“If you’re looking for hidden treasures, the Meramec Caverns in the Ozarks in Missouri are it – quite literally.” This is how USA Today 10Best described Meramec Caverns in Stanton. The historic caves were listed on the site’s “Road Trip: 10Best Spots Still Left on Route 66.”
Take a guided tour through the caverns that have been thrilling Americans for generations as a must-see stop along the Mother Road. Known as one of Jesse James’ hideouts, this seven-level natural wonder is a sight to behold.
While the cavern tour takes about 90 minutes, one could spend a day (or two) exploring other on-site attractions, including Meramec Caverns Restaurant, Caveman Zipline, and Cavern Canoe and Raft Rentals. Those looking to spend the night can book a room at the Meramec Caverns Motel or spread out under the stars at the campground.
There are also many other iconic sites along Route 66 in Missouri that are worthy of a stop, including (but not limited to): Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St. Louis, the Elbow Inn in Pulaski County, the Route 66 Museum in Lebanon, and the Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven in Springfield.