The Mother of All Road Trips: Route 66
Missouri hideouts and hangouts
Meramec Caverns, Stanton, Missouri: Meramec was a longtime must-see on All-American road trips, and pop culture still lurks everywhere on the cave tour. Jesse James hid out along the underground river. A side room hosted honeymooners for 10 days in a 1950s' TV stunt, and an episode of Lassie--the one where Lassie rescues Timmy--was filmed inside.
Missouri Hick BBQ, Cuba, Missouri: The name's enough to make you pull over, but the smoked meats and eye-catching building (featuring a water mill and boards cut at the lumber mill next door) justify the stop.