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The Illinois Lincoln Highway National Scenic Byway
Provided by the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition
Rediscover the Charm of the American Road We welcome you to experience Illinois’ premier National Scenic Byway, 179 miles of adventure filled with variety, rich in history, beauty and culture.
Relive the thrill of discovery around every corner that motorists experienced over 100 years ago, as you uncover a past era woven together with the present, along the Lincoln Highway in northern Illinois!
How it all Began
Built in the early 1900s, stretching from Times Square in New York to San Francisco, California, the Lincoln Highway was America’s first successful transcontinental highway.
The dream of a road that crossed the country was taken from concept to reality by visionaries, great marketing, and the labor that was needed to build that dream. The famed highway grew capable of meeting the needs of the increasingly mobile nation, forever changing society.
Travel the Lincoln Highway - Illinois Style
Take the ultimate road trip! The historic Lincoln Highway route in Illinois is known today as U.S.30, Illinois Routes 31 and 38, as it traverses from the east on the Indiana border in Lynwood to the western terminus at the mighty Mississippi in Fulton. Today you can follow the historic byway finding something for everyone. Illinois offers the best Lincoln Highway experience for visitors, presenting large-scale projects, such as the Lincoln Highway Interpretive Murals and Gazebos along with byway exhibits, authentic sites, and countless attractions. Visit our picturesque communities along the highway corridor, each highlighting their notable connection to the famed byway, as well as offering a bountiful array for the perfect getaway; cozy lodging, parks and outdoor recreation, historic architecture, family fun, auto racing, outstanding dining, riverboat gaming, wineries, museums, boutique shopping, festivals, special events and so much more!
A Must See!
One of the largest works of public art in the country! The Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition’s award-wining series of 35 Interpretive Murals stretches along the byway corridor, touching over two dozen communities. Each mural is a hand painted, 10 x 20 square foot unique work of art, with a fascinating true story to tell from the history of the early Lincoln Highway. Elements of a bygone era are evident in every painting; the “larger than life” images will allow you to be transported back in time to recognize the importance the Lincoln Highway and its communities have had on America’s evolution of travel.
You Are Invited
We invite you to visit each of the 16 Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Gazebos located in different communities along the highway corridor. Each gazebo offers an enjoyable way to take in the many, intriguing stories of the famed highway and the communities that were impacted by its development. Be sure to visit every gazebo to see a total of 48 different display panels!
You are invited to see our one-of-a-kind Lincoln Highway exhibits. Our multi-dimensional, interactive exhibit is displayed at the Joliet Area Historical Museum in Joliet, Illinois. Its contemporary style and striking graphics present vintage photos complimented by compelling text to convey the Lincoln Highway’s impact on American travel.
Other interesting Lincoln Highway exhibits can be seen at the Dixon Welcome Center, in Dixon and the Phillips Park Visitor Center in Aurora. Be sure to check our website for the location of our Traveling Exhibit which is displayed on a rotation schedule throughout our Illinois communities.
There is always something happening on the Illinois Lincoln Highway, where every mile is a story!
Download our complete visitor guide to find more year-round fun at drivelincolnhighway.com, or call toll free: 866-455-4249..
Illinois Lincoln Highway National Scenic Byway
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Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition
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