5 tips to get more out of your visit to Cuba, Missouri “Route 66 Mural City”
1. Before you come. Check out Viva Cuba’s website and blog. Photos will give you a feel for the atmosphere of our town, and blog entries tell the story of Cuba, “Route 66 Mural City,” now and in the past. Visit the Cuba Chamber of Commerce website for more photos and listings of businesses, lodging, and upcoming events.
2. Whether you are driving Route 66 , I-44, or Hwy. 19, a stop of our well-appointed super-clean Visitor Center at the exit 208 overpass, will get you brochures, directions, and some friendly advice from the center’s staff. Have a cup of coffee or some water while you see some of the displays of what our town has to offer. Free WiFi is also available. Check out Viva Cuba’s t-shirt for 2011 while you are there. Art cards of the murals are also available.
3. Be aware of some of our area attractions. As hours and seasons change, it is good to check with the attractions as to specific hours, days open, etc. Below are only a few of the highlights.
*We have antique malls and resale shops if that is your thing.
*The Historic Landmark Wagon Wheel Motel is the oldest continuously operating motel on Route 66 if you want to get some photos of its distinctive Ozark stone cottages. The old cafe building houses Connie’s Shoppe.
*In addition to the 12 outdoor murals along the Route 66 corridor, you will find other public art inside and outside other area businesses.
*Probably one of our most popular stops is the Route 66 Red Rocking Chair on Route 66, four miles west of Cuba. At 42′, it’s a photo waiting to happen. The Fanning Outpost US General Store next door is now closed.
*And the Crawford County Historical Society Museum on Smith Street has some interesting displays of days gone by. It is also the site of our Veterans Memorial that honors area veterans since World War I.
*See the exterior of the restored Phillips 66 station on the corner of Route 66 and Hwy. 19. Currently (2016) The Fourway Restaurant is located inside. Check their Facebook page for details.
*In season, the Highway 19 Drive-in shows first run movies. There are few drive-ins left in the country.
*Cuba Lakes Golf course is a 9-hole course with two challenging lakes. A comfortable club house provides food and drink.
And don’t forget our murals….
4. Plan to eat at one of our area restaurants. We have some good ones, and the staff at the Visitor Center can tell you what’s open and the hours. There are restaurants along the interstate or in the historic Route 66 area.
5. Know the special events that might be taking place. The Visitor Center can provide you some information, but a few of the highlights are the following:
March 23, Route 66 Race to the Rocker See the website for details.
*July is the Crawford County Fair at Hood Park. Visit their Facebook page for details.
*September is the Lions Club vintage classic car and motorcycle show. It is growing every year. BBQ. Vendors, 100s of cars
October: The 3rd weekend in October, the community comes together for two days of family fun: free narrated trolley tours of the murals, cemetery tours, taste of Cuba, crafts, wine tasting, and many other activities. Check the Facebook page Route 66 Cuba Fest for updates and details.
Cuba, Missouri is a town of less that 3500, but you will see things here that you see no where else. Make the “Route 66 Mural City” a destination.
For more details about a happening Cuba read “20 Things to do in Cuba, Missouri Route 66 Mural City…or maybe more.”
If you want to see some video, visit our video on You Tube and see the Cuba, Missouri mural story.
This post to attractions is for informational purposes. Please research on your own as times, hours, seasons, details may change without notice.