Travel the historic Route 66 through Illinois and Missouri and see what this famous road has to offer. From iconic pit stops to historical war museums, this backroad tour has so much to offer!
Day 1 The Icons Along Route 66
At Wilmington, jump on Old Route 66 where you come face to face with the Gemini Giant, a reminder from the old Launching Pad Drive-In and see Dino the Sinclair Dinosaur. In Dwight, see historic Ambler/Becker Texaco Station, which dispensed fuel for 66 continuous years. Later, stop for lunch at the 1926 Old Log Cabin Restaurant in Pontiac. In Atlanta, a 19-foot tall Paul Bunyon greets you and in Lincoln see the iconic Railsplitter Covered Wagon. Check in to your St Louis hotel before venturing to “The Hill” for a welcome dinner at Favazza’s Italian Restaurant. (Lunch and dinner)
Day 2 Route 66 in "St. Louie"
Begin the day at the inspiring Gateway Arch overlooking the Mississippi River. Lunch is at the Chase Hotel, once popular lodgings on Route 66. At the Missouri History Museum, learn about St. Louis’ rich history before stopping at Crown Candy Kitchen for a Route 66 ice cream treat. Tonight, relax at the hotel or an optional dinner transfer to Ballpark Village, St. Louis’ exciting dining and entertainment venue. (Breakfast and lunch)
Day 3 Telephones, Autos and Skyline Dinner Cruise
Visit the Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum with its extensive collection of telephones and the Missouri Civil War Museum one of the most extensive Civil War Museums in the Midwest. Stop at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, a Route 66 favorite and also tour the St. Louis Museum of Transportation to see the Bobby Darin “Dream Car” and the rare Chrysler Turbine Car. Enjoy the views of the Gateway Arch while sailing along the Mississippi River on a Skyline Dinner Cruise. (Breakfast and dinner)
Day 4 More of Route 66 and Home
Back on Old Route 66 at Mt. Olive see Soulsby’s Service Station, the oldest station along the Mother Road and The Shrine of Our Lady of the Highways at Raymond, a marble statue watching over travelers since the 1950s. In Springfield, visit the Lincoln Home National Historic Site to see where Lincoln lived and worked. After lunch make a stop at the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, the final resting place of President Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary Todd and three of their four sons. Then, return home after your adventure along historic Route 66. (Breakfast and lunch)