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Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

Mega Mayor Muffler Man in Uranus, Missouri - Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Mega Mayor Muffler Man in Uranus, Missouri

What do you do when you already own one of the weirdest stops on Route 66? Make it more weird! And what better way to do that than by adding a muffler man. Better yet, a custom made muffler man modeled after yourself. Find the Mega Mayor Muffler Man in Uranus, Missouri. The Mega Mayor Muffler Man was erected in Uranus, Missouri – a kitschy strip mall of a town...

Greetings from Galena mural in Galena, Kansas on Route 66

Greetings from Galena mural in Galena, Kansas

Kansas might hold the smallest section of Route 66, but it packs in the sites. Be sure to pull over and visit the Greetings from Galena mural in Galena, Kansas and also check out some of the popular sites depicted within. The mural was designed by Chris Auckerman and Jon White of Images in Tile in 2013. Find it surrounded by a small mural park on the southwest corner...

Rooftop Sinclair Dinosaur in Wilmington, Illinois

Rooftop Sinclair Dinosaur in Wilmington, Illinois

Traveling Route 66 or taking an Illinois road trip? You’ll want to go the way of the dinosaur and visit this fun stop: the Rooftop Sinclair Dinosaur in Wilmington, Illinois. In 1963 a Sinclair service station opened on Route 66 in Wilmington, Illinois. The business of course had one of the company’s signature mascots: a bright green fiberglass...

Waylan’s Ku-Ku Burger in Miami, Oklahoma on Route 66

Waylan’s Ku-Ku Burger in Miami, Oklahoma

You’ll go cuckoo for this Route 66 burger joint. Waylan’s Ku-Ku Burger in Miami, Oklahoma. Inside Waylan’s Ku-Ku Burger you can chow down on a menu of fresh, hot, made-to-order burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, crispy fries, onion rings, dip cones, limeade, frito pie, and more, all while perusing a slew of memorabilia and newspaper clipping among the 1950s decor...

The Leaning Tower of Texas in Groom Texas - Leaning Britten USA water tower on Route 66

The Leaning Tower of Texas in Groom, Texas

You’ve heard of the Leaning Tower of Pisa…but have you heard of the Leaning Tower of Texas in Groom, Texas?  The Leaning Tower of Texas, also known as the Leaning Tower of Britten, is just that: a leaning tower (water tower that is) located, appropriately in Texas. Located along the former Route 66, now US Interstate 40, you can’t miss seeing this odd site...

Roszell's Soda Shop mural - Mural City Route 66 Murals in Pontiac, Illinois

“Mural City” Route 66 Murals in Pontiac, Illinois

Pontiac, Illinois is a quintessential stop on Route 66. It is home to the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum, many historical places, and one of the most photographed murals on Route 66. But there are more than 20 other works of public art painted across the historic downtown that give Pontiac the moniker, Route 66 Mural City. Let’s check them...

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas Route 66 roadside attraction

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas

You won’t find these Cadillacs cruising down the street but you will find them on one of the most famous streets in America. It’s one of the most recognizable roadside attractions on Route 66: Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. Cadillac Ranch is an art installation consisting of ten Cadillac cars, all half buried, nose down in the dirt, slanted and standing in...

Statues of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Betty Boop at the Route 66 Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois

Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois

Route 66 is dotted with plenty of photo ops and classic diners. And you can find both of those in one in Braidwood, Illinois at the Polk-a-Dot Drive In. The Polk-a-Dot Drive In has been feeding hungry travelers since 1956. With a full menu of hamburgers, chicken, hot dogs, ice cream, milkshakes, and their famous chili cheese fries, there is something to order for...