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Travel through history on The Mother Road at Route 66 State Park. Route 66 captured Americansâ€™ imagination and exposed millions of citizens to small towns and different cultures across the country. Sample a slice of that at Route 66 State Parkâ€™s visitor center, which has displays showcasing the road. The visitor center is the former Bridgehead Inn, a 1935 roadhouse that sat on the original Route 66. The parkâ€™s location, close to metro St. Louis provides visitors with a quick getaway to nature. More than 40 types of birds have been identified in the park and picnic sites are sprinkled throughout the park.