Nicholas Som, National Trust for Historic Preservation Published 5:00 a.m. ET July 2, 2018
No trip down Route 66 through St. Louis is complete without a stop at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard.(Photo: Flickr/Philip Leara)
One of the original highways commissioned in 1926 by the federal government, Route 66 is often referred to as the “Mother Road.” That’s because the road served as a gateway to the West throughout the early- to-mid-20th century. Generations of adventure-seekers, vagabonds, and people in search of a better life have traveled the route, and it remains a favorite of road trippers today. Although the impending expiration of the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Plan in 2019 has placed it in danger, a bill to designate Route 66 a National Historic Trail is currently circulating through Congress, and the National Trust recently named it as one of 2018’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
Of course, one of the best parts of any great road trip is the food, and Route 66 certainly does not disappoint. The road is lined with old-time diners and quirky local mainstays with fare outmatched only by their character. It’s nearly impossible to pick just a few to highlight,