boy Statue at the City Museum in St. Louis

Photo of a rogue Big Boy statue, the iconic restaurant advertising mascot at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. He wears red checkered overalls, a white t-shirt with the restaurant’s name on it, and has slicked black hair. He holds holds a Big Boy sandwich (double-decker cheeseburger) above his head.     Site: The City Museum Location: 750 N 16th...

Midwest Spatula Museum in the City Museum's Museum of Mirth, Mystery and Mayhem in St. Louis, Missouri.

Midwest Spatula Museum at the City Museum

So I can’t even tell you how excited I was to see the Midwest Spatula Museum. First, I absolutely love me some crazy museums. Second, I absolutely love when said crazy museums are really just a wall of randomness. Third, I had just watched UHF the night before and so Spatula City was still running through my mind… The Midwest Spatula Museum is in the...

World's Largest Underwear at City Museum's Museum of Mirth, Mystery and Mayhem in St. Louis, Missouri.

World’s Largest Underwear at the City Museum in St. Louis

In the City Museum‘s Museum of Mirth, Mystery and Mayhem you can take a gander at the world’s largest underwear! Those are some mighty big briefs! The world’s largest pair of underwear measure in at seven feet wide and six feet tall. In July 2011 the giant underwear went missing from Beatnik Bob’s. They were only gone for s short time though...

Alien at the City Museum's Museum of Mirth, Mystery and Mayhem in St. Louis, Missouri.

Museum of Mirth, Mystery, and Mayhem and Beatnik Bob’s

Step right in to Beatnik Bob’s and the Museum of Mirth, Mystery, and Mayhem at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri! Play vintage pinball games! Witness Corn Dogs Through the Ages! See an alien! View an atomic fish!   Giant Chair Pin Ball Machines Alien Atomic Fish Atomic Fish Corndog Research Institute Midwest Spatula Museum Matt Healy’s straight...

Enchanted Caves at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

City Museum Enchanted Caves

Running through the center of the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, is a series of elaborate caves and shoe shafts that wind up the 10-stories inside of the building, from the very top to the very bottom. And at most every turn there is another creature coming out of the foundation . The spirals are built within the original structure of the shoe factory. Shoes...

Human Hamster Wheel at The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

Human Hamster Wheel at the City Museum

I don’t know if I’d call the City Museum a “learning” museum…but I did learn one important fact: being a hamster is hard work! Check out the giant human hamster wheel at the St. Louis, Missouri City Museum! You too can join the rat race and walk or jog (or, inevitably, fall) in this life-size apparatus. Pretend to be a rodent and try...

The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

Confession: I am afraid of heights. Actually, I am afraid of falling from heights. I did OK at the top of the Eiffel Tower, for instance. Because I was caged in just so that I was fine. But I am not going anywhere near the glass floored projection on top of the Sears Tower anytime soon. So, let me tell you, I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into...

Buffalo at the Museum of Westward Expansion in the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

Museum of Westward Expansion

Tucked inside the Gateway Arch is a small museum dedicated to the days of Lewis and Clark: The Museum of Westward Expansion. The Museum of Westward Expansion explores the nineteenth century expansion from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean with artifacts, photos, animatronic figures (which, sadly, were not animated while I was there), and more.   UPDATE:...

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

I had only ever driven past St. Louis’s Gateway Arch twice before: on my way into and out of Missouri last summer on a road trip around the state. At 630 feet tall and 630 feet wide, the Arch is the tallest national monument in the United States, making it an easy icon to spot from the car window while driving by. The Arch was designed in 1947 by Finnish...

A&W Burger Family, a roadside attraction in Rolla, Missouri

A&W Burger Family in Rolla, Missouri

The A&W Burger Family is a fiberglass family of hamburger and root beer loving characters. The members of the burger family were introduced in 1963 to correspond with the menu of Canadian A&W fast food restaurants. Burgers came is four familial sizes — Papa Burger, Mama Burger, Baby Burger, and Teen Burger — and, therefore, so did their mascots. Fiberglass...