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“Get your Kicks on Route 66”


Community Education Travel -
CET 2023

Trail blaze a true American icon as we tour a portion of “America’s mother road”, Route 66! Today, John Wiess, renowned author of several Route 66 books and an expert guide, joins us in Joliet, IL to give a fascinating narrated guided tour of the scenic byway and roadside attractions to Pontiac, IL. This stretch of the highway, near its Chicago origin, once stretched all the way to Santa Monica, CA. Today we’ll go back to America’s Golden Age to see some fabulous sights remaining on this portion. After a stop at the Route 66 Visitor Center in Joliet, we begin our journey south to Wilmington to see such famous sights as the “Gemini Giant'', the Eagle Hotel and the Route 66 Antique Mall, where we stop for coffee and rolls. In Gardner, IL we visit the 1906 two-cell jail and a historic streetcar diner. In Dwight, IL we see the 1933 Ambler-Becker Texaco gas station, once the longest operating station on the entire 2,448 mile stretch of Route 66! At the Old Route 66 Café, our group enjoys a fabulous lunch at this family-owned restaurant filled with nostalgic memorabilia. After lunch it’s on the road again and onto Odell, IL to tour the old Standard Oil Station, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In Pontiac, IL one of the great small towns on the entire 66 route, we tour the Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum. Here we learn the story of the people and places that have firmly entrenched the road as a part of Americana. One of the displays titled “Route 66-A photo journal” truly captures the spirit of 66, while another features artifacts and antiques from the road's illustrious history. We’ll also see the town’s “Murals on Main Street '', a unique assortment of outdoor murals and the Pontiac-Oakland Auto Museum to get a nostalgic glimpse back at the autos that once traveled the highway. On our return journey north, stop for a special treat at the famed Polk-A-Dot Diner in Braidwood and see the fiberglass statues of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and the Blues Brothers! Relive the freedom, passion and spirit Route 66 once gave America!

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Forest View Educational Center : CET Departure Zone, North Parking Lot A
Tuesday, May 16
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Mar 18, 2023 $123.00
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Thursday, May 18
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