10 Best Things to See on Illinois Route 66

by Valerie Bromann @ Silly America

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Let's take a look at 10 of the must-see attractions on this stretch of your road trip.

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Route 66 Begins Sign

Ready to get your kicks on Route 66? Every great road trip along the Mother Road starts here.


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The Gemini Giant Muffler Man

The Gemini Giant is a 28-foot tall muffler man who stands outside the Launching Pad restaurant in Wilmington, Illinois.


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Abraham Lincoln on a Covered Wagon

The Railsplitter Covered Wagon and giant Lincoln statue is 40-feet long, 12-feet wide and 25-feet tall.


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Henry’s Rabbit Ranch

Henry’s Rabbit Ranch is a Route 66 visitor center and souvenir shop with a particular pedigree. The theme here, if you couldn’t guess, is rabbits.


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Route 66 Shield Mural

Pontiac, Illinois is known as “Route 66 Mural City.” This is the first, biggest, and most well-known Route 66 mural in Pontiac.


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Cozy Dog Drive In

Get a taste of history at this Route 66 institution: Cozy Dog Drive In in Springfield, Illinois.


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Pink Elephant Antique Mall

This location not only features a giant pink elephant but also a parade of one more giant thing after the next


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Route 66 Memory Lane

An original 1-mile stretch of Route 66 has been restored and turned into an interpretive trail.


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Muffler Man with a Hot Dog

In 1966 a muffler man was erected in Cicero, Illinois. In 2002 the hot-dog wielding giant muffler man was relocated to Route 66 park in Atlanta.


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World’s Largest Catsup Bottle

Unfortunately there is no ketchup in this 170-foot tall catsup bottle, instead the structure serves as a water tower for Collinsville, Illinois


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