The Mother of All Road Trips: Route 66
The original Tow-Mater
Route 66 Museum, Lebanon, Missouri: Exhibits in the town library feature re-created scenes from a diner and one of the road's most infamous no-tell motels: St. Louis' Coral Court.
Bell Restaurant, Lebanon: Five bucks here buys more country-style breakfast than you can eat. The waitresses may smoke at the counter, but they'll never let your coffee get cold.
State Line: Borders don't get much simpler: A white stripe painted across the asphalt outside a bar marks the passage from Missouri to Kansas.
4 Women on the Route, Galena, Kansas: Several gal pals recently restored an old gas station, adding a gift shop and small cafe. The real star is a rusty truck (left) that inspired Pixar animators as they drove Route 66 researching the movie Cars several years ago. Melba Rigg ("Like the toast," she says) can't wait to snap your photo with the original Tow-Mater. Even if you don't have kids along, this stop's a delight.