Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois

Take a trip down memory lane in Lexington, Illinois. Route 66 Memory Lane, that is.

In Lexington, Illinois, an original 1-mile stretch of Route 66 has been restored and turned into an interpretive trail complete with original pavement and vintage billboards and signs for Burma Shave, Nehi, Oasis Drive-In, and more. This original two-lane stretch of the Mother Road was dedicated in 1926.

The trail is open year-round to pedestrians and bicyclists and occasionally welcomes automobiles during festivals and on special occasions. Walk on the original road and look for the shields printed beneath your feet.

Find this road trip stop about 10 miles north of Bloomington-Normal, just off the modern day I-55.

Roadside Attraction sign at Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois
Route 66 Roadside Attraction – Memory Lane
This original section of historic Route 66 was dedicated in 1926. The alignment was first known as Route 4. Memory Lane is open to drive on during Lexington’s annual Route 66 reunion, Car show/parade and other special Route 66 events. We invite you to take a stroll down this historic road at any time.
Kelly's on 66 Great Food, Great Fun sign at Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois
Kelly’s on 66 Great Food, Great Fun sign
Billboard at Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois
Billboard at Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois
Billboard at Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois
Billboard at Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois
Walking on the original road at Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois
Walking on the original road at Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois
Double Nickel Drive In fresh frozen custard sign at Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois
Double Nickel Drive In fresh frozen custard sign
Walking on the original road at Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois
Route 66 shield on the road of Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois
Route 66 shield on the road of Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois
Double Nickel Drive In fresh frozen custard sign at Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois
Double Nickel Drive In fresh frozen custard sign
Walking on the original road at Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois
Motel sign at Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois
Route 66 shield on the road of Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois
Route 66 shield on the road of Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois
Oasis Drive-In sign at Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois
Oasis Drive-In sign
Billboard at Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois
Billboard at Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois
Billboard at Route 66 Memory Lane in Lexington, Illinois

Be sure to visit this and more of the best Illinois Route 66 attractions on your road trip on the Mother Road. Add these stops to your itinerary: Ambler’s Texaco Station, Standard Oil Filling Station in Odell, Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum, Mural City Route 66 Murals, and the ​​Route 66 Shield Mural.

Route 66 Memory Lane

Address: Parade Rd, Lexington, IL 61753
Hours: Always Visible
Cost: Free to See

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Take a trip down memory lane in Lexington, Illinois. Route 66 Memory Lane, that is. An original 1-mile stretch of Route 66 has been restored and turned into an interpretive trail complete with original pavement and vintage billboards and signs for Burma Shave, Nehi, and more. This original two-lane stretch of the Mother Road was dedicated in 1926.  #RoadTrips #RoadTripStop #Route66 #Route66RoadTrip #IllinoisRoute66 #Illinois #IllinoisRoadTrip #IllinoisRoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAttraction
Take a trip down memory lane in Lexington, Illinois. Route 66 Memory Lane, that is. An original 1-mile stretch of Route 66 has been restored and turned into an interpretive trail complete with original pavement and vintage billboards and signs for Burma Shave, Nehi, and more. This original two-lane stretch of the Mother Road was dedicated in 1926.  #RoadTrips #RoadTripStop #Route66 #Route66RoadTrip #IllinoisRoute66 #Illinois #IllinoisRoadTrip #IllinoisRoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAttraction

VAL BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

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 hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!