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Smiley face water tower, Atlanta

Smiley face water tower, Atlanta

Atlanta, Illinois, is home to one of the happiest sights you could hope to pass on your Route 66 roadtrip – the smiley face water tower – one of the largest smiley faces you’ll ever see! Back in 2003 the town of Atlanta turned 150 years old, and as part of the 150th birthday celebration… Read More

Stafford Air and Space Museum, Oklahoma

Stafford Air and Space Museum, Oklahoma

The Stafford Air and Space Museum was founded in 1981 with a simple display case in the Weatherford airport terminal and has grown to become one of the premier educational attractions in western Oklahoma. The museum is named after Thomas P. Stafford, one of a handful of astronauts who flew to the moon prior to Apollo 11. The… Read More

Tally’s Good Food Café, Tulsa, OK

Tally’s Good Food Café, Tulsa, OK

Open 7 days a week for breakfast (served all day), lunch, and dinner, Tally’s Good Food Café has become a fixture for locals and Route 66 travelers passing through Tulsa. Although not an original historic diner the interior of Tally’s embraces the classic fifties-era design and the exterior boasts some impressive neon. Famed for it’s… Read More

Teepee Curios, Tucumcari

Teepee Curios, Tucumcari

Built in the early 1940’s this old Gulf gas station eventually succumbed to the widening of Route 66, losing it’s pumps but gaining new business selling curios to Route 66 travelers. The large concrete teepee certainly makes it stand out as you cruise through Tucumcari.   Read More

The Ariston Café, Litchfield, Illinois

The Ariston Café, Litchfield, Illinois

The Ariston Café was founded by Pete Adam, a Greek immigrant, in 1924 and has now been placed on the National Registry of Historic places. The Ariston Café is believed to be the oldest café on Route 66 and holds a spot in the Route 66 Hall of Fame. A family-run restaurant, the staff are friendly and genuinely interested in… Read More

The Big Texan Steak Ranch, Amarillo

The Big Texan Steak Ranch, Amarillo

The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, comprises of a Western-inspired motel and steakhouse restaurant, and is a must-stop along Route 66. The motel itself is designed to look like a main street in a Wild West town, complete with shuttered windows and an actual area for the horses! However: you don’t visit The… Read More

The Coleman Theatre, Miami

The Coleman Theatre, Miami

The Coleman Theatre is a beautifully restored theatre that was donated to the City of Miami (pronounced Mi-am-uh) by the Coleman family in 1989. Originally opened in 1929 as a vaudeville theatre and movie palace, the Coleman was designed to bring a touch of glamour to the city. The Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ and gigantic… Read More

The Galleries At Sunset Center, Amarillo

The Galleries At Sunset Center, Amarillo

Describing themselves as “unlike anything your dreams can imagine, all under one roof, a visual and ecological paradise, plus outdoor sculpture gardens”, the art galleries located at the Sunset Centre are a collective of over a hundred artists. The Centre conducts First Friday Art Walks on the “First Friday” of each month between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. “Fifty five… Read More

The Joliet Route 66 Diner, Illinois

The Joliet Route 66 Diner, Illinois

The Joliet Route 66 Diner is a great retro diner featuring wall signs from the 50’s and 60’s, offering a traditional diner breakfast and lunch menu. Located within walking distance of the Joliet Historical Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center, the diner boasts a wide range of dishes including Mexican, crab, Florentine or country Benedicts for… Read More

The Round Barn, Arcadia

The Round Barn, Arcadia

At 60’ in diameter and 45’ in height the Round Barn in Arcadia claims to be the only “true” round barn: “most are actually hexagonal or octagonal”. Built in 1898 the roof eventually collapsed in 1988 but has since been restored to it’s former glory. The loft space can now be hired for events and… Read More