Next up is the eastern Missouri town of Bourbon, taking its namesake from the copper-colored beverage. As you cruise along Route 66, don't miss the Historic Bourbon Water Tower near Pine Street.
Now, given the town's namesake, you might be thinking about grabbing an "old fashioned" yourself. But, since you shouldn't drink bourbon and drive, how about a malt instead? The Circle Inn Malt Shop has been serving Route 66 travelers since 1955. Burgers, malts, and the works can all be had in this original stand. Even better, the water tower is visible from the malt shop.
Want proof this path is the original Route 66? On your way to Cuba and within yards of Interstate 44, you'll cross over a small creek on this historic bridge, whose structure hasn’t changed in nearly 100 years.