World's Largest Bottle of Catsup
Nine IL Roadside Attractions
As you venture through Illinois, be sure to stop off and check out these nine roadside attractions. Whether you prefer the ideal spot for train spotting, or a near replica of King Tut's tomb, you'll find those and more in Illinois.
1. World's Largest Cross
Make your way into Effingham and check out the World's Largest Cross. Made with over 180 tons of steel, the World's Largest Cross reaches a height of 198 feet. This monument is also known as the "Cross at the Crossroads" as it stands over Interstate 57 and Interstate 70.
2. Kaskaskia Dragon
Just west of Effingham along I-70 you'll discover Vandalia, home of the very popular and always impressive Kaskaskia Dragon. 35 feet in length and nearly two stories tall, the Kaskaskia Dragon is a fire-breathing must-see.
Acquire a Dragon Coin from the nearby Kaskaskia Hardware Store, drop it into the slot near the dragon, and watch the flames shoot from the mouth as the eye burn bright red – it's sure to be a hit with the kids.
3. World's Largest Catsup Bottle
Enjoy the sights of southern Illinois when you visit Collinsville. Only minutes from nearby Pontoon Beach, this city is home to the World's Largest Catsup Bottle. Constructed in 1949, this catsup bottle is nearly 70 feet tall, and it rests atop a 100-foot tower. You can find it just south of downtown Collinsville on Highway 159.
See the Route 66 Murals in Pontiac
4. Route 66 Murals
Spend some time gazing at the fantastic Route 66 Murals. Starting on 110 W. Howard Street in Pontiac, you can see a string of huge murals.
Each of these murals symbolizes the heart and true nature of what Rout 66 was, and the impact it had on Pontiac and the mid-west.
5. Gold Pyramid House
Built in 1977, this six story replica of the Great Pyramids is a private residence, but tours are available. Right outside the house, watching guard, is a 64-foot tall statue of Ramses II, with its own King Tut's tomb...replica.
6. Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum
Since 2004, the Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac has been enriching the lives of visitors and locals. Visit this exceptional Pontiac-area museum, found in the Old Fire House, and gain insights into the history of Route 66. There are a variety of exhibits, art installations, and guided tours.
7. Miniature Golf in a Funeral Home
Be sure you make plans to explore the Chicago area. Visit the Miniature Golf in a Funeral Home (no, really) in Palatine, which is just minutes from Glenview. Found in the basement of the Ahlgrim Family Funeral Services, this nine-hole miniature golf course includes a wide range of graveyard-themed obstacles for you to put through and around.
A View of the Chicago Skyline
Throughout the rich and cultured history of Illinois, trains and rail travel have an indelible mark. Chicago is often referred to as the "railroad capital" due to it's high volume of rail traffic.
Make your way to Roosevelt Road, which spans from Hillside to downtown Chicago. Along the way, you can see stunning skylines, and multi-track routes from Metra's Rock Island District, to Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
9. Superman Statue
In the deep south of Illinois, right along the Ohio River and the Ohio border, the Superman Statue can be found in the city of Metropolis. At 15 feet tall, the Superman Statue was installed in 1986 to replace the more diminutive seven foot tall statue. Drive in from Marion and find it at Superman Square.