Originally known as Wyota, the western Missouri city of Lebanon represents Historic Route 66 with a collection of exhibits at the Route 66 Museum inside the Lebanon-Laclede County Library. Visit the library and become familiarized with the story of how locals convinced officials to route U.S. 66 through their town.
In Lebanon, Route 66 joins Interstate 44 for a stretch. At Exit 11, check out Redmon's Travel Center & World's Largest Gift Store. Featuring a huge selection of candy in the main building and gifts galore next-door, Redmon's works as a fun tourist stop.
If you're ready to get out and stretch your legs, nearby Bennett Spring State Park offers spacious scenery and then some. Explore over 12 miles of hiking trails, natural wonders Savanna Ridge and Natural Tunnel, or simply dip your toes in the Niangua River. The park is just a short drive from the Interstate on Missouri 64.