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Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Cafe

Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 AM
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Most picturesque visitor center

This is the most picturesque and beautiful visitor center I've seen in all of the US. The iconic... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Belgrade, Serbia
Beautiful at night!

We arrived late into Sharmock and was greeted by the beautiful lights of the Tower Station. It is... read more

Reviewed January 8, 2019
Melbourne, Australia
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The historic Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café was built in 1936 to serve travelers along Route 66. Used as a model for Ramone's Body Art in the movies Cars and Cars II, it now serves as the Shamrock Visitor Information Center. Housing many...more
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101 E 12th St, Intersection of US Highway 83 and Historic Route 66, Shamrock, TX 79079-1819
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the most picturesque and beautiful visitor center I've seen in all of the US. The iconic gas station and diner from the Rt 66 era is closed, preserved as a historical landmark and transformed into a visitor center. The architecture is Art Deco...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 8, 2019 via mobile

We arrived late into Sharmock and was greeted by the beautiful lights of the Tower Station. It is great to explore during the day but best to see it at night!

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

This is one of the nicest restored buildings along Route 66. Unfortunately, I came through on a Sunday, when it was closed. It is still fun to walk around the outside to appreciate the detail of the building and look through the windows.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 27, 2018

If you go during the day the ladies there have quite a bit of knowledge & History about the old dew drop. The inside is perfectly done to reflect the good ol days right down to the table juke boxes. At night the lights are...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 20, 2018

Would recommend stopping here. The women that work in the gift area are very helpful and friendly. They seem to make the place come to live. Would be cute if they dressed in period clothes.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed November 18, 2018

We came on a Thursday during hours it is supposed to be open, but the visitor center and cafe were closed without explanation. However, this is a must see attraction and it was very interesting even if viewed only from outside.

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed November 11, 2018

As see in the movie, Cars. It was closed by the time we got there. But we did get a great selfie with the tower.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

I only happened upon this gas station looking for food. It was closed but it’s a very neat place to see.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

The U-Drop-In was used in one of the scenes for the movie "Cars" Be sure to get a picture of your car parked in front both in daylight and night

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank dnobull
Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

Very interesting shop if you’re looking for reasonably priced Route 66 souvenirs and memorabilia. Free coffee and drinks with many old pictures from decades ago displayed throughout the store.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Richard M
October 8, 2017|
Response from Butterflydays | Reviewed this property |
Sunday is the only day they are closed. Hours on Monday-Saturday is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (You can still get some beautiful photo's there, and around this little town of Shamrock, Texas). It's right off I-40. It's one cool looking... More