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Henry’s Rabbit Ranch, Staunton, Illinois

Henry’s Rabbit Ranch, Staunton, Illinois

Henry’s Rabbit Ranch is a Route 66 tourist centre that is based in a replica old gas station with rusted pumps all around, surrounded by dozens of Volkswagen Rabbits in various states of dilapidation. When you enter the centre you find about a dozen rabbits – of the live kind – living amid the Route 66… Read More

History & Ghost Tours of Old Town, Albuquerque

History & Ghost Tours of Old Town, Albuquerque

History & Ghost Tours of Old Town, Albuquerque, are an incredibly popular attraction for anyone spending the night in the area. “What a fun night of history and Ghost hunting in Old Town Albuquerque. This is a story-telling 90 minute walk around the main square of Old Town after dark. There was a lot going… Read More

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood, Los Angeles

There’s not a lot to say about Hollywood that hasn’t already been said many times before. While you’re here make sure to see the Kodak Theatre, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood sign and the stars on the walk of fame. It’s a very touristy area by day and there are plenty of things to see… Read More

Illinois State Capitol building, Springfield

Illinois State Capitol building, Springfield

Springfield is a pilgrimage site for anyone wanting to celebrate the life of Abraham Lincoln. Aside from the location of his home and tomb Springfield is also the site of the State Capitol building with no small thanks to Abraham Lincoln. It’s a beautiful  building found in the heart of Springfield; entry to the state… Read More

Jack Rabbit Trading Post, Joseph City

Jack Rabbit Trading Post, Joseph City

  Jack Rabbit Trading Post is a familiar image to anyone acquainted with Route 66. The famous “Here It Is” sign let’s you know when you’ve arrived and the large model Jack Rabbit outside welcomes all travelers. Like many other iconic Route 66 images the Jack Rabbit Trading Post was referenced in the Disney/Pixar movie… Read More

Launching Pad Drive-In & Gemini Giant, Wilmington

Launching Pad Drive-In & Gemini Giant, Wilmington

Situated in the small town of Wilmington, the launching Pad Drive-In has been feeding Route 66 travelers since it first opened it’s doors in 1960. The colourful interior has had a recent makeover courtesy of new owners Tully and Holly and makes the diner an inviting stop between Chicago and Springfield. Recent posts on social… Read More

Lauterbach Giant, Springfield

Lauterbach Giant, Springfield

This gent is the last of the three Illinois “brothers” and sits proudly at the entrance to the Lauterbach’s Tire and Auto Service on the north side of Wabash Street. In 2006 he was sadly decapitated by a twister but thankfully now, due to some macabre bolts in his chest, stands proud once more!   Read More

Leaning Water Tower, Groom

Leaning Water Tower, Groom

Originally a functioning water tower and slated for demolition, the leaning water tower was bought by Ralph Britten and moved to serve as a sign for his truck stop and tourist information center. This truck stop can still be seen, set back off the road behind the tower, now boarded up and in disrepair. The… Read More

Lincoln’s Tomb, Springfield

Lincoln’s Tomb, Springfield

Lincoln’s tomb is situated in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield. In 1960 the Tomb was designated a National Historic Landmark and automatically featured on the National Register of Historic Places. The interior consists of highly polished marble trimmed with bronze and features statues and excerpts from Lincoln’s most memorable speeches. The 117 foot tomb is… Read More

Lucille’s Gas Station, Hydro

Lucille’s Gas Station, Hydro

Lucille Hamon operated this little gas station from 1941 to 2000 and was often referred to as the “Mother of the Mother Road” due to her hospitality to Route 66 travelers. It’s since been restored and a marker now tells the story of Lucille and her family. A great photo opportunity for all driving Route… Read More