ROUTE 66, USA: Top 5 Surprising Things I Found

Top 5 Surprising Things I Found

I had certain expectations for what I would find on my mini road trip through the Illinois portion of Route 66, but some things I found were surprising:

#5 Interstate 55 (Stevenson Expressway) is a part of historic Route 66

Route 66 road sign - close up
Route 66 starts right across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago

#4 Paul Bunyan and Gemini Giant were created from the same mold!

#3 Number of people from around the world that visited the Route 66 shop in Atlanta, IL

Historic Downtown light post in Atlanta, IL
Historic Downtown light post in Atlanta, IL

#2 Cozy library in Atlanta, IL

#1 The calming feel of being in a small town

Have you traveled this portion of Route 66? If so, I’d love to know what things you found surprising in the comments below. I’m hoping one day I’ll be able to travel the whole Route 66.

Happy travels,


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  1. So I guess I’ve been traveling Old Route 66 and never knew it…. the Stevenson Expressway!! Very interesting account of your travels. Thanks for sharing!

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