Travel USA on Route 66 through Missouri

Travel through the US state of Missouri in the heart of the US and be mesmerized by the fantastic floodplain and water landscape around the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. The Gateway to the West, a gigantic steel arch on the Mississippi bank in St. Louis, symbolizes Missouri's importance as a gateway to the West. This is one of the boldest and most risky engineering constructions of the 20th century. Behind it are the Forest Idyll and meadows of the Ozark Mountains.

Here most of the settlers came with their wagons, which opened to the west. West of the Mississippi, the vast fertile farmlands of the federal state have been used for centuries as a bread basket of the USA. The state of Missouri was named after the River Missouri. The capital is Jefferson City, which also houses the Capitol. The nickname of Missouri is The Show Me State.

To the north of Missouri lies Iowa. Illinois lies in the east, separated by the Mississippi. Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee are located in the south and on the west border are Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Missouri is very hilly, and the south of the country lies on the Ozark Plateau. The Ozark Mountains begin in the south. To the north, there are Kansas and Nebraska.



Traveling through the Midwest: Discover Missouri and its History

In Missouri, you can experience two of the most powerful streams in the US, the Missouri, and the Mississippi. The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial dominates on the banks of the Mississippi. President Franklin Roosevelt declared the river bank a place of historical value. It was here that the exploration of the West began when in May 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set off with about 30 men into unknown territory.

With boats, they went up the Missouri across the Rockies and down the Columbia to the coast of the Pacific. They collected plants, observed animals, mapped river streams and mountain ranges. And they exchanged with the Indian tribes whom they met. They gave them gifts from Thomas Jefferson, the President. Jefferson had bought it in 1803 for 15 million dollars from Napoleon, who was in desperate need of money for his wars in Europe. The Louisiana Purchase proved to be a big purchase.

St. Louis is probably one of the liveliest cities in the Midwest. While St. Louis Union Station, the former central station, is now a shopping center, Laclede's Landing is home to numerous bars and restaurants. Missouri is also the cradle of blues.

In addition to St. Louis, Kansas City was one of the places where famous jazz musicians such as the trumpet player Louis Armstrong celebrated their greatest successes. To date, you can enjoy the famous Missouri sound in live bars like the Jazz At the Bistro or the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis. The legendary Kansas City jazz of the 1930s, made famous by Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, and Big Joe Turner, is particularly popular in the Westport area of Kansas City.

Holiday in Missouri: Traveling through endless expanses and on mighty rivers

From St. Louis, you can visit the Mississippi on a typical paddlewheel steamer and admire the lush pasture landscapes north of the city on the border with Illinois. There are two protected wildlife parks like Two Rivers and Pere Marquette on the confluence of the Mississippi and the Illinois River. These are rich fishing grounds as well as the famous pelican breeding grounds.

For hiking, picnics, and camping, the dense forests are around Fort Leonard and the Mark Twain National Forest in the south of Missouri. If you like the water sports, the rugged landscapes of the Stockton Lakes near the town of the same name and the neighboring Pomme de Terre Lake are recommended.

The starting point in search of wealth and happiness

Following the trail of the two adventurers, the Lewis and Clark Trail is a touristic tourist trail that runs a few miles along Route 66 past St. Louis, as well as several other trails. The city of St. Louis had become the starting point of all those who sought wealth, happiness, or a free life in the West. It was not only a hub for hundreds of thousands of settlers but also a transshipment point for the trade between wilderness and civilization.

In the middle of the forest a motel in the style of Art Deco

Nowhere else along Route 66 do you find more relaxed places than in Missouri. The landscape is so bucolic that on the pastures to the left and right of the road, one is less likely to meet a cowboy on his horse than with a shepherd who plays a song in the shade of a tree.

And you do not have to look long to find a proof of the romantic shepherd's hour. He hangs in the Museum of the Route 66 State Park, not far from St. Louis. On the surface, she documents a destruction and in fact, she tells of love. Opened in 1941 in the midst of a small oak forest, the motel has assembled the finest elements of the art deco architecture. 50 years later it had to give way to a new settlement.

The motel as a place of crime and passion

By the end of the 1930s Edgar Hoover, the head of the FBI, had described motels as robbery caves in an article in the American Magazine. Prostitutes and criminals were making a rendezvous there. Writers latched on to the moment and the motel became the place of crime and passion. The influence on the cinema is still recognizable today. Mountaintop Motel Massacre or The Voyeur's Motel is only a few titles of thrillers. A particularly creepy is even called Motel.

The lobby looks like a museum of Route 66

Coral Court Motel also knew of a cruel story of kidnapping and murder. And although more than 60 years have passed since then, the happenings in the minds of many Americans are still haunting, because it was hitherto about the highest ransom claim in criminal history. The perpetrators were caught and sentenced to death. Half of the money, however, had disappeared. To this day, the case has not been completed. But there is no word in the museum.

Munger Moss is the second most famous motel in Missouri. Bob and Ramona Lehman have been running it for 45 years. Next, to the house stands a huge neon advertisement far beyond the roof. At night, she plays the entire color palette of the noble gases.

The lobby is crowded with souvenirs and looks like a Route 66 museum with all the things that fall into one's hands in the course of a half-life. And each room is dedicated to a different theme. There are more famous houses on Route 66 for sale. It is usually the case that owners of family businesses did not pass the company on to the next generation in time. Sometimes the children or grandchildren feel little desire to use others.

The fast pace is the enemy of Route 66. Along the route 66, there are romantic places for the holiday but many cannot imagine living there permanently.

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