Top 8 Kansas Route 66 Attractions

Route 66 runs 2,238 miles between Chicago and Los Angeles and just 13 of those miles run through Kansas. But that doesn’t mean you should speed through this state. At every turn you’ll find something new and fun to see. Whether it’s a piece of original road, a classic diner, a weird roadside attraction, or an informative museum,Kansas Route 66 attractions abound on the Mother Road.

Are you ready to get your kicks onKansas Route 66? Let’s check out the top 8Kansas Route 66 Attractions to see on this stretch of your road trip.

Top 8 Kansas Route 66 Attractions

Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas on Route 66

Cars on the Route

119 N Main St, Galena, KS 66739

Welcome to Radiator Springs. I mean, Kansas. Galena, Kansas. A town on Route 66 that partially inspired the Pixar movie Cars and where you can meet the inspiration behind the character of Tow Mater himself at Cars on the Route (the former Kan-O-Tex Service Station).

Baxter Springs Independent Oil and Gas Service Station in Baxter Springs, Kansas Route 66 Visitor Center

Baxter Springs Independent Oil and Gas Service Station

940 Military Ave, Baxter Springs, KS 66713

The Baxter Springs Independent Oil and Gas Service Station in Baxter Springs, Kansas has been a Route 66 attraction since 1930. It not serves as a Kansas Route 66 visitor Center where you can learn about the past, plan your future travels, and maybe even meet a local celebrity.

Frecs the Miner in Galena, Kansas - Route 66 Muffler Man

Frecs the Miner

205 Front St, Galena, Kansas, 66739

Located just over the border on the original alignment of Kansas Route 66 you’ll find this modern version of a classic muffler man: Frecs the Miner in Galena, Kansas.

Sadly Frecs burned down in 2022. They are looking to rebuild.

Galena Mining and Historical Museum

319 W 7th St, Galena, KS 66739

The Galena Mining and Historical Museum is housed in the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas train depot and showcases tools, equipment, specimens, photographs, and other artifacts and items from the town’s history in lead and zinc mining.

Greetings from Galena mural in Galena, Kansas on Route 66

Greetings from Galena Mural

Route 66, Galena, KS 66739

The Greetings from Galena mural depicts some of the most popular Kansas Route 66 Attractions in the area. is made from over 400 15-inch ceramic tiles depicts a powder blue 1957 Chevrolet pulling onto Main Street alongside some of the famous stops in town.

Nelson's Old Riverton Store in Riverton, Kansas on Route 66

Nelson’s Old Riverton Store

7109 KS-66, Riverton, KS 66770

Nelson’s Old Riverton Store in Riverton, Kansas (AKA The Eisler Brothers Old Riverton Store) is a Route 66 institution that predates the Mother Road itself. The property, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1925. You can find the red-brick facade and a pressed-tin ceiling billed tightly with wares.

Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum

740 East Ave, Baxter Springs, KS 66713

The Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum is “dedicated to preserving and interpreting the rich regional history of Baxter Springs, Kansas.” Explore exhibits dedicated to various stages in the town’s history, including the days of the Osage Indians, the Civil War, and the zinc mining era.

Route 66 Rainbow Bridge in Baxter Springs, Kansas

Rainbow Bridge

SE Beasley Rd, Baxter Springs, KS 66713

The Rainbow Bridge is an old bridge that spans over Brush Creek just outside of Baxter Springs, Kansas on Route 66. Technically called a “single-span concrete Marsh arch bridge” it is more commonly referred to as the “rainbow bridge.”. The bridge is the only one of its style left on Route 66. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 10, 1983.

Pin these top 8 Kansas Route 66 attractions

Route 66 runs 2,238 miles between Chicago and Los Angeles and just 13 of those miles run through Kansas. At every turn you’ll find something new and fun to see. Whether it’s a piece of original road, a classic diner, a weird roadside attraction, or an informative museum, Kansas Route 66 attractions abound on the Mother Road. Are you ready to get your kicks on Kansas Route 66? Let’s check out the top 8 Kansas Route 66 Attractions to see on this stretch of your road trip. #Route66 #RoadTrip
Route 66 runs 2,238 miles between Chicago and Los Angeles and just 13 of those miles run through Kansas. At every turn you’ll find something new and fun to see. Whether it’s a piece of original road, a classic diner, a weird roadside attraction, or an informative museum, Kansas Route 66 attractions abound on the Mother Road. Are you ready to get your kicks on Kansas Route 66? Let’s check out the top 8 Kansas Route 66 Attractions to see on this stretch of your road trip. #Route66 #RoadTrip
Route 66 runs 2,238 miles between Chicago and Los Angeles and just 13 of those miles run through Kansas. At every turn you’ll find something new and fun to see. Whether it’s a piece of original road, a classic diner, a weird roadside attraction, or an informative museum, Kansas Route 66 attractions abound on the Mother Road. Are you ready to get your kicks on Kansas Route 66? Let’s check out the top 8 Kansas Route 66 Attractions to see on this stretch of your road trip. #Route66 #RoadTrip
Route 66 runs 2,238 miles between Chicago and Los Angeles and just 13 of those miles run through Kansas. At every turn you’ll find something new and fun to see. Whether it’s a piece of original road, a classic diner, a weird roadside attraction, or an informative museum, Kansas Route 66 attractions abound on the Mother Road. Are you ready to get your kicks on Kansas Route 66? Let’s check out the top 8 Kansas Route 66 Attractions to see on this stretch of your road trip. #Route66 #RoadTrip

VAL BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!