Our final destination on our mini Route 66 tour was Springfield, Missouri.
Along the way, we stopped at Cuba, Missouri to see their outdoor Mural Gallery.
We also stopped the Fanning 66 Outpost and General Store to see the world's largest rocking chair and purchase a few Route 66 souvenirs.
No the dog didn't join us, but she the girls were in love with her.
Once we finally reached Springfield, the girls were excited about visiting the Fantastic Caverns..."America's only drive-thru cave".
I have to admit this cave tour was pretty darn interesting.
Josie has now decided that she wants to be a "bat" for Halloween after enjoying this cave tour.
Our motel that evening was this infamous Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven. Elvis was even rumored to have stayed here.
It was definitely charming (including the $75 room rate which included a separate bedroom with bunk beds for the girls) and a Route 66 themed lobby/breakfast area.
For dinner, we enjoyed the downtown Springfield Brewing Company. YUM!
The next morning, we ventured to the Granddaddy of all outdoor stores...Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World!
As you can imagine, Chris was in fishing heaven.
The girls picked out our next boat (just kidding).
For lunch we dined at Hemingway's Blue Water Cafe complete with a 30,000 gallon tank.
As I said on my earlier post, our room wasn't fancy but the decor, hotel 50s diner and $65 room price was perfect.
In an ideal world, we wouldn't have jammed in 1,500 miles in 4 days. We would have spent multiple days in St. Louis and Springfield MO. In 2013, we're actually toying with the idea of skipping a year at our Lake MI cottage rental and extending our Route 66 vacation tour out west. We'll need to save up a vacation fund first. We definitely enjoyed this road trip.
For more ideas on where to travel along Route 66, be sure to visit this Legends of America website.
I would also highly recommend stopping at the Welcome Centers along your drive. Each Center was more than happy to share all kinds of free maps, brochures and advice about where to visit. Happy trails!