Favorite stops along I-70, St. Louis to Limon, please!
November 10, 2019 11:40 AM   Subscribe

Asking for a friend: What are your favorite places to stop/eat/shop/browse/stretch your legs along I-70 from St. Louis, Missouri to Limon, Colorado? Long road trip ahead, looking for places to take brief pauses along the way. Thank you!

If it helps, driver is very excited about driving through Indiana and eating at Taste of India--by way of saying that awesome restaurant gems hidden in truck stops are totally welcome.
posted by MonkeyToes to Travel & Transportation (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
If your friend has never done it, the Arch really is pretty cool. The museum underneath has recently been completely re-done and is much more clear-eyed (than before) about Manifest Destiny, slavery, and all the other problematic aspects of westward expansion.

Where is the initial send-off point?
posted by notsnot at 11:54 AM on November 10, 2019

The Konza Prairie overlook is just a couple miles north off I-70 at exit 313 in Kansas. It will he gorgeous regardless of season and is part of the last stand of tallgrass prairie left in the U.S. Bonus: the bison herd may be near enough to see
posted by donnagirl at 12:14 PM on November 10, 2019 [4 favorites]

I've had a couple of very surprising and satisfying meals at Gella's Diner in Hays, KS. A bona fide restaurant gem!
posted by Glomar response at 2:15 PM on November 10, 2019

Wilson is just off 70 in the central part of Kansas. It was settled by Czech immigrants and they may be able to find some Czech food there. There is a giant Czech egg in town.

About 20 minutes north is the town of Lucas, home of S.P. Dinsmoor’s fantastic Garden of Eden house, which has to be seen to be believed. Lucas is also home to the Grassroots Arts Center, and World’s Largest Things, which has the world’s largest collection of the world’s smallest versions of the world’s largest things.
posted by plastic_animals at 2:40 PM on November 10, 2019 [1 favorite]

Flatbranch in Columbia, MO, followed by ice cream at Sparky’s if it’s open.

Gates BBQ in Kansas City.
posted by honeybee413 at 4:53 PM on November 10, 2019 [2 favorites]

Cozy Burger in Salina, KS
posted by fluttering hellfire at 5:42 PM on November 10, 2019

You’ll want to stop by Free State Brewery in Lawrence, KS.
posted by mezzanayne at 6:23 PM on November 10, 2019

Capen Park, a small city park in Columbia, MO has a short limestone cliff band overlooking some very pretty forest. If it's nice out, it's a great spot to stretch your legs and maybe sit on top and have a bit of a picnic.
posted by j_curiouser at 9:52 PM on November 10, 2019 [1 favorite]

Al's Chickenette in Hays will provide all your fried chicken needs. Also Flatbranch in CoMo ... get a growler to go.
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet at 11:32 AM on November 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

I recommend a detour to Hutchinson, Kansas, and the Underground Salt Museum. It's not immediately on I-70, but it's not that big a detour on a long drive and is totally worth seeing. (There's also the Cosmosphere across the street!)
posted by asperity at 12:54 PM on November 11, 2019

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