Joliet & Wilmington
My husband, daughter, and I started our Route 66 road trip along State Route 53 in Joliet. This Chicago suburb is well known to fans of The Blues Brothers, a 1980 movie that was filmed in the area. Look up as you drive by Rich & Creamy, a retro ice cream stand within Route 66 Park, to see Jake and Elwood performing for customers. The nearby Joliet Area Historical Museum features a Route 66 Welcome Center with interactive exhibits. And the ornate Rialto Square Theatre also turns 90 this year. Make sure to stop in nearby Wilmington to see the Gemini Giant, the first of several huge “Giant Men” aka “Muffler Men” advertising statues you’ll see along Route 66. Just down the road, fuel up with burgers, cheese fries and malts at the Polk-A-Dot Drive-In, which opened in 1956.
These are the most gorgeous spring destinations in America.