Route 66 heads just south of Interstate 44, then begins a long stretch by itself, often paralleling the interstate within hundreds – or even tens – of feet.
As its own road, Historic U.S. 66 heads into Pacific – an eastern Missouri city named after the Union Pacific Railroad, which parallels the road for much of the way through town. Keep your eyes peeled as you navigate past grain elevators and impressive sandstone bluffs, many of which form natural caves.
Within a mile, you'll spot the old Red Cedar Inn, built from logs in 1934. The Red Cedar served travelers until 1972. Today, it houses local businesses and offers a quick stop for travelers looking for some local goods.
Further down, Route 66 meets up with Missouri Highway 100 and I-44 at Gray Summit. Named for its founder, Daniel Gray, and the fact that it's the highest point along a major railroad between St. Louis and Kansas City, Gray Summit features a railroad tunnel running underneath town and the former Diamond's Restaurant.
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