Kick back, relax and take a drive along the Mother Road, Old Route 66 all around Macoupin and Madison Counties. There are more than 30 different sites to see along Route 66 from Livingston and Staunton to Edwardsville, Glen Carbon and the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge which crosses the Mississippi River.
Check out these must-see sites:
1. Henry’s Rabbit Ranch, 1107 Historic Old Route 66, Staunton, IL. This modern attraction celebrates Route 66 with an emporium of highway and trucking memorabilia and rabbits, the hopping kind and the Volkswagen kind.
2. Staunton Traction System Interpretive Statue. Before roads, railways were the rage in the early 1900s. Once Henry Ford’s Model T came out and Route 66 was born, rails were doomed. Visit this site and learn about the history of life before the roads.
3. Decamp Station, 8767 State Route 4, Staunton, IL, open Wednesday – Sunday 4 p.m. to midnight. This historic roadhouse on Route 66 once housed tourist cabins, a dance hall, gambling and a brothel. Today the historic tavern displays the photographs of the old dance hall.
4. Country Classic Cars, 2149 East Frontage Rd., Staunton, IL. This family owned and operated business features 400 classic cars and trucks displayed outside and in an indoor showroom with 400 classics under its roof.
5. World Famous Pink Elephant Antique Mall, 908 Veterans Memorial Dr., Livingston, IL, open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a place you don’t want to miss along Route 66, stop in to view their selection of antiques and collectibles.
6. Larger than life sculptures at the Pink Elephant Antique Mall, 908 Veterans Memorial Dr., Livingston, IL. Look for a large pink elephant, a male swimmer, a bright green UFO, and two elephants emerging from the exterior wall.
7. Twistee Treat 50s Diner, 908 Veterans Memorial Dr., Livingston, IL, open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. After looking around the Pink Elephant Antique Mall stop inside the ice cream cone building for burgers, fries and ice cream.
8. Livingston Muffler Man, 908 Veterans Memorial Dr., Livingston, IL. Located outside the Pink Elephant Antique Mall the Muffler Man in his spiffy orange Harley- Davidson shirt is something you can’t miss.
9. “Hamel Barn”, Old US 66 at Church Road, North of Hamel, IL. Travelers can see the “Hamel Barn” which is an example of the early highway advertisements for Meramec Caverns.
10. St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6969 W. Frontage Road, Worden, IL. This church is known for its large blue neon cross that signifies safe travel for those driving along Route 66.
11. Weezy’s Route 66 Bar and Grill, 108 S Old US Route 66, Hamel, IL, open Monday – Saturday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. This diner has a Route 66 theme with vintage signs and photos of old vehicles lining the wall.
12. Route 66 Ridez, 230 North Old Route 66, Hamel, IL, open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Features automotive repair and restoration and a gift shop with Route 66 souvenirs.
13. Hamel School Log Cabin, 400 W. State Rt. 140, Hamel, IL. The cabin was built between 1820 and 1852 and illustrates early farm life and contains artifacts from around that period.
14. Edwardsville Downtown Historic District, North Main Street. Its quaint tree lined street offers a variety of locally owned shops and eateries. You’ll find timeless buildings and modern conveniences meet in Illinois’ third oldest city.
15. Stagger Inn Again, 104 East Vandalia St., Edwardsville, IL, open Monday – Wednesday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Thursday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Edwardsville’s oldest continuously operating drinking establishment is a restaurant by day and bar by night with good food and live music.
16. Afterwords Books, 441 E. Vandalia St., Edwardsville, IL. Visit Afterwords to get all your Route 66 information.
17. Recess Brewing, 307 North Main St., Edwardsville, IL, open Tuesday – Thursday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday – Saturday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The brewery provides locally crafted beer and educates visitors about how the beer is made. Bring in your own food as you enjoy the different brews on tap at this community supported brewery.
18. Cleveland-Heath, 106 North Main Street, Edwardsville, IL, open Monday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Stop by for a great environment, surrounded by happy people, awesome drinks, and gourmet comfort food.
19. Bigelo’s Bistro, 140 North Main St., Edwardsville, MO, open Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. This favorite dining experience in Edwardsville features “inventive” food and drink.
20. Wildey Theatre, 252 North Main Street, Edwardsville, IL. This historic theatre was built in 1909 and was recently renovated. It now offers a full range of events, including movies, musicals, live theatre and concerts all conveniently located in the downtown historic district of Edwardsville,IL.
21. Madison County Historical Society Museum and Archival Library, 715 North Main Street, Edwardsville, IL, open Wednesday – Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about the people, places and events that shaped Madison Country throughout its century plus history. Located in the second oldest brick house in Edwardsville, IL.
22. The 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House, 409 S. Buchanan St., Edwardsville, IL, tour hours are Thursday – Saturdays 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. The beautifully restored Stephenson house offers tours by costumed docents who represent the Stephenson family in the oldest brick building in Madison County.
23. St. Louis Street Historic District, 603 through 1306 St. Louis St., Edwardsville, IL. You’ll find a collection of beautiful homes built in the 1880’s and 1890’s that represent different architectural styles from that time period.
24. Edwardsville City Park, 101 South Buchanan, Edwardsville, IL. The city’s most centrally located park houses the Madison County Centennial Monument and beautiful park fountain. The park is also host to a number of large community festivals and events each year.
25. Leclaire Village Historic District, Edwardsville, IL. This vibrant area has a beautiful lake and park, baseball field and is home to the Edwardsville Children’s Museum.
26. Edwardsville Children’s Museum, 722 Holyoake Rd., Edwardsville, IL. Located in the historic Leclaire Village, the museum features different education stations where kid’s imagination can go wild.
27. Glen Carbon Heritage Museum, 124 School St., Glen Carbon, IL. The museum was originally built in 1914 as the community school. It now houses the Heritage Museum with original hardwood floors and tin ceilings. Inside you’ll find a recreated classroom setting, military uniforms from various eras and Native American artifacts.
28. Covered Bridge in Glen Carbon, South Main St. It was constructed in 1976 to celebrate the 200th birthday of the United States and is now the village’s focal point.
29. Yanda Log Cabin, 148 South Main St., Glen Carbon, IL. The cabin was believed to have been built in 1853 and was found within the walls of a modern home. The cabin underwent renovations to be restored and now serves as a satellite center for the Glen Carbon Heritage Museum.
30. The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, Madison, IL. At 5,353 feet long, it is one of the world’s longest bicycle and pedestrian bridges. The bridge spans across the Mississippi River and has a rich history.