Sprague's Super Service Station in Normal, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Sprague’s Super Service Station in Normal, Illinois

You might say that this Route 66 road trip stop is pretty super: Sprague’s Super Service Station in Normal, Illinois. Sprague’s Super Service Station opened in 1931. The two-story Tudor Revival building was constructed by William Sprague and housed a gas station, a garage, a café, and two second-floor apartments. Unlike most service stations of … Read more

​​Route 66 Shield Mural in Pontiac, Illinois

​​Route 66 Shield Mural in Pontiac, Illinois

They say go big or go home. And this Route 66 stop is BIG: the Route 66 Shield Mural in Pontiac, Illinois is one of the most photographed murals on the Mother Road. The first, the biggest, and the most well-known Route 66 mural in Pontiac, Illinois, and perhaps on the entire Route, is the … Read more

Ambler's Texaco Gas Station in Dwight, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Ambler’s Texaco Gas Station in Dwight, Illinois

Don’t amble to this Illinois Route 66 roadside attraction: Ambler’s Texaco Gas Station in Dwight, Illinois. Ambler’s Texaco Gas Station (AKA the Ambler-Becker Station, Vernon’s Texaco Station, and Becker’s Marathon Gas Station) was built by Jack Shore in 1933 along historic Route 66 in the Village of Dwight. For, appropriately, 66 years it lived on … Read more

Greetings from Litchfield Mural in Illinois on Route 66

Greetings from Litchfield, Illinois Mural on Route 66

Greetings from Litchfield, Illinois! Visit the Greetings from Litchfield, Illinois postcard-style mural on your Route 66 road trip. Greetings Tour is a national art project that seeks to add postcard-style murals across the country. Made up of muralist Victor Ving and photographer Lisa Beggs, Greetings Tour travels around the US in an RV to create … Read more

Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument in Lincoln, Illinois Route 66 roadside attraction

Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument in Lincoln, Illinois

I have a confession to make: I have licked a public watermelon. Yes, it’s true. I went to take a picture with the Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument in Lincoln, Illinois, stuck out my tongue to “pretend” to be eating it, and accidentally licked it. It tasted metallic. Lesson learned: I would highly recommend against licking … Read more

Rich & Creamy in Joliet, Illinois - Route 66 Ice Cream Shop

Rich & Creamy in Joliet, Illinois – Route 66 Ice Cream Shop

Rich & Creamy in Joliet, Illinois is a small ice cream shop with big ties to Route 66. This little ice cream shop in Joliet, Illinois originally opened as Creamy Delight in the 1970s. The building itself was built in 1965 and served as an office before it became a place to get soft serve. … Read more

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois Route 66 roadside attraction

Route 66 Muffler Men in Illinois

If you’re traveling on Route 66 you’ll find roadside attractions of every sort. There are museums, murals, world’s largest things, and historical sites at every turn. On the Illinois stretch there’s one roadside attraction that particularly stands out: the muffler man. Known for their “three gentle giants of Illinois” you can find three famous Route … Read more

Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois - Lauterbach Giant roadside attraction on Route 66

Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois (Lauterbach Giant)

You might lose your head over this Route 66 roadside attraction. But, don’t worry, you’ll be in good company, because he once lost his head too. Meet the Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois (AKA the Lauterbach Giant). This fiberglass Illinois Route 66 Muffler Man has stood in the parking lot outside Lauterbach Tire … Read more

Paul Bunyon Muffler Man Holding a Hot Dog in Atlanta, Illinois - Route 66 Roadside attraction

Muffler Man Holding a Hot Dog in Atlanta, Illinois

When you think of the word “Muffler Man” what do you think? Is it a guy who fixes your car? Or is it a person made from car mufflers? If you’re like me, you think differently, and think of something like this Muffler Man holding a hot dog in Atlanta, Illinois. A muffler man roadside attraction … Read more