10 Amazing Gems Along Route 66 You Will Regret Missing

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Meramec Caverns

A lot of the stops on the motorway are all at ground level, be it that you have to climb up the mountain or not. Yet, there is something special in Stanton, Missouri that will definitely enchant you and make sure you will stop at their attraction.

The city is home to the Maramec Caverns, a beautiful natural underground cave, which stretches on multiple levels. The natural wonder has been opened to tourists since 1933 and the myth goes that it has been a hideout for Jesse James and his crew back in the day.

You can get a full experience by walking through the cave, but you have to be well prepared:  the full tour takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes, on a well-lit path that stretches for about 1.25 miles. It is not that much to walk, but due to the nature of the caves, you have to make sure you bring a hoodie or warm jacket with you so you don’t get cold, especially if you are visiting during summer.

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  1. Rolfe Jaremus

    Silvana has written an interesting article however the list of site ms to see is in a jumbled order. It would be more useful to a traveler to list these sites in trip order especially since you actually “start” in Grant Park. Thanks

  2. As I kept going from place on Route 66, I was certain Chloride, Arizona would surely be noted. It’s okey though because last I heard and saw, Chloride residents were perfectly satisfied with their quiet surroundings. My Grandma married William Epperson, a cowboy and well respected Deputy Sheriff in Cloride. I spent several summers there and even attended class in the school house. My Aunt served breakfast at the local bar before the work day began. Every day a donkey came through the swinging doors, up to the counter for his morning ritual, a stack of pancakes.

    So here I am, in my glory, reminiscing and thanking my wonderful Parents who wanted me to see the other side of glamour and glitz of the big cities in California where I was born 84 years ago.

    1. Hi Marilyn. Exactly my thoughts. I have been to Oatman many, many times as it is not too far from where I live, and I always find something fun, and historical about it. It’s a great place to visit, and there is quite a lot of history behind it. I still go there from time to time, and I never tire of it. It should have definitely been one of the stops on this list.

  3. If you want to live to make the rest of the trip, skip the ‘original rt 66’ sign in Chicago. Besides, it’s not an original sign anyhow, it’s a sign from AFTER 66 became ‘history’.

  4. Yes I drove that road when it was the main road. Stationed at the Marine base at Barstow Ca. Drove it every day and went to San Bernardino Ca to all the way to Texas on my way home prior to going over seas. Also drove it to get to the cut off to Big Bear in the mountains. Maybe put 2509 to 3000 miles on that road in the mid 1957 to mid 1958 .

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