Main Street of America: Route 66 Attractions State by State

The iconic highway has inspired road trips, songs, and animated movie characters since construction on the “Main Street of America” was approved in 1926, back when gas cost less than a quarter a gallon.

Grant Park (Chicago)

To find the original “Historic 66 Begin” sign, travelers can head to the southern side of Adams Street and look west toward Wabash Avenue.

There are 23 murals in Pontiac, including the Route 66 shield on the back of the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum.

Mural City (Pontiac, Illinois)

The Lauterbach Giant is a giant fiberglass statue towering over the parking lot of Lauterbach Auto Service in Springfield.

Lauterbach Giant (Springfield, Illinois)

The Chain of Rocks Bridge, constructed in 1929, sits 60 feet above the Mississippi River and links Madison with St. Louis. The mile-long historic structure is popular with motorists and cyclists.

Chain of Rocks Bridge (Madison, Illinois)

World’s Largest Catsup Bottle  (Collinsville, Illinois)

Drivers can find the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle a little south of downtown Collinsville. The 170-foot-tall historic water tower was completed in 1949 for the Brooks Foods plant.

Visitors can also get a glimpse of VW Rabbits and pick up some Route 66 gifts and memorabilia.

Henry’s Rabbit Ranch  (Staunton, Illinois)

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