Uranus Missouri

Uranus Missouri
Location: 14400 Highway Z; St Robert, MO  65584
Price: Free
Smashed Penny Machine: Yes, but it cost $1.01

This was our first stop on our Route 66 part of the trip.  Uranus Missouri is not old enough to have been part of the original Route 66 but it certainly catches the vibe of slightly off the wall road side stop.  The main part of the building is a small gift and fudge shop.  But the location also houses a bar and grill, an outdoor outfitter, an escape room, an archery range, a tattoo parlor and a food truck.

When you first pull into Uranus, you are going to notice the outdoor decor right away.  We spent several minutes getting pictures with all the various statues and photo props that line the property.  The parking lot is fairly large and most of the statues and stuff are over by the food truck and outdoor seating area at the bottom of the hill near the entrance to parking lot.  The buildings are at the top of the hill (with the archery range actually behind the main buildings).  We arrived about 5 minutes after the main gift shop opened so none of the other attractions were open (which is fine we were just there for a small rest stop anyway).

The main gift shop is not overly large but has a good selection of random t-shirts, coffee mugs and oddities along with lots of candy.  If off brand humor is not your cup of tea, then I’d avoid this stop.  Most the novelties played off the name of Uranus and the jokes were a little off-color.  The jokes weren’t so bad as you need a PG-13 rating to come in here but figure your 12-year-old is going to giggle uncontrollably at all the butt and fart jokes.

They also serve fresh made fudge.  We got several varieties for a snack, used the restrooms (which were very clean although a little bit of tight quarters) and got back on the road.  The total length of our stop was probably thirty minutes.

Overall:  It’s a fun place to stop and stretch your legs on a long road trip.  If you were doing a vacation in the general Ozark’s area, it might be neat to try out the food options but I felt like we covered what they had to offer very easily in 30 minutes.  I’m not sure I’d go out of my way to make a stop here but it was fun and quirky.

Having fun with the cutouts
Alex and Mr B with a dinosaur

Southwest Trip Overview

This summer we decided to do a tour of the American Southwest.  Since the first half of the trip followed very close to Route 66, we HAD to do some traditionally roadside stops. A lot of these locations have tons of other cool things to do in the area (several of the parks could be a trip of their own) so pretty much any single day could be turned into a longer trip.  This overall trip had a lot of windshield time (over 4400 miles total) but it is very doable.  We had a large traveling party (as usual).  Total there were 10 people in our group (in two cars): my parents (ages 59), my family (34, 32, 7, 1), and my sister’s family (30, 28, 5, 2).  Also for our time in Santa Fe my older sister drove down from Colorado Springs and met us for the day with her family (41, 39, 13, 11).

Day 1 Travel from Evansville, IN to Amarillo, TX
Route 66 Stops along the route:
Uranus Missouri – St Robert, MO
World’s Largest McDonald’s – Vinita, OK
World’s Largest Totem Pole – Foyil, OK
Pops Soda Ranch – Arcaida, OK
Hotel in Amarillo, TX

Day 2 Bandelier National Monument
Hotel in Albuquerque, NM

Day 3 El Malpais National Monument
El Morro National Monument
Petrified Forest National Park
Hotel – Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, AZ

Day 4 Standin’ on the Corner Park, Winslow, AZ
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Wupatki National Monument
Grand Canyon National Park – Desert View Entrance and Watchtower
Hotel in Tusayan, AZ

Day 5 Grand Canyon National Park – South Entrance

Day 6 Slide Rock Park
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Saguaro National Park – Tucson Mountain District
Hotel in Tucson, AZ

Day 7 Chiricahua National Monument
White Sands National Monument
Hotel in El Paso

Day 8 Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Hotel in Odessa, TX

Day 9 Medieval Times, Dallas, TX
Hotel in Arkadelphia

Day 10 Hot Spring National Park
Lambert’s Café, Sikeston, MO