Road Trip: Historic Route 66 in Illinois 2011/09/11 – 2011/09/12

Route 66 is the most famous road in America. It was created in 1926 and passed through eight states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California (1410 miles).

They call it the “Mother Road”, and Illinois is where it all began. From the majestic skyline of Chicago (at Michigan Avenue and Jackson Boulevard) to the Mighty Mississippi, 435-mile road lead the experience the freedom of the open road and give travelers their “kicks” on Route 66.

Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant, Chicago (

Built in 1923, Lou Mitchell’s has served Route 66 travelers since its beginning. As part of its unique tradition, women receive a free box of milk duds and men get doughnuts while they are waiting.

Route 66 road trip should start at Lou Mitchell’s, 吃飽飽的開始 our journey!

Launching Pad Drive-In and Gemini Giant statue, Wilmington

Founded in 1960, the Launching Pad at first sold only hot dogs and ice cream, but now has a full service menu. It is also home to the Gemini Giant, a fiberglass “muffler man” sporting a space helmet and rocket ship.

Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum, Pontiac

Housed in an historic firehouse, this facility tells the story of the people and places that have been inducted into the hall of fame.

Museum 裡最令人注目的陳設,"car",對了!

City of Pontiac 是一路上「妝扮」最好,最能吸引觀光客的城市。

整個市區共繪有 19 幅壁畫和散置各處的小車,好不熱鬧。

Pontiac is the only city in Central Illinois with three swinging pedestrian bridges. The bridges span the Vermilion River and were originally built so residents could get to work. An 1828 bridge connects Riverview Drive and Play Park. It was first built of iron in 1898 but today is a wooden structure. A 1926 bridge connects Play Park and Chautaqua Park. A 1978 bridge connects the south side of the city with Humiston-Riverside Park.

How can we not get in to this little town?

Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup, Funks Groves (

Debby and Mike Funk continue the family traditions laid down by the previous six generations (since 1824). Sirup is correctly spelled this way to distinguish it from sugar-based syrup.

What a lucky day – Sold Out!

Dixie Truck Stop, Mclean

The Dixie was owned and operated by the Geske family from 1928-2003 and was only closed one day after a fire in 1965. The truck stop has changed hands, but still serves travelers along Route 66 and I-55, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Railsplitter Covered Wagon, Lincoln

The Railsplitter Covered Wagon is the largest covered wagon in the world. It is recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records and was named #1 Roadside Attraction in America by Reader’s Digest magazine (2010).

The wagon weighs five tons and measures 40 feet long, 12 feet wide and 24 feet tall. Abe Lincoln, seated in the front reading a book, weighs 350 pounds and measures 12 feet tall.

Lincoln Home, Springfield

Cozy Dog Drive-In, Springfield (

The “corn dog on a stick” was invented here during World War II by Ed Waldmire when he was in the Air Force stationed in Texas.

Ariston Cafe, Litchfield (

Said to be the oldest cafe on Route 66, this popular restaurant has served excellent food and unbelievable deserts to travelers for more than 80 years.

Just like a grandma’s!

70幾年前的 menu

p.s. We are so honor to be their first guests from Taiwan.

Brooks Catsup Bottle Water Tower, Collinsville (

Standing proudly next to Route 159, this unique 170-foot water tower is the world’s largest catsup bottle. It was built in 1949 for the bottlers of Brooks’s old original rich and tangy catsup.

附記:這次的三條 road trips,就屬 Route 66 標示最難 follow。可能是它完全跟 I-55 平行,所以輕易被取代,怎麼開都又開回 I-55!

本篇發表於 旅途中。將永久鏈結加入書籤。


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