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 the municipal water tower was painted bright yellow and adorned with a contrasting smiley face on a long white base.

It's very hard to miss as you pass through the town. If you're traveling east to west then it appears on your right hand side not long after passing the Bunyon Giant. Whilst being a relatively new addition to the long list of roadside attractions on Route 66 it certainly has the right level of kitsch to fit in!

Hopefully this happy fella will bring a smile to your face too as you stop to check out what else Atlanta has to offer to road-tripping travelers.

The smiley face water tower is really quite hard to miss and a great photo-opportunity if nothing else!

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