Elwood, IL

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway

The original Route 66 traveled through Elwood on what is now Douglas Street. The original pavement, once buried under years of “progress” and asphalt, has been brought to the surface thanks to a recent renovation project. A quick jog off of the busy state route takes you onto the genuine Mother Road. Travel over the original roadway and visit the worker statues and wayside exhibit while enjoying Elwood’s peaceful hometown district.

Elwood is also home to the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, which covers 982 acres in Elwood. When fully completed, it will provide 400,000 burial spaces.