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CUBA ROUTE 66 MURAL CITY 83.9 MILES • Rtes 19, 68, 8, KK, ZZ

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the sparkling waters are so clear you can actually watch fish be lured to your bait. Even if you don’t have your fishing gear, the park is a great drive-through, and there are plenty of scenic spots perfect for a picnic. Admission to the park is five dollars per vehicle If you’re in a hurry, you can continue on Route 8 back to Steelville and take Route 19 back into Cuba. If you’re still hungry for the open road, take Route 8 into St. James and link up with Route KK just south of Interstate 44. The ride from St. James to Cuba will take you through some of Missouri’s finest wine country. The scenic route features some nice tight turns and hills and is the perfect way to end this ride. Plan to stop for pictures in Rosati, the Little Italy of the Ozarks. Route KK leads into Route ZZ. Take a quick left turn, and drop in at Fanning 66 Outpost, home of the Route 66 Red Rocker. Then hop on Historic Route 66 (Route ZZ) east back into Cuba.

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DECLARE YOUR FREEDOM, and take to the open road on an unspoiled, natural trip through the southern central part of the state. On this eclectic ride, you’ll enjoy art, wine, barbecue, and history. You’ll start and end your ride in Cuba, Missouri, a popular stop on Route 66 most famous for the Wagon Wheel Motel. Head south on Route 19 to Steelville, nicknamed the Floating Capital of Missouri because of three nearby rivers. Several area businesses offer canoe, raft, and inner tube rentals. From Steelville, proceed south on Route 19. At Cherryville, the highway takes a southwest turn, past Sligo and the Indian Trail State Forest, and joins with Route 68 in Salem. Before you leave Salem, plan on getting a cup or cone of ice cream at Scoops Central on Main Street. Head north on Route 68 to Route 8. Turn right on Route 8 to go to Meramec Spring Park, one of four Missouri trout parks where

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The Wagon Wheel Motel and Cafe, Cuba

2016 Missouri Life Motorcycle Guide  
2016 Missouri Life Motorcycle Guide