Giant Beach Guy - a roadside attraction at Pink Elephant Antique Mall in Livingston, Illinois

Giant Beach Guy and Elephants roadside attractions in Livingston, Illinois

There are more roadside attractions to see outside of the Pink Elephant Antique Mall in Livingston, Illinois than just the pink elephant…there are, in fact TWO other fiberglass elephants (smaller and grayer, but still) AND a giant Beach Guy!   Between these two gray elephants, this fiberglass giant beach guy, and the pink elephant, this …

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Superdawg Drive-In in Chicago, Illinois. | Giant Hot Dogs on a Restaurant's Roof

Thanks for Stopping – Superdawg in Chicago, Illinois

When you think of Chicago and food there are two delicacies that will inevitably pop into your head: pizza and hot dogs. While they might not be the most sophisticated of culinary models, these are definitely Chicago staples. And no one does it like Chicago, a city where the pizza is described as a pie …

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The Old Dolls' House at Midway Village in Rockford, Illinois

Midway Village – The Old Dolls’ House

Another feature of Midway Village in Rockford, Illinois (besides, of course, the sock monkey museum) is The Old Dolls’ House, a museum full of doll houses and miniatures. This collection of doll houses, built in 1988, features miniature homes representing countries around the globe and throughout time. While in Rockford be sure to also check …

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Sock Monkey Museum at Midway Village in Rockford, Illinois

Sock Monkey Museum at Midway Village in Rockford, Illinois

In addition to the Victorian Village and old doll house exhibit at Rockford’s Midway Village, another museum stands out among the attractions. Midway Village Museum is a small museum at 20,000 square feet that packs in exhibits that explore the history of the area. One of the featured, and most popular, exhibits is called The …

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Midway Village in Rockford, Illinois

Midway Village Old-Time Town in Rockford, Illinois

Midway Village is a town of yesteryear in Rockford Illinois. In the old-time Victorian town, guides dressed in turn-of-the-century wear take you around the village to see how people lived in 1900. The Village showcases 26 historical structures and represents the typical rural town in Northern Illinois at the end of the 19th and the …

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Gertrude the Cow - giant cow statue in Rockford, Illinois

Gertrude the Cow in Rockford, Illinois

I drove through Rockford, Illinois yesterday, after taking a cheese making class at Angelic Organics in nearby Caledonia. While in town I tracked down this big fiberglass bovine roadside attraction: Gertrude the Cow. The giant cow statue looks over the farm at Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre and Children’s Farm. Gertrude the cow is a …

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Agricultural Crash Monument in Norway, Illinois

Agricultural Crash Monument in Norway, Illinois

The Agricultural Crash Monument in Norway, Illinois, can be a somewhat freakish site if you don’t know that it’s a roadside attraction. Driving along a gravel farm road in the dark of 9pm and all of a sudden, out your car window, you’ll see a small plane crashed into the ground. Never fear, the Norway …

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The Spindle in Berwyn, Illinois. Also known as cars on a spike or the car kabob. This roadside attraction was torn down in 2008.

The Spindle in Berwyn, Illinois (AKA Car Kabob) (GONE)

  Created in 1989 by Dustin Shuler, The Spindle (AKA the Car Kabob AKA Cars on a Spike) has graced Cermak Plaza in Berwyn, Illinois for almost as long as I’ve been alive. The spindle sculpture towers above the parked cars in the lot, showcasing vehicles from the late 1960s to early 1980s impaled on …

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Smiley Face Water Tower in Atlanta, Illinois

Smiley Face Water Tower in Atlanta, Illinois

Here’s a quick photo that will surely make you smile: this is the smiley face water tower in Atlanta, Illinois! This water tower must be really happy to live in this midwestern town! But, I mean, with its prominent place on Route 66, who wouldn’t be! This smiley water tower is located on Route 66 …

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Sapp Bros. Coffee Pot Sign in Peru, Illinois

Sapp Bros Big Coffee Pot Sign in Peru, Illinois

I had read online that this Sapp Bros big coffee pot sign in Peru, Illinois was the world’s largest coffee pot… I seriously doubt that claim. But while it may not be the biggest coffee pot of the world…or even really a coffee pot at all…this Illinois roadside attraction was still a pretty awesome road …

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The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book - Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip! By Valerie Bromann

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.